Alright so it has been over a week since my last post. What can I say, it is summer here in the PNW and that means we are busy bees. I left off the last post with the promise to complete the wellness trifecta. Here we are at number 2, body.
Your body is your temple, do you belive that? Yeah…I fear that many people don’t even come close to thinking this way. We as a society tend to get caught up in the looks, shape and size of our bodies. This is the ego manifesting itself, when we seek wellness we are looking for the true self. We rely upon our bodies for so much; to move, work, love, transport and many other things. There is no question that we have to take care of our bodies to be well.
Treating your body well can really be simplified into three things; 1- love yourself 2- put good things into your body 3- use your body to move. If everyone did these three things I would bet that life would get better.
First, we have to love our bodies, does this mean you can never feel “fat” or gross, not at all. There are plenty of times and days that we just do not feel amazing, that is perfectly normal, the key is to roll with it and don’t let guilt or shame flood in. Be grateful that you have a working body because many people in the world do not. Self -love can take time and energy to develop. This is not something that you can have all of the sudden. I takes work to find and maintain the feeling. I believe that self-love is something you need to work on for your entire life.
Second, we are what we eat. We have heard this a million times, because it is what we put into our bodies fuels us. Our entire system of organs, blood, muscles and tissues is running off of what we eat. We need to do our best to make sure that we are feeding our bodies enough fuel and the best fuel we can. To me the best “diet” is really a lifestyle. It is eating whole real foods and trying your best to moderate sweets and packaged foods. There is enough content in number 2 for its own post so I will not go into further detail here.
Third, use your body to move. We are designed to move and use our muscles. That being said our society is becoming extremely sedentary and we are just starting to see the effects this has such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and spinal issues. The CDC recommends 150 minutes if moderate exercise per week. This is bare bones minimum here. He many of you get that in every week? The health benefits of moving and incorporating fitness are astounding from reducing the risk of cardiac issues, to lowering blood pressure, and many more.
Wellness can mean so many things and I believe it is imperative to sit down and figure out exact ally what it means to you and how you can start to live well. I hope this helps start some conversations in the world whether it is a truthful conversation with yourself or a family meeting with everyone you love.
What would your main wellness components be? I would love to know…