I spent years focused on my fitness & exercise (primarily because I had some serious lower back problems during law school after years riding horses without a saddle). The focus was to improve my physical health and back. Then nutrition became important. In recent years, while hosting my weekly podcast program, “Spirit of FItness”, many of our guests have talked about fitness being a component in the greater picture, that being, “complete health and wellness”. Fitness a part of that picture along with positive attitude and a great mind, body, spirit connection. We have a recurring guest on the program, a success coach, who gives light to all this with her appearances. How do you define your own “health & wellness”?
Taking good care of oneself and staying physically active. Not driving all the time especially distances less than two miles which are easily walkable or easy to bike. Avoiding most fast and processed foods, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and controlled substances. Especially being on the lookout for that toxic high fructose corn syrup when grocery shopping. Also open to try new workout routines at the gym and doing other athletic activities outside. Avoiding injury as much as possible.
Follow the science, but do a critical analysis of any research. Today we are so fortunate to have access to so much information. I suggest you look at peer reviewed, science based materials that help you better understand how our bodies function and respond to food and exercise and then apply some of those evidence based models to yourself. Remember, statistics are never about absolutes, they are about “most” outcomes so there is always something bucking the trend…so look at that is well…you might fall into that space. But for me a rule of thumb…eat well, but within your caloric needs–mostly fruits and veggies, some grains (not too much) and lean meat (not too much) and quality fats (not too much). Use your fists for measuring tools. That counting calories can be a pain in the ass–although it is still the best way to stay on intake target. Do resistance training. Do some kind of “kind to your body” cardio…If you have time restraints and/or obligations, pick resistance training over cardio. Cheers.
Thanks for the input. With my work as a certified personal trainer, I use a variety of methods for my clients. The science is changing, people respond in different ways and I’ve found the best approach is to keep up to date our our CEC requirements, read, listen and communicate on what might best benefit a client. While my main career is legal/ financial, what may seem “settled fact” now, may change. Looks at where we were at 5 years ago. Thanks or the message and have a good week.
Will definitely check out the podcast! Hopefully its on Spotify 🙂
Health and Wellness for me is more than having abs and a lean body. Its being curious enough to experiment, and becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable by pushing my limits. Doing intense cardio for my heart and Lungs. Eating fats, reading, and consuming content for a healthy brain. Also, disconnecting from my cell phone, and getting my stimulation from elsewhere 🙂