Health is only valued once it’s lost.
Chances are you’ve heard of that old cliche, and yet it’s very true.
Experience has shown that there are certain elements to our heath that we can control (most of the time) and they are as follows:
– What we put in our bodies
– How stress is dealt with
– Physical activity
You may find a few more here and there, yet these cause the biggest impact.
In regards to what goes into your body, this comes in the form of your nutrition, substances and all things of that nature.
Look at it this way, people choose to eat terribly, smoke and drink excessive amounts, then complain when their health is in the toilet.
Um, no, you don’t get to complain for something you willing did to yourself, it’s your fault and anyone who tells you differently isn’t helming you, they’re merely having you shift accountability and this can leads to dependence, or various logical excuses as to why you struggle.
This leads into the second point, how you deal with stress.
We can all agree life is mostly suffering and shit, yet how you choose to deal with that, be it an emotional reaction that sends you towards drugs & drink or a rational decision to perhaps take up yoga/meditation.
Stress is inevitable, however how YOU choose to react/respond to it isn’t.
Put simply, make better choices.
Of course consider your emotional needs, and everything else that needs to be considered, just don’t react instantaneously because this is one of the quickest ways to form poor coping mechanisms and terrible lifestyle habits.
The more time you give in to you animalistic, primal and childish urges the more this will have knock on effects throughout your life.
One main area this can effect is sleep.
(You can improve sleep by limiting technology before bed, black out blinds, a comfortable room temp, etc – seriously google it, there is a load of into on how to improve sleep)
You end up with a broken circadian rhythm, poor habits where you get up in the night to go and eat to emotional comfort yourself, or have a drink or a smoke or who know what else.
This all leads to excessive cortisol, basically you’re a frightened animal that is always not he run with no respite.
While the first two can take a few years to reveal their damage, poor sleep shows you its ugly side within a few days.
This in turn leads to more stress, then that goes back up the change to making more poor decisions as to what goes into your body, a truly vicious cycle.
^ Yes I literally repeated the same thing in different wording and do you know why, because it’s IMPORTANT and you need to realise it sooner rather than later.
Lastly this leads to your physical activity.
Ofter it goes on of two ways:
1 – You embrace sloth, grow fat and destroy your health
2 – You become addicted to training & destroy your health
The reason for number two not being all fluffy and worm is this – people try to use exercise (especially excessive exercise) to compensate for all of the above being shit.
I’ve seen it time and again for almost 20 years.
As much as I personally love fitness, there is a reason it’s last on this list, and that is because out of the 4 above it’s the last important.
Without optimal consumption and ingestion of items into your body you can’t perform.
Without a method of dealing with stress appropriately then adding extra stress from training will end up being more distress as opposed to the eustress that it’s meant to be.
Without adequate sleep you won’t recovery and probably end up injured, frustrated and emotionally comforting yourself through your poor choices/habits.
You see even when all of the above is shit you can still gain refuge from training and perhaps even make some progress use to the positive effect it can have in helping you adjust your habits.
Yet as mentioned above this is where things go wrong because you try and ‘out train’ your problems/shortcomings.
It’s essentially like trying to swim through wet sand.
Take a look at the big picture for a second.
See where you’re falling short and address it honestly, don’t hold anything back or better yet get someone who won’t mind hurting your feelings to give you the talk you need.
Yes it will suck, it will hurt, yet for hourlong term health it is exactly what you need.
Go back and re-read the above.
Make notes about yourself and any thoughts that spring to mind.
One sure fire way to know if something directly applies to you is this – you get pissy, offended, the hump, or whatever you want to call it.
When you have an immediate emotional reaction and you stop yourself blurting something out that often means a nerve has been hit and it has direct relevance to you and your internal (possibly external too) growth.
If you have any questions feel free to ping a comment down below of fire of a message.