Attaining the state of optimal health necessitates and simultaneous development in three areas, mind, body and spirit. It’s important to sculpt your physical body as well as your internal self (psyche and spirit) concurrently, to create this condition of body and life balance.
A healthy, fit, body with a spiritually balanced psyche is the realm of true happiness and contentment. Self-care through consistent exercise, proper nutrition, mind centering and clearing activities, spiritual evolution, and self-realization are all required for true health. When you unite mind, body and spirit, you become whole and one with the universe.
Whole Food Nutrition VS. Pre-packaged Processed Foods
We live in a microwave society, we want what we want and we want it now! Have you ever made poor food choices because of convenience or cost?
What is the REAL cost of this cheap food — the cost in dollars, on our health, on our environment? The true cost of unhealthy food isn’t just the price tag.
Unhealthy food is cheaper because our government’s policies support its production. We’re spending nearly $30 billion a year to subsidize corn and soy production.
Where do those foods go? Into our food supply as high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil (trans fats), that are the foundation of almost all fast food and processed foods that are “manufactured” by the food industry.
We’re consuming, on average, an extra 500 calories (mostly in the form of cheap, artificial high-fructose corn syrup) per person. Corn and soy are also used to feed cattle for the production of meat and dairy. In fact, 70 percent of the wheat, corn, and soy farmed in this country is used to feed animals used for our food.
The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people — more than the entire human population on Earth!
When our government helps pay for these foods, of course they’re cheaper. That explains the low price tag. But what about the other costs to you? When you eat unhealthy processed foods the costs of medical visits, co-pays, prescription medications, and other health services skyrocket.
There are other non-economic costs of eating poorly as well. You reduce your ability to enjoy life in the moment due to increased fatigue, low-grade health complaints, obesity, depression, and more.
The biggest advantage of eating well now is not just preventing disease and costs later, but simply enjoying each day to its fullest.
Consistent Exercise is Key
One of the most important aspects of a balanced healthy life is consistent exercise. A consistent workout regimen not only increases your energy, it also reduces stress and increases your mental well being. When you work out regularly, your body releases endorphins that enhance your mood. You’ve probably experienced these positive feelings after finishing a good workout.
The problem is that unless there is a long-term plan in place or some thought has gone into how your workout will be sustained, there is often a drop off in initial enthusiasm, resulting in inconsistency or you just stop exercising. A coach or personal trainer can be invaluable in these situations.
We should also spend some time on restoration. Many people know how to train hard but don’t balance the equation properly with restoration.
- Meditate for 20 minutes after each workout
- Get a good massage every other week or at least once a month.
- Get quality sleep every night to optimize hormone production.
Most men prefer workout sessions using weights, but yoga also has amazing health benefits. So, instead of doing hard-core lifting, throw in some Yoga or Thai Chi to balance your workouts and your life.
Yoga For Mind, Body & Spirit
Yoga is an excellent workout for mind, body and spirit. It’s an ancient and sacred form of exercise designed to integrate these three areas in harmony and helps improve focus, strength, flexibility, self-control, stamina, agility, coordination and mental clarity.
There are several branches and paths of yoga including Hatha, Ashtanga (Power yoga), Jivamukti, Jnana, Raja, Kundalini (Awakening), Karma, Iyengar (Alignment & Inner awareness), Knana, Bikram (Hot yoga), Bhakti (Devotional yoga) and Dahn Yoga (Korea).
Yoga is an excellent workout that can help you burn fat and is also incredible satisfying, both physically and psychologically. It’s great for active recovery, but also helps you stay centered, find balance, and grow as a person. And, because yoga reduces stress (less cortisol), you’ll actually create a hormonal response that encourages even more fat loss.
Yoga practice itself is a simple collection of techniques for observing what is in the present moment. These techniques lead to a pure attention to the subtleties, movements and forms of whatever is present, including one’s own thoughts and freedom.
The techniques of yoga are merely ways of keeping the attention focused and present with whatever is occurring. They are based on connections between patterns of thought, the emotions, the breathing, the posture and the general physiology of the body.
One of the best things about yoga is that it’s not just amazing as a standalone practice–it actually makes everything else you do more effective. Adding just one yoga practice per week into your training will make your other workouts more productive; it’ll help YOU be more productive. And it’ll help you progress faster.
Yoga is good for its hormone-enhancing effects. Besides challenging and stretching your muscles, yoga can lower blood cortisol levels, reduce adrenalin and stimulate brain calming GABA.
Through yoga we can cultivate these feedback systems between the body, breath, senses and thoughts. The body itself then becomes the ground for enlightenment. Yoga entails mastery over the body, mind, and spirit and transcendence of desire. It is said to lead gradually to knowledge of the true nature of reality.
Create A Great Day,
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