Mind, Body & more new year

 Mind, Body & more new year

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Want to make it a long life? Then you must make your life a fit life. In my book, 52 Ways To A Healthy You (Brown Books 2007), I provide 52 implementations that will not only assist in helping you look better and feel better, but may very well add a few decades to your life.

Did you know that it is estimated that almost 70 percent of all diseases are a direct result of our lifestyle choices? What we eat and drink, how we cope with stress, and how active (or inactive) we are all play key roles in our longevity. Living a healthy life is about much more than be thinner than you were last year or getting back into your size 2 jeans. A healthy life must incorporate nutritional wellness, physical fitness, emotional health, sexual balance and spiritual wholeness. You can't really be healthy if any one of these areas is out of balance.

Mind, Body & more new year

Let's take a look at each of these areas and consider how each play a role in a resolution for health and fitness in 2008.

Nutrition Resolution. A well balanced diet is not a diet based in lack, nor is it a diet based in over indulgence. A well balanced diet must include whole grains and fruits, as well as fats and proteins. It makes as much sense to go on a straight protein diet as it does to go on a solid carb diet. Our bodies need a balance of it all in order to receive the full spectrum of nutrients necessary for a long and healthy life. So, this new year, don't resolve to lose weight by cutting out one food group and over indulging in another. Rather, commit to honoring and respecting your body by feeding your body a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins and even allow yourself a dessert splurge occasionally. You will feel better, look better and foods will take on a neutral role in your life rather than occupying a place of "good" or "bad." There are no bad foods, only foods that should be consumed moderately and perhaps infrequently.

Fitness Resolution. Determine why you are working out. Are you hitting the gym seven days a week because you love your body and you want to do right by it? Or, are you there out of self-loathing and disgust by who you see in the mirror. Be honest with yourself. The gym can be a tough place. It is easy to look around and see perfection in everyone but yourself. Take your fitness to the next level by choosing to exercise out of respect for yourself and your desire to live a long and healthy life. This year resolve to kick your workout up a notch because you respect what you see in the mirror, and you know that everyday you challenge yourself, your body gets stronger and healthier.

Emotional Wellness Resolution. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have no doubt come across the book, the movie or some avid believer in the principles of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The "secret" to The Secret is quite simple ... it is more than our thoughts that create our reality, it is the emotion behind the thought that creates our reality. Our emotions play an enormous role in creating who we are and how we experience our world and our relationships. You have heard the saying ... attitude is everything. Well, it is. Resolve this year to create a shift in your reality by committing to a life of emotional wellness. This may mean that you need to enroll in therapy, enlist the guidance of a minister or mentor or begin a journey of self-healing on your own through meditation and personal soul searching. I highly recommend Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K. Truman to jump-start your commitment to emotional wellness.

Sexual Wellness Resolution. What is your attitude towards sex? Are you satisfied personally and with your partner? Is sex an important part of your life and your relationships. If not, it should be. Sex plays an incredibly important role in living a long, healthy and happy life.

The following are just some of the health benefits of sex:

  • Having an active sex life increases your overall energy level.
  • Having sex three times a week for 52 weeks is the equivalent of jogging 75 miles.
  • Sex increases the supply of oxygen to the cells and stimulates the activity of various organs and systems within the body.
  • Sex assists the body in balancing the good and bad cholesterol ratio while also reducing the body's overall cholesterol count.
  • Sex is a natural pain reliever and stress reducer

DHEA is secreted throughout the body during sex. During an orgasm or just before ejaculation, the level of DHEA in the bloodstream is 5 times its normal level. This steroid secreted by the adrenal cortex is the major androgen precursor in women and is also present in men. High levels of DHEA have been associated with longevity, enhanced libido, building muscle mass and warding off depression.

If you are not convinced, make the resolution for a sexually healthy (and safe) new year and just see how you much better you look and feel!

Spiritual Wellness Resolution. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. And, just like our bodies need to be fed and cared for, so do our spirits. Spiritual wellness has nothing to do with religion or church. You may or may not receive spiritual nourishment in the confines of organized religion. Spiritual wellness is about seeking out the Divine (whatever that means to you), and in a conscious and committed way incorporate the Divine in your daily life. Whether you connect with the Divine in nature, music, art, in the quiet moments in your own home, in church or in the synagogue, it is imperative to make the connection daily. It is through our connection and relationship with the Divine that we find clarity and purpose to live a long, meaningful, fit life.

Resolve to make 2008 your best year ever!

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