There are many ways that we can empower ourselves, though this blog I would like to focus on how we can use our physical health to make us feel better.
There are many aspects of our health that will help us to have that feel good feeling, though I will choose three to discuss. Exercise, adequate nutrition and quality sleep are my topics for greater vitality.
Exercise is paramount. It is what makes us living organisms the fact that we are able to move.
For exercise to be effective it must be consistent and done regularly
Aim to have exercise of differing types for at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes this would be an easily manageable start.
Make sure you set realistic goals about your exercise plan, be in balance of weight bearing and cardio exercise and incorporate it as a permanent lifestyle change.
The benefits of exercise are that it helps to control weight. The more you do the more calories you use. Regular exercise has also been shown to reduce the incidence of serious diseases such as stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis and certain cancers. Other benefits include:
- Having regular exercise will also stabilise the mood
- It stimulates brain chemicals which make you feel better about yourself
- Boosts energy levels,
- Changes the brain and body biochemistry and makes the body work more efficiently and effectively
- Exercise increases stamina and endurance
- It brings oxygen to the tissues
- Helps us to have better night’s sleep
- Puts a spark into your sex life
- It is fun
- It can be social
Have I sold you on how exercise can make you feel good?
Next topic is sleep.
We spend around one third of our life asleep.
Sleep rejuvenates and recharges the body, detoxifies the toxins, repairs the damaged tissue, initiates growth and aids in the process of sorting and storing everything we have learnt, felt and experienced for the day.
We are sick because we do not sleep, we are fat and diabetic because we do not sleep, we are dying from cancer and heart disease and stroke because we do not sleep. It is possible that up to 80% of known diseases are related to sleep disorders (depression, spinal degeneration, irritable bowel, ADHD, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
What is important here is that we are getting quality sleep. We may be sleeping 6 -7 hours each night, though it could only be 3-4 hours of quality sleep.
What do I mean by quality sleep?
Snoring, tossing and turning, head racing, too much screen time, too many stimulants, shift work, heavy meals, eating after 7pm, technology in the bedroom, and other disturbances can all affect the quality of our sleep.
Our best quality sleep is from 9pm to 1am, this is when we release 80% of the growth hormone we release during the night, if you are still up at midnight, you are missing out. We also need to be in a delta brainwave state for the hormone production. This hormone repairs and heals.
It is quality of sleep that influences our physical, psychological and social wellbeing.
In today’s fast pasted lifestyle many people are sleep deprived. Some warning signs of sleep deprivation include: snoring, sleep apnoea, fatigue, irritability, day time sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, confusion, weight gain, sugar cravings, addictive behaviors and depression.
The final part of physical health that has an impact on feeling empowered is nutrition.
The fuel that we give our bodies comes in the form of food. The food contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, water, amino acids carbohydrates and lipids. These are the nutrient that fuel our engines, supports our lives and maintains wellbeing.
We all eat foods every day. We all make choices as to the types and amounts of foods that we eat. The food choices we make as to our foods can either impair our health or be detrimental to our health.
The aim for us is to create a nutritionally balanced diet that will provide us with optimal health. It is worth keeping in mind that we are all individuals and what is a healthy diet for one will not be the same for all. We are all magnificent, unique beings.
A nutritionally balanced meal is one that contains all the macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water that we require. A person’s age, gender and any health conditions and food preferences will all be factors that affect what constitutes a healthy diet.
Our body requires 40-60 different nutrients to maintain health and well-being. The secret towards a balanced diet is having different nutrients in appropriate amounts regularly, through the foods we eat.
The over-eating of any one type of food or nutrient, even the kinds we call “healthy” could be harmful.
All the food that we eat has its own energy, vibration and consciousness. The vibration of a fresh organic avocado will differ from that of deep fried fish and chips, which will differ from that of additive laden potato chips, made 12 months previously. There is a definite relationship between the food that we eat, our personality and how we feel. There are some of us, however, who eat a very poor diet and still maintain emotional integrity. A continual poor diet will eventually undermine the strongest of minds and bodies.
For now I will say, eat all your colours.
I am happy to help and offer advice for any aspects of health and empowerment and you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more info.
Seeing you always in health and happiness