I have written another 52 articles regarding health and fitness. The two go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. At times I do feel like I am a broken record. For our young readers, that means saying the same thing over and over and over again. The fact is there is nothing new about the human body. There are new diseases or variations on new diseases that affect us but generally speaking there’s nothing different about how our bodies function. As much as my body and your body are the same, they are different. They are the same in the way that they need movement, rest and nourishment. It’s the amount of each of those that is required to keep us functioning well that is different. Here’s the point I’d love for you to embrace; no one can tell you how much you need of each of those. It’s a trial and error process, and you are the scientist.
I like to think of the movement/rest/nourishment combo as the Health Tripod. For a tripod to function properly it has to be balanced evenly on each of its legs. Here’s the part where I feel like I repeat myself: For you to feel your best you need the right amount of movement/exercise, a good amount of sleep (that solid kind where you don’t know where you are when you wake up), and a balanced diet of macro (protein, carbohydrates and fat) and micro (vitamins and minerals) nutrients. What is the right amount? That is the million-dollar question. I’m saying that literally because we have spent a lot of money/time/energy trying to figure out what is best of us. We buy books, videos and nutritional supplements. We follow diets and see experts for guidance. The search for the proverbial magic pill goes on and on. It’s time to stop. It’s time to look in the mirror. That’s where the answers are. All of them. I promise.
Take a moment now and think about your tripod. How much sleep did you get last night? What have you eaten so far today? How much movement have you had in the last couple of hours? Assessing yourself will take time and energy (notice I didn’t include money – already we’re ahead). Get yourself a notebook or a piece of paper and start tracking the amount of sleep you get, what you’re eating, and how much you move. Then a few times a day write down how you’re feeling both physically and emotionally. They are connected. It may be overwhelming to tackle all 3 aspects to start, so start with 1 aspect. Do that for a week, and then move on to the next area for a week, etc. I suggest planning a minimum of a 3-month time period. I bet what happens is that your habits start to evolve naturally as your tripod finds its perfect balance. Well not perfect, because that is unattainable, but you will find more stability as things do adjust.
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