Monday, February 13, 2017

Creating total Wellness Pt. 1

I would like to talk about this today, because it is SO important to me.
I have a heart for helping people in all areas of their lives and that is the definition of total fitness:

A condition reached through striving to optimize life in all aspects: Social, mental, psychological, spiritual and physical.

It is a multidimensional state that strives toward the highest quality of life in all those area's. Total fitness and wellness go hand in hand. A person may be fit, but if a deficit exists in another of a few key area's, this will detract from their overall wellness. When that happens, stress comes in and starts to chip away at the physical health that once was. Stress can create free radicals, cortisol, high blood pressure and even depression. 

Physical activity plays a part in this. When you are active, you release FEEL GOOD hormones, that combat feelings of sadness and stress. Usually fit People are members of a community too which can grow socially. The amazing things we learn about our own capabilities when we workout boost our VIEW of self and in turn out self esteem. A person should be growing and developing in all of these areas. Physical fitness enhances the other areas and visa versa!

Have you ever noticed that if you are stressed out at work
 or a personal relationship is strained, it can affect 
the rest of your life and affect the way you feel physically?

Have you noticed as well that if you are not finding
 or making time for fitness, you may be doing well in other
 area's but maybe lack energy or are a little blue?

The physically fit and overall well person strives for the highest quality of life: positive emotional feelings, meaningful relationships, involvement in your environment and the physical capacity to strive for personal goals!

Wellness consists of being "healthy" in these important areas: emotional, physical, financial, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, social... Not that each are perfect or even in an illusion of "balance" but in a healthy ebb and flow through the seasons of each. 

Is there something in your life that is blocking you from experiencing freedom? 

How can you make a change to create the environment where you can cultivate that freedom?

 What can you say no to, eliminate or limit right now to step deeper into  overall wellness?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Grow yourself & Stretch yourself

Lately I have been thinking about ALL the aspects of working out that we don't always place importance on. EVERYONE does cardio, classes, strength training, barre training, crossfit... But for me, I am thinking of stretching, massage and foam rolling. 

It's so important to make sure out bodies and muscles are recovering properly with SLEEP, FOOD, and RECOVERY. You don't see growth and gains if you never ever take rest!!

Muscles are just like FAITH, to see growth we need to stretch them and JUST like Jesus went to the wilderness to rest and be with God to stay on the right path, we need to rest and do all we can for recovery to be on the right path.

Recently I was scolded by a massage therapist for how I sleep which is causing trouble with my muscles. She gave me stretches to do, she suggested new ways to lay at night and she suggested a few more trips to her to get the problem areas fixed!

I trust her, it's her job to do the bodywork I need, and massage releases tension so my muscles can relax, recover and grow! PLUS what she is doing will aid in sleep and that is a huge part of recovery. Our muscles rebuild and repair when we take breaks from working out and when we sleep, it's ESSENTIAL to recovery!

I am also doing more foam rolling, probably about 3 times a week on my legs specifically and always after a heavy leg day or the day before one. Tight ITbands and hammies have been throwing other areas out of whack and affecting my health too, everything is SO intertwined!

With ALL I do to build and work muscles, they need to be properly taken care of: rest, stretches, recovery and PEACE will prosper us body, soul and spirit! 

PEACE will reign in our hearts if we are focused on God first!
Peace inside is essential to rest of all kinds, need peace? Turn here: Deuteronomy 29:29, James 1:5-7, Psalm 62:7, Psalm 6:6-9, Isaiah 26:3-- set your mind on Christ and his word and find peace!!

Friday, February 3, 2017

February Heart Healthy tips

February Heart Healthy tips! 

It's FEBRUARY... which means LOVE is in the air, and chocolate and desserts.  Heart health is SO important, it's the key to longevity and vitality. Heart health goes a long way to preventing cardiovascular disease, High blood pressure, high cholesterol and can be kept under control with SIMPLE Lifestyle changes!

Watch salt and sugar: People are so concerned with calories that they often over look sodium and sugar in foods! Limit sugars to natural sources like fruits and steer clear of sodium laden foods like fast food, processed and frozen foods. 

Get those Omega-3's in!! Salmon, oatmeal, walnuts are great sources. Or you can take Udo's oil, flax oil or fish oil daily to cover it, either way it's heart healthy! 

Get your heart pumping with at least 30 minutes of activity a day for general health. Keep active, moving and breathless when you are working out and you  increase your capacity to use oxygen. The more your heart can use, the more fit you are! 

Reduce stress in your life! Eliminate obligations and situations that keep you under unhealthy pressure, limit time with strenuous people and toxic relationships! You can clear your schedule as fast as you filled it and your heart will thank you. 

  Walk in forgiveness. Holding resentments will only hurt you and have been linked to stress related illness. Don't drink poison hoping someone else will die, walk in love and forgiveness and HEALTH for your heart, LITERALLY! 

Happy HEART Month!! 

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