A good lifestyle balance is difficult to achieve in today’s society due to the different pressures, stimuli and obligations that so readily permeate modern life. It is so easy for your physical and mental health to suffer. I believe in re-addressing this balance and making time for both exercise and relaxation to function at your best for you and your family. How often to you here of people only really valuing their health when it is under threat? Prioritising yourself is worth the investment as sad as it is, without your health you won’t be able to enjoy all of the other things that you have invested in with so much time, energy and money.
It’s all connected
To me, physical health and fitness are interlinked with mental health and emotional wellbeing. Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise. The good news about this is that you can reverse these effects or preferably prevent them from occurring by improving daily habits and lifestyle choices. There are so many health conditions that can be prevented through improving your lifestyle choices.
Your life, your choice
Life is precious and all about choices. Choose happy, fit and healthy! If the benefits of exercise could be prescribed in a tablet form then it would be the most prescribed drug on the planet. You just have to make a start and keep going consistently.
We have a vital role in showing our children how to make healthy choices in an increasingly technological world overshadowed by an obesity epidemic. Lead by example! Staying healthy and active will increase your energy levels to cope with family life, work or any of the many other challenges that you face. Be stronger than your excuses and you will like the results. Remember there is someone busier than you working out right now! Work out, eat well, be consistent and your body and mind will reward you. It is up to you!
The power of the fork!
There is so much advice out there on what to eat and what not to eat and it can be highly confusing. Food is not just calories, it is nutrition, it is medicine and it is information! It talks to your DNA and tells it what to do, directly influencing your genetic make up -therefore your fork is a powerful tool in influencing your health.
I think of food as fuel for the body and mind and it is important to me that this fuel is wholesome, varied, balanced and nutritious. Eat natural, real food made of single ingredients – how food used to be eaten when people lived off the land without added sugars, additives, preservatives and toxins. I always tell my children to make sure that they eat the rainbow every day to ensure a balance of nutrients and antioxidants. Think red peppers, carrots, cucumber, cherries rather than a bag of skittles! Healthy eating can be exciting and fun. You wouldn’t put rubbish into your car engine and expect it to perform well now would you?
The following quote highlights exactly how I feel about food and choose to eat.
“Nutrition is not low fat. It’s not low calorie. It’s not being hungry and feeling deprived. It’s nourishing your body with real, whole foods so that you are consistently satisfied and energised to live life to the fullest”.
By changing how you think about food I can help you to control how you look and feel and make better nutritional choices. You can’t out train a bad diet!
Out and about
Although I live in a city suburb, as a family we try and get out into more natural areas as much as we can whether it be to the beach, up a mountain or to a forest. Admittedly, my husband thinks he is Ray Mears so he is often the driving force! We are also lucky in South Liverpool to have so many amazing parks and outdoor areas.
The health and wellbeing benefits of being outdoors are immense. Inspired by the work of psychiatrist and Harvard Professor Dr John Ratey MD, who published “Go Wild” exploring scientific evidence and research into the benefits of exercise outdoors, it is important to me that my personal training sessions take place outdoors whenever possible, in a park, garden or open space. The great outdoors provides unlimited training space and unbounded possibilities. Do you know how many exercises that you can do on a park bench? Most importantly being outside in nature challenges the brain and body in different ways to a typical gym, plus it can boost your mood, increase energy and help you to feel more alive. Dr John Ratey, as a huge advocate of exercise, describes the benefits of training outdoors as the benefits of exercise, squared.