Friday, December 21, 2012

We Only Have One Body

Optimum Health

There are choices we all can make to give ourselves the gift of optimum health and well being. Taking personal responsibility to care for your body begins by educating ourselves in healthy living. So many factors contribute to being equipped to care for your body. Many bad choices in the health arena will lead to disease. 

This article is set up to consider some key components and choices to consider which will lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Habits 

MOVE THAT BODY - Our bodies were created to move. Many people work in situations where they sit all day behind a computer. If you have a non-physical job it is vital that you carve out time to get your heart rate up and tone your muscles.

RELAX - Your mind and body needs a break. Learn how to relax through using some relaxation techniques. 

EAT HEALTHY - Making sure you get all of the food groups into your meals during the day. The more raw veggies and fruits you eat the better. Most people just rush through life eating what they want to eat, working too many hours, sleeping when it's convenient and sitting around being lazy whenever they choose . Most of us have never stopped to consider how the choices we make each day will affect our future health . Many people take no personal responsibility for these bodies we were entrusted with ... Then one day an illness hits and health needs come to the forefront.

I don't think I need to persuade you that exercise is good for you. Exercise and health go together like a horse and carriage. We have been taught from the time we were in elementary school that we need to move that body.

The key is to find the motivation to do what we already know we need to do. What would it take for you to move that body? There are many avenues to choose from when it comes to activity. If you like sports then the choice is easy. A game of tennis, swimming at the YMCA, soccer or baseball with your friends will give you plenty of body movement.

Working on a particular part of your body that is flabby or out of proportion? Search You tube for an exercise music video with instructions and demonstrations that will target your problem area. Join a workout club and enjoy being with others as you exercise.
Walking is great for cardio health. A doctor just recently told my friend that she needs to walk 40 minutes a day or her body will accelerate in the aging process.


If you work long hours and tend to be a workaholic, listen to your body when it is telling you to relax. Pushing through on a continual basis will shorten your life and greatly reduce your quality of life
Long hours filled with stress throws the nervous system out of balance. Relaxation techniques will help you get it back in sync for a healthy body. It will also reduce stress and we all know that stress kills.
The relaxation response is more than taking a nap or flopping on the couch. It is a mentally active process which, when applied will leave your body calm and relaxed.


Relaxing music has the ability to take you from tense to serene. As you listen to the music practice this breathing technique. Take a slow deep breath in through your nose as you count to five. As you breathe in imagine the air going to your stomach.

Your stomach will balloon out. Now hold your breath as you count to five. Slowly let the air out through your lips. Repeat the process while listening to relaxing music. Your heart rate will slow as you practice this relaxation technique.

A full body message is the just the thing you need after a stressful day in the office. Your massage expert is trained to work the knots out and restore your sense of peace and balance.

Meditating and purposefully concentrating will slow your brain down when there are a million thoughts running through it. My form of meditation is allowing scripture to fill my mind. The best thing is to memorize a few verses or passage and then it is tucked away in your heart to be pulled out whenever needed. This practice of meditating on scripture fills me with life, truth and hope. I am currently memorizing Psalm 1.
Practicing relaxation techniques reduce stress symptoms by:  Slowing your breathing rate
  • Reducing stressful emotions like anger and fear
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing heart rate
  • Improving your concentration
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
As you read the list above do you understand that relaxation is not a luxury, it is a necessity. So to get started sit back relax and listen to the video I've posted. Do your breathing exercises to the rhythm of this angelic piece of music by the Cyltic Women.

Food and Supplements

Consider your eating habits. Do you live to eat or eat to live? We live in the land of plenty ... plenty of fast foods, plenty of fatty snacks, plenty of ice cream, candy and more. Junk food is just too convenient and luring for most of us to resist.
Many people say they are too busy to eat right. Living in the fast lane means grabbing donuts on your way to work, eating snacks at your desk then stopping for fast food on your way home. The pressure of the day takes precedence over any thought about the food we put in our mouths.

If you are using the excuse that you don't have time to think about eating healthy ... I suggest you think again! There are frozen foods available today that list calories, fat grams, carbohydrates and more. With brand names like Weight Watchers, Healthy Choices, Lean Cuisine and other food companies creating yummy packaged meals - it 's easy to stay on track and eat healthy.Visit your local mom and pop health food store to get healthy bars.

Make sure you are taking a whole food, chemical free organic vitamin supplements. Add to it a mineral supplement.

Take the time to watch the video below if you have NO clue what the difference between processed and whole foods.

Take Responsibility

MOVE THAT BODY - Choose an exercise plan that makes you feel good. Forget what Joe is doing at the YMCA. If you like to walk the stairs at the Dunes ... then that is what you should do.

RELAXATION TECHNIQUES: Keep stress at bay. Stress will accelerate the aging process. Stress messes with your emotions and can take years off your life. Try to see the positives in every situation. Even if something difficult happens in your life there is always a lesson to be learned or a perspective to be sharpened through the experience. You get to decide how you think about a situation - you have control over your thoughts. Reign them in and choose to be positive even in the hardest of times. Relaxation Techniques will aid you as you bring the stress down and bring your body into balance.

HEALTHY EATING - Educate yourself about the food you put into your body. It is either going to build or tear your body down. Watch the video above to begin your education.
Taking responsibility for your health will take a commitment and some planning. Once you place your health as a priority you will no longer eat without thinking, sleep whenever you feel like it or sit around and be lazy just because....Choose this day to take care of YOU! Learn all you can to nurture and care for the body entrusted to you. Choose a Healthy Lifestyle and make wise food choices that will care for and feed your body.

We only get one body - this one body. Let's commit to seeing that we give it our best shot!


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