Monday, March 06, 2017 • Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
If you are going with the flow you're going the wrong way According to recent statistics, only 45% of Americans are getting the minimum recommended amounts of exercise. And those are just the minimums. Everywhere you look, it is still easier to find low quality convenience food than anything of nutritional value and exercise is more often "get it in when you can" rather than a committed item in your schedule. Don't get me wrong. It seems to have improved over the last decade but nutrition is still the last thing on the mind of most food producers and retailers and exercise is often the first thing lost when stress levels rise. Convenience and low cost are king in today's frantic society, at our workplaces, and even in our homes. Anything prioritized will rise to the top at the expense of something else. In recent history convenience has come at the expense of our health. So, if you are going with the flow...that is to say doing what most everyone else seems to be doing...you are going to end up in a place you don't want to be. Fat, sick, and nearly dead (great documentary). What are you going to do about it? Nothing? Something? Anything? I recommend determining what you want for yourself. Ignore the little voices in your head initially about what is realistic at the moment. Close your eyes and picture you at your best at some point in the future. What do you look like? What are doing? Where and with whom? How does it feel? Don't picture it intellectually but evoke the emotions to feel the images in your heart. Now, write this down or set it to pictures or music and refer to it daily. Mine is a PowerPoint slideshow that I keep on my phone. It is rarely very far from me. You've just created your wellness vision and it will serve as your true north. As you move toward this vision on a daily basis, feel free to repeat the exercise and adjust it. It will change and the more action steps you take toward it, the clearer it will become. It is your vision...get after it! While it may be easy to get yourself excited about making a change, the action is another problem entirely. In 20 years of experience, the single most important strategy of successful clients has been prioritization. Those who are successful in maintaining or reclaiming their health put themselves on the top of the priority list and schedule their workouts, put in their physical activity and make few compromises on what they will consider fuel for the body that carries them into their vision each day. Are you on thebpriority list? Are you scheduling your time? If not, your goals are nothing more than mere wishes. You have to commit. Once committed, your next step is purposeful, sustained action. Skip the short cut, convenience based, disposable mentality. Honor principled approaches to health improvement in favor of quality whole foods, frequent bouts of physical activity, scheduled workouts that move progressively toward intensity, and a spirit of adventure that puts these principles and your body to the test. Our bodies were built to be healthy and to live for a long time. We are not cheap. We are not disposable. Invest in the body that carries your hopes and dreams. Invest in the body that shoulders the responsibilities of your family and friends. We need you to contributions and as such we need you to be healthy.