As many of you know, I’ve been a rabid student of superior health and fitness for a few decades now, have picked up a several certifications along the way, and have written and consulted extensively on the subject. For today’s post, I wanted to focus on two major truths I’ve discovered during my journey; basically the why and the how of superior health.
I repeat, there is nothing more important than your health!
You could argue that your loved ones, your companion animals, your religion or spiritual practice, your money, your favorite charity or cause, or even your life-path or work, are more important. But I say two things to that:
1. If you want to fully engage whatever is most important in your life, you will need to be as healthy and energized as possible to do so. Your ability to have enough physical energy and overall wellness to be present and engaged for your loved ones, to pursue your life’s purpose with the necessary intensity and consistency, to do the work to make (and enjoy) the money, or to consistently engage in the altruistic practices or volunteerism of callings that are important to you… is all based to some degree on your physical vibrancy. If, for example, you find that it’s hard to get cranking at 8:00 AM, that you’re dealing with energy crashes by 3:00 PM, that you’re wiped-out everyday by 6:00 PM – or that you need the weekends to recover from your typical “work week,” it’s going to be difficult for you to fully embrace all of these other facets of life.
2. If you get sick and/or wind-up in the hospital, bed-ridden, or worse, you will not be able to engage much of anything but the particular difficulties of your illness. And remember, most ailments don’t just happen to us; they are – in most cases – a direct result of our lifestyle choices… especially the big ones: heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. When you look at the science, heredity and genetics play a surprisingly small role in the inevitability of you contracting these diseases when you follow a healthy lifestyle. I would think we would want to pay now in the form of making lifestyle adjustments, rather than pay later when we have to deal with various ill-health symptoms, diseases or other maladies.
Also, I hate to say it, but as we all get older, we have considerably less latitude to gamble with our health, don’t we? When we’re young, it seems we can abuse ourselves in remarkably negligent ways and the resilience of our youth somehow kicks in and compensates. But let a couple decades pile up, and you better believe that our arteries, healthy blood levels, body fat ratios, and overall physical structure are paying the price of this negligence! So we need to be aware that the party will not go on forever… and also – on a positive note – that many of our ill-health symptoms are actually reversible with our diligent adherence to a healthier lifestyle.
How do we enjoy truly superior health? Here is where I wish I had a simple answer for you. If only there was some kind of special supplement, or some kind of easy 20-minute workout we only had to do twice a week… while hanging out in our living room talking on the phone. If only.
Truth is, superior health is a function of “The Big Three.” Reaching peak levels of superior health and wellness is all about finding some kind of balance between these three primary realms:
Exercise, Nutrition, and the Mind/Body Connection
This balance doesn’t have to mean equal parts devotion, as in exactly one-third of the amount of time and energy devoted to each one. But we still will want to give some consideration to these three areas in our ongoing lifestyle choices.
The Three B’s
Accordingly, these three realms are intrinsic to three primary aspects of your physical being that I like to refer to as The Three B’s:
Exercise: Mainly for Your Body
Nutrition: Mainly for Your Blood
Mind/Body Connection: Mainly for Your Brain
Put it all together, and it might look like this:
That’s why everything I recommend is mindful of your body, your blood and your brain. Because think about it: if you have a super clean eating regimen but fall short in the exercise department, your body will atrophy. If you have a solid exercise routine but eat a bunch of junk, your blood will become fat-laden and toxic. And even if you do well in the nutrition and exercise departments, but are constantly stressed-out or harboring negative thoughts, your brain will conspire against you like a virus-ridden hard drive.
On the flip-side, there is a special synergistic resonance that happens when the body, blood and brain are in alignment. You will feel a buzz throughout your being, a “hum,” if you will, much like a well-tuned race car engine. But it’s not like the temporary, synthetic lift that you get from stimulants like coffee or energy drinks. This is steady, yet powerful, like the current of whitewater rapids. You will come to know and appreciate this feeling as a daily reminder that you are running on all eight-cylinders, largely impervious to common diseases and ailments.
More Details Are On the Way…
Obviously, this entry is largely an overview of the healthy lifestyle philosophy. But now that we have the basic why and how covered here, we have set the stage for some specifics. Stay tuned. I have a few more entries planned this month that will help you customize a version of the healthy lifestyle that will work for you.
And most importantly, do not be overwhelmed by the prospect of upleveling your lifestyle to include aspects of each of these three realms. It’s all about finding a system that works for you, Anyone can do it.