This past weekend I’ve been more focused on health than I have been in some time. It wasn’t a conscious decision, but just something that seems to have happened.
There’s been a lot of media on health of late. For one, there’s the New York and the attempt to ban of soda over 16 ounces. I find it interesting. On one hand, I get what people are saying about personal freedoms. On the other hand, I see the point about the government intervening for the welfare of the nation. I heard somewhere that it is the government’s job to solve problems that we can’t solve individually. After watching the fantastic documentary, The Weight of a Nation, on HBO, I have to say that obesity seems to qualify. I highly recommend watching the documentary. You don’t need an HBO subscription, it seems that HBO made it available on YouTube. Here’s part one.
One of the episodes had a great focus on sugary drinks. While it’s easy to put soda under the microscope, the episode pointed out that juices are potentially equally as bad. In fact, they made the point that the juice was nature’s way of getting us to eat the good stuff in the fruit itself. This is a huge blow for MonaVie, a juice that I’ve written about before. They claimed that their $45 juice was healthy, but it is clear that government agencies are suggesting that they are selling only the worthless part of the juice. While on the topic of MonaVie, this past weekend the post had its 6,000th comment. That’s a lot of discussion.
Before I get to the personal finance links, I had one more health exposure. I bought a Fitbit Ultra, which is essentially a glorified pedometer. It is the size of a thumb drive and you wear on belt or put in your pocket and just live your day. At the end, you find out how many calories roughly you burned. You get metrics like how many steps you took. You can earn badges for climbing lots or stairs or taking a lot of steps. It’s very motivating to try to beat your previous day’s totals. Anything that ties health and motivation in a good way gets me excited. In fact, I’m going to end this now and go out for a quick run…