Build Real Health – Quiet
In our last blog post we discussed the importance of developing solid nutritional habits. Nutrition forms the base of your health. What you eat literally becomes the cells that make up your body – you are literally “what you eat”.
The next foundational element of your health, after nutrition, is proper sleep and stress management – or “your quiet”. Often times we think of building health or fitness as just the outward – the “doing”. We think of putting in work, going to the gym, lifting weights, effort and stress. BUT, that’s only one side of the coin.
As hard as we workout and train, we must recover just as hard.
In fact, in order to build real health we need to carefully balance the stress in our lives. Working out is a stress on the body, and if you’re not eating well, sleeping well, managing your mental stress, and the rest of your life is stressful (as many of us are finding it during this virus outbreak) your over all stress level may be REALLY high. This means your focus, in order to build your health, may need to be more on recovery, nutrition, sleep, and stress management more so than hard workouts.
Optimal sleeping habits and quality sleep allows the body to repair , regenerate, and regulate hormones. Sleep is not only important for improved immune function but it’s also important for a whole host of other reasons. In fact, poor sleeping habits and quality of sleep have been linked to …
- Decreased memory
- Mood fluctuations
- Decreased ability to make decisions
- Slowed reaction times
- Decreased ability to recover
- Cognitive impairment later in life
- Increased cancer risk
Quality sleep is a must if you want to be truly healthy.
Now, quiet also takes in to account your stress management. Right now during this quarantine and pandemic, stress is most definitely a HUGE issue for a lot of people. Taking the time to develop a meditation practice could be beneficial for a lot of people. As little as 10 minutes a day can greatly improve your health, mental clarity, and sense of wellbeing. Meditation has been linked to so many health benefits such as …
- Increased cognitive function
- Decreased stress
- Reduced anxiety
- A greater sense of wellbeing
- Reduced blood pressure
- Decreased cancer rates
- Reduced risk of substance abuse
- Greater control of emotions
and much more. But, if meditation isn’t your thing perhaps taking up painting, drawing, playing music, writing poetry, performing breath work, or learning a language might be your thing. Anything that focuses your attention and allows you to be fully involved in the moment will help you manage stress tremendously.
Taking the time to get your “quiet” just right will go a long way towards building real health in your life.