There are so many reasons that you might be reading this. Perhaps you’ve been working out for awhile and you are simply interested in what I have to say. That’s awesome! Maybe you have been instructed by a doctor to lose weight to control a health condition. Or you want to fit into some old jeans. Maybe you want to be able to keep up with your grandchildren, run again, be healthier to be efficient in your line of work or maybe you aren’t yet committed to being healthier, but you’re curious. That’s fine too.
Before I jump into articles about metabolism and resting heart rate, I want to start with a broad, all-encompassing topic. The boring stuff will come later and will probably get read much less than this.
You will hear this term almost daily: It’s Healthy Lifestyle. It’s hard to define because it is not the same for everyone, we all have different needs and goals. But I can tell you that it requires that we focus on 3 primary aspects of our lives to be well rounded and healthy. Each of these 3 items has many facets and tiers and it’s a lot to review it once, so I’ll spare you for today. It’s all things we’ll be breaking down in the coming weeks and months. But as a quick overview, here’s what you’re looking at.
Physical health should be very obvious but there is more than meets the eye here. Aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, power, functionality… the list goes on. It’s the one item that, on the surface, seems simple to manage. However to properly give each of those things the time and attention they need, planning and programming is crucial. The reasons for physical health normally begin with a person wanting an altered appearance. But over time, they realize that how they FEEL is a much better indicator of health than how they LOOK. As time passes, it turns into a being healthy, not looking “skinny” or “fit”.
Nutritional health is next on our list and it is equally, if not more responsible for your health. Our society is one of the most unhealthy societies in existence. Fast food, convenience stores, frozen and boxed foods and the like have turned us into people of instant gratification, unwilling to take the time that is needed to make proper nutritional choices. The reality is that most people just don’t know HOW to make the proper choices and become overwhelmed at the idea of preparing good, whole foods. Expect to see a lot of posts on this topic, I am a meal prep fiend and am looking forward to sharing ideas with you.
Finally, Mental Health will be addressed as the final piece of the puzzle. This can mean many things to people but for today’s purposes, know that mental health is a positive, looking forward frame of mind that facilitates change rather than one that is cluttered, stressed, negative and close minded in thinking. You can anticipate posts on organization, planning and ways to de-stress after a long day as resources to use when life gets overwhelming. It’s very important that this be addressed because planning for the other two items we mentioned is difficult to do when your mental health isn’t up to par.
Life gets busy. I get that. I have three little boys who will overflow a bathroom sink while breaking dishes and tracking dirt into the living room while I am cooking the day’s meals and trying to get ready to leave for work. That’s about the time the dog gets inside and dumps out the trash can and the phone starts ringing. Been there, many times. But I have found that when all three of these things are in balance, I can handle the bad days with a much more positive frame of mind when I have a plan for my physical, nutritional and mental health. Remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish, it is essential.
I hope that you’re looking forward to making the shift towards a healthier lifestyle because it truly is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make and is much easier than you think. Begin gathering a support group of friends and family. Be prepared to plan like you’ve never planned before and go buy yourself a nice set of Tupperware. I’ve got plans for you.