Feeling tired? feeling frustrated? feeling stressed? what do we do to feel good, HEALTHY and vivacious?
Little do we know it, but often times when we get stressed because there has been a red light run of traffic, or someone looked at us in a "funny" way, or we are just "too tired" at the end of the day to care about what food we eat for dinner, has a lot to do with our physical state. I know it does with me. I know when things are hectic and we have little time to think, we put our health and fitness aside as sometimes this seems like a chore rather than an essential. Just as we have to schedule our lives now, to fit in work commitments, family commitments, friend commitments and maybe other peoples commitments we need to schedule in our health commitments too. This means regular and consistent exercise along with health full eating. I say health full eating because some people think of diet as a periodic thing that you do to lose weight and then return back to your former ways of eating. Health full eating means eating healthy food as a standard practice with every meal. (Of course you are still allowed to go to parties and indulgences...... just not every day, or week) I'm not a nutritionist, nor and I trained in any form of dietary discipline, I can only pass on information that I have researched and that has impacted me. I can say that in times when I have let my eating be less than great, I have paid for it. My physical feeling of general wellbeing has suffered, I've been tired, grumpy and not performed well in the activities that I wanted to do. So from experience I have found that eating fresh vegetables, with other health full foods (I eat grains, and dairy) along with some fruit and plenty of water has helped me to feel my best and healthiest.
So is it all just health full food? No, that's the simple answer. We are of the animal form. While we see ourselves as highly evolved and superior we are still living creatures that were made to move. Moving is essential to keeping our bodies working correctly. Each of us was created differently and so the type of moving we do would be different for each of us. Also we have different interests and goals so this would impact our preferences to activity. But essentially we all need to move and it is recommended by The Heart Foundation that we do this at a moderate intensity for at least half an hour most days. Why do I suggest Pilates? Well because Joseph Pilates created his method to suit everyone, designed for those who were recovering from war injuries and amputations. It is a safe activity to undertake as it was created to be complementary to the body, without trying to augment it to be a certain way. It is designed to help people move the way in which we were intended to move. By activating all the muscles not just the large ones. Incorporating exercise that targets the smaller muscle groups helps the larger muscle groups do their job (it's a team effort... an internal one). So to get your muscle team activated learning how to use them in Pilates exercises help you to recruit them in everyday activity. In my opinion, living an active life that is fuelled by heart full food means that your body can then do it's normal everyday function to its best ability. This then makes you, the owner of the body, feel better both physically and emotionally. I know it makes me more able to cope with those red light runs, strange sideways looks and even a lack of avocado. More importantly it helps me to be able to make good or better choices each and everyday for me and for my family. If you're feeling tired, frustrated and stressed maybe looking at your eating habits along with your moving habits will give you relief and a feeling of general well being.
Please note: Before taking up any new activity or changing your eating habits in an extreme way consult your GP. And always if you have health concern, issues or injuries tell your instructor before you attend a class and after consulting your GP or specialist.