Our health and fitness often falls at the low end of our priority lists. Which I must admit can be one of the most boggling parts of my job as a health practitioner. People come to me wanting to be leaner and feel healthier without agreeing to take the responsibility for changing their food, their sleep, their stressful schedules or their alcohol consumption.
In order to be fit and healthy, we must all take responsibility for our own holistic decisions around food, lifestyle and working out. We cannot blame our partner, our work schedule, our stress, or our genetics. You are responsible for making your own daily decisions. You and you alone set your own priorities and even set your schedule (not your boss, friends or partner). Whether in work schedule, diet, or body health, big changes may take a while to come to fruition. But take the responsibility to start making those changes now and stick to them and by a year, step by step, you will be much closer to creating the ideal life and body you are hoping for.
When it comes to your health, it is also your responsibility to do your own research and homework to insure you are making the best decisions for your body and wellness for years to come. One doctor or health practitioner can never know everything about every problem, so do some research on your own. If your cholesterol is high and your doctor prescribes you meds without even asking you to change your diet and workout habits, it is your responsibility to research other options and realize meds should often be the last option. Be responsible and get second and third opinions from varying sources! Try western med, eastern med, physical therapy, hypno-therapy. If there are elements in your life that are keeping your from performing at your peak, it is your responsibility to change these parts of your lifestyle.Using medication or drugs should usually be the final option, not the first.
Eating clean foods is probably one of the most important responsibilities we have. Every cell that makes up each part of your body is derived from the food you consume. So if you want a fully healthy body it is your responsibility to know your food sources, no matter where you are eating (home, restaurants, friends’ houses). And eating responsibly and organically is not only your responsibility for your body but for the earth and small farmer/rancher as well. I highly recommend seeing the movie ‘Food Inc.’ now on DVD if you have not! It is your responsibility to watch this movie.
Lastly, it is your responsibility to set boundaries around balance in your life to keep stress levels low, rest/sleep levels high. Cut that TV and computer off at least 1-2 hours before bed. Dim the lights in your house an hour before bed so that your body and mind start winding down and preparing for solid rest. Get to bed my 10p on weeknights and by 11p on weekends. Do not over-commit to friends and events on weeknights or weekends, especially if you are over-stressed during the week at work.
You only have one body, it is your responsibility to take the best care of it that you can. Making the best choices on sleep (8 hours a night), food (only organic and natural, not processed), stress relief, exercise (strength training 2-3 days and week and 2 x 20 minutes of cardio a week) will keep your body running at optimum levels! Doing anything less than this will just keep it running.