The Basics

The human body is this amazing, super efficient, machine. The more I read about it’s functions and how the different internal systems work together to create this insanely synchronized rhythm for carrying out every process, the more I am amazed. So if the body is so efficient, why do we need to work so hard? Truth is… We DON’T! We just need to listen to what our bodies are telling us, and give it what it needs. So let’s start with the basics.

The human body needs basic necessities for survival; Energy- which comes from our diet- what we eat and drink, Exercise, and Sleep.

Energy is obtained through the food that we eat. Different foods have different nutrients, and the higher the nutritional value, the greater the energy it will yield for a greater period of time. The easiest way to make sure you are giving your body the nutrients it needs is by having a balanced diet. With a balanced diet, we can still enjoy things like pizza and ice cream occasionally, without completely throwing off the system and falling into a “couch potato” rut. You can’t stuff your face with mac and cheese or fried chicken and expect to feel good after. It just doesn’t happen. For more information and for the basics on how to balance your plate there are a variety of websites that offer information. One of my favorites, is http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ This website is like the “latest version” of what we used to rely on for a balanced diet- The Food Pyramid.

When people hear “exercise” they are either pumped up and ready to go or get completely turned off and feel like suddenly losing the weight is going to be their ‘mission impossible’. Well, let me start by telling you that research shows that diet and sleep are actually more important than exercise to maintain a healthy weight. So, you don’t need to be a body builder or marathon runner to succeed here. I always suggest to people that if you are trying to get healthy, start out by making lifestyle changes that will stick, and then if down the road you need a new challenge, change things up and go for it! So how much exercise SHOULD the average adult be getting? Research suggests that either 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly. Strength training exercise should happen at least twice a week. Remember to always consult with your physician if you have any concerns, former injuries or elevated health risks prior to starting a new program.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916

Last but definitely not least, SLEEP! People often don’t realize just how important sleep is for the human body. Different people require different amounts of sleep, so rather than go into too much detail on this one I have included a few resources below for you to explore this need for yourself.

http://www.apa.org/topics/sleep/why.aspx

https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/sleep-health

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221,00.html

http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_sleep_why

Why Start Now?

Why Start Now?

Let’s face it. We all struggle with self image at some point or another in our lives. Whether it be a physical self image, or a social status or position we are in, it happens! I want you to stop and think back for a minute; remember the situation and how you were so positive on how to influence it for the better. How you had a plan, and knew exactly what you were going to do to achieve that goal! You did that for you, because you are worth it! Now, whether or not you stuck to the plan, or the plan got boring and ultimately failed, or you just never put the plan into action, I don’t care right now.  The point is, at one point you believed in yourself, and my goal is to show you how to take that spark of motivation and turn it into fireworks.  We all have one thing in common- a desire to learn more about health and fitness! A thirst for knowledge on how to improve the journey, and the results that come with it! And that’s why I am here. To share with you my story of struggle and success, and how every day I strive to improve to get the most out of my life.

Step one, is to convince yourself you can stick to it. Finding courage and motivation is one of the hardest parts of starting a new journey, a new diet, a new routine.  Because for the one reason we really want something, we can find a million reasons why it’s going to seem impossible to achieve. So let’s not think about that! I find that it helps to first come up with a personal mission statement. Once you have that mission statement, you need to remember it. Whether it’s keeping it in your mind, or writing it on a piece of paper and reading it when the road gets tough. Or waking up everyday and saying it to yourself! I don’t care how, but you need to remember not only what those words are, but what they mean to you. Give them energy, and allow that energy to be the fuel that gives those words meaning, and puts them into action!

You wanna hear mine? “To strive to be the best version of me. To wake up everyday with a purpose and a smile, and to carry out my purpose through dedication to myself and to my journey. To love, respect, and be kind not only to others but also to myself. To strive to overcome challenges and fears, knowing that great reward can only come from great risk. To believe in myself everyday. To be happy.”

So why start now? Because you are worth it! Because you only have one life, and you deserve to have the best life has to offer you.  So, what is your mission statement?