We all know that moving and exercise is good for us. Most often, we think about the physical reasons for why this is. In this blog we will also explore the emotional, mental and spirit (purpose) benefits.
Our bodies are designed to move! Since the caveman days it was ingrained into our nervous systems to run, hunt, climb, play, squat, etc. to get through the day. We were in contact states of motion. Now, most of us have sedentary jobs and would be lucky to fit in 5 days of exercise a week.
Here are some reasons why movement is vital to our survival, according to my advanced workshop participants:
Now that you’ve read some reasons for moving...get out there and move!!!
A couple months ago, I was having trouble sleeping, feeling lethargic and eating too much junk food. I was feeling tired after my lunch meals and craving sugar and chips (my nemesis), so I decided undergo a lifestyle modification program aka diet.
Upon telling people around me, I got different reactions. 1. Why do you need to diet? You’re so slim already! 2. You don’t need to lose weight 3. What are you going to cut out now?
I found it interesting that when someone has a smaller build, it does not seem "socially" acceptable to undergo dietary changes, regardless of the reason. As I’ve grown up with my body my entire life, I am aware of it’s general weight fluctuations.
There is a range with which I prefer my body to function at. Once it goes higher or lower than normal, it’s time to re-evaluate my exercise, diet and stress levels. This is similar to blood pressure where there is an acceptable range. Too high and you have high blood pressure which is associated with many body systems shutting down and too low, you can incur another set of health challenges.
What about you? When was the last time you evaluated your health and wellness regime?
I knew my exercise was fairly regular so I turned to my diet. After 1 month of cutting out junk food, stopping excess snacking and I’m feeling better.
Something else I noticed as I was losing weight was that I was also more irritable and grumpy. It could be because I cut out the addictive junk food and was going through withdrawals symptoms. However, I think there was more to that. My stress levels were higher than usual and it also correlated with the excess sugar and chips. I became aware that as I was losing weight, I was going through some of the emotions that I had been experiencing lately….perhaps, it is possible that body stored those emotions as fat because I wasn’t able to feel them at the time. Now, that I am aware of them, I can work through them through breathing techniques, journalling and of course going to see my chiropractor.
Are you having trouble losing weight? It is possible that you are eating your emotions instead of feeling them. To find out how to change this behaviour, come to our advance workshop.
Life is about the management of your spirit. Where do you invest your spirit? Is your spirit filled with doing things that you are passionate about or spending time with people who are important to you? Or..... are you just getting by, feeling depressed or frustrated with your life?
How do you know if you’re spirit is happy? Measure it by how often you laugh and play. When you wake up in the morning, are you excited and ready to get going for the day or do you wish to stay in bed longer? When you go to sleep, are you thankful or wondering why you feel like you're running around in circles?
At the end of your time here, what do you want others to say about you? Think about this for a minute. Do you want them to say you are a loving wife, mother, father, etc. What do you want to have done with your time here?
We all have a limited time here and we don’t know how long it will last. What do you invest your precious moments in? Take some time to reflect on your life and see what you want to accomplish. Do you want a relationship? Family? Financial independence? Successful business? Vibrant health? All of the above? Remember, It’s not how long you’ve been here but what you’ve done with your time. Focus and put your attention into the things that make your spirit smile.
Not happy with how you spend your time or fill your spirit? Find out how to get the inner resources to change that, try Neuro-optimization care. Call 613-761-1600 to book your free 15 minute consultation where a consultation is a conversation.
You have habits, lots of them. Some you are aware of and others that you aren’t. You have habits for how or what you eat, those surrounding exercise and others about the way you work, live and love. Being in states of illness or wellness also have habits or behaviours that surround those states.
When you are feeling sick with the flu, you may take naps during the day or stay in bed longer. You may not feel like eating and you may not do as many activities as you normally would until you recover.
Here are some habits often associated with an illness behaviour:
Wellness is about experiencing a connection.
Habits often associated with a wellness behaviour:
Do you exhibit more illness patterns of behaviour or wellness? If you are not sure, why not schedule a complimentary 15 minute consultation with Dr. Amanda to find out? 6132-7561-1600
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.