I am currently studying for the NASM personal training test. My studies have amazed me. Our bodies are created to work seamlessly to utilize the food we eat, to move and accomplish our tasks each day. The simple act of creating energy is not so simple but an intricate series of events that take place in less than 1o seconds and then continue to build. Our muscles have built-in receptors that sense and warn us when we are pushing too far, our hearts, our bones, our digestive and respiratory systems are wonderfully made.
So, what do our bodies deserve?
1. Whole Food
“The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine.” – Hippocrates
Our bodies thrive on whole foods. Food full of nutrients and unencumbered by processing. Energy rich foods that reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and are easy on our digestive system.
Get some greens, fruits, whole grains and beans. These foods are inexpensive and easy to prepare.
“Water is the driving force in nature.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
Our bodies are 60% water. It is vital that we consume the water our bodies need daily. Make it a priority in your life and you will feel better, you will have more energy, your skin will glow. Cut out soft drinks and replace them with water and you will lose weight. It’s a simple thing you can do to improve your health. The best news? Water is free!
“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.”
― Ellen DeGeneres
We have to move, this is not an option. There is no quick fix to heart health and weight loss, moving is essential to your well-being. My advice to is to get started. Play tag with your kids, race them, hula hoop, jump rope. Do lunges and squats while you watch TV at night. I run up and down my stairs when I can’t make it to the gym. Can’t do those activities? Walk. Exercise is not always easy, but if we are not doing it, we are slowly but surely damaging this amazing body we have been given. It’s just like anything, the longer you neglect it, the worse it gets. We can move anywhere, no investment needed, we have this great body, it’s free to move it. We deserve exercise!
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves. Psalm 127:2
Sleep is essential and we deserve it. Want to look younger? Sleep! Want to be less irritable? Sleep! Want to lose some weight? Sleep! We do all things better when we sleep. Aim for a decent 7-8 hours a night. Indulge in this, we can’t survive without it. Once again, sleep is free and we deserve it!
“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
Just breathe. We deserve to stop and take some deep breaths throughout our day. Worry, stress, fear and just the general business of life can sometimes cause us to hold our breathe and tense our bodies. When we stop to oxygenate our bodies, we calm down, we clear our heads for better decisions and we energize. Guess what? Air? Free!!!
We are all given this one life and this one body, one. We don’t have a spare. I know these ideas may seem ludicrous. Of course we know these things, but do we do them? Do we make these simple things a priority in our lives? We don’t deserve heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, body aches and pains, excess weight, fatigue and the guilt that comes from not doing these things.
Get all of the benefits of a healthy body by giving it what it deserves. Indulge in wellness, you deserve nothing less!
Your Vegan Friend