Balance - the great equalizer.
I must begin this conversation by shouting, "I do not declare myself to be an expert on health and fitness!" however, I do invest my time, energy and resources on foundations that I believe allow me to live a pretty healthy life-style. In short, I exercise regularly, I take nutraceutical supplements (click here for info) on a daily basis and, I eat based on the Pareto principle. Put plainly, the rule means that you choose to eat healthy foods 80 per cent of the time, which then allows you to indulge in your favorite treats 20 per cent of the time.
My love of exercise, was developed by watching my mother who was a very popular step aerobics instructor, back in the day. Her classes were always filled to capacity because of her love for music and people. She made exercise fun. As a matter of fact, that is my first recommendation about exercise. Find a form of exercise that you really enjoy. And, switch it up after 6 months to a year.
And, it is never too late to develop a passion for working out. I was 50 years old when I started running. It started out as a fast walk and then in order to develop proper form, I joined a running club. Soon, I was running in my first 5 K race and it wasn't my last. I became so passionate about running that I began coaching others. I was 56 when I hiked my first strenuous mountain. In May of 2018, I hiked a beautiful 4 mile trail in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas. It was my 5th hike. At the age of 58, I am just grateful to be in good health AND to be among the minority of people who don't have any prescription bottles filling up their bathrooms.
I mentioned the 80/20 principle and I really cling to this because it doesn't stifle my lifestyle. So, 80% of the time, my goal is to stay away from foods that will not benefit me. You know - breads, processed foods, high caloric, etc. Now there are some foods that I NEVER put in my system. For example, soda. I have not had a soda in over 20 years. 20% of the time, I will eat a hamburger (preferably made in my kitchen), eat pizza or open up a can of something. This last one is rare indeed. Be very careful about eating out of a can because of the sodium intake, among other things. Do I ever turn the principle upside down? Absolutely! Especially when I travel or when I am hosting. I quickly get back on track when the fun is over.
I believe "wellness" is also developed by reading good material and associating yourself with non-toxic individuals. I am a lover of biographies and information that expands my thinking. What kind of material do you enjoy?
The people that I have healthy relationships with, are people that strengthen my resolve to pursue my passions. They are also people that can offer candid criticisms that aim to help me grow. Lastly, we can approach a multitude of subjects and disagree, respectfully.
Most of what I have learned about wellness, comes from experiential opportunities. Years ago, I traveled to Miami and attended a two day training that offered so much scientific information about low glycemic eating and health disorders. I do believe that most of what ails america is based on what america is consuming. If you have an interest in a free online program that will help, please click here and you can also contact me for a one on one (free) consultation. Together, we can get there.
Life indeed is about balance. If the pendulum swings to far, one way or the other, the imbalance will affect you very drastically. I look forward to sharing a myriad of recipes, books, exercise routines and my favorite supplements via my Blog.