3 Steps you can take towards Optimal Health
Today I want to return to 3 key concepts, 3 key foundations of optimal health so that we are continuing to look at the broader perspective of health and not narrowing our perception to the commercially driven belief and commonly advertised ideal that a pill or potion (even if it is a high quality organic super food!) is going to revolutionise your life forever.
1. Learn to move your body, to become strong and stable.
Exercise has been written about extensively as a key to health, a key to get killer abs and sexy legs, a way to lose weight and achieve the ‘body beautiful’. Indeed, exercising is a vital contributing factor to achieve the things we may want and expect from exercise.
Most people that I have seen as clients over the years needed to learn to move correctly and in so doing lean to balance their bodies, correct there posture and become free of pain before or at the same time as addressing the things they want to achieve longer term.
For example many people want a better butt. Very good, why not, who am I to argue with more women wanting a butt like Kylie! The problem is that going to the gym and going crazy on lunges and squats when you have, as most people do, an instable pelvis and butt muscles that don’t work properly will lead not to incredible gluts but to incredible pain! At best you might get what I call ‘short term gain for long term pain’ and at worst a serious injury.
If you really want to train hard enough to make a difference then work with someone that can rebalance your body, strengthen your core muscles and teach you to move correctly. It is after all the movement that matters as this is the foundation of stability which in turn is the foundation of strength and power, and it’s these things that lead to the killer abs and perfect butts!
2. Eat well, enjoy your food and connect to the environment it came from
We are, as it is said, what we eat. This is largely true; I would also add to this that ‘we are what we can absorb’. So if your intestinal tract is not healthy enough to process the nutrients then they will pass through the body and be excreted.
Still the old adage works well and it is true to say that a diet rich in high quality vegetables, proteins, fats and fruits will serve us well. It is critical to make sure that we have addressed and understand the balance of food that it right for us or our ‘metabolic type’ if we are going to find optimal health.
Metabolic typing is not another crazy fad diet it is a principle of looking at biochemical individuality and then making sure we are eating correctly for who we are not what the latest diet guru has come up with for everyone. I would advise either reading the book ‘Metabolic Typing’ by William Wolcott or finding a practitioner nearby who can help advise you on what may be best for you.
Correct nutrition is not just about physical health and making sure all our complex systems are working to full effect, it will also ensure a better hormonal balance which will in turn effect how we feel emotionally. When we have the right nutritional balance we can feel very different, with more energy, more confidence, and more consistency of mind to achieve whatever we may want to achieve in the world.
3. From serenity and calm find certainty and power
Space, calm, quiet, the gaps between words not the words… the gaps between thoughts not the thoughts… the stillness that allows sounds to be heard and the quiet that gives form to your thoughts. The world we live in seems to get faster and faster and life seems to get more compressed into the moments when we are not working.
Has relaxation become TV, Xbox, wine, beer or other distractions?!
It’s not that I think any of these things in moderation are bad, I like the occasional cold beer on a hot day or a fine wine on holiday and I love movies. I do however think that the greatest single action for improved health is to give some time for quiet reflection, for true relaxation, for meditation if that’s your way to quiet. It could be a walk in the forest or some quiet time in the garden.
From quiet reflection, in time, one finds greater stillness of mind, from stillness of mind comes greater certainty of action as more consideration has been given to what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. With greater certainty we come to have increased confidence and so action can be taken from greater power.
Conceive, believe, achieve… from stillness comes clarity of thought and thought is the origin of greatness. Does it not make sense to gain greater clarity of mind from stillness?