Hate to burst your bubble but eating salad all day everyday and running countless hours on the treadmill is not going to make you fit.
Your overall health and fitness is actually 3-dimensional. And the workout component is the smallest part.
20% is Fitness
This may surprise you, but the physical component is the smallest piece of the pie. It encompasses what you might guess – things like cardio, fancy calisthenics, and kettlebell classes at the country club.
Movement is important. Being active is great. But it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There are lots of people who appear fit, but are actually incredibly unhealthy. There’s only so much kale you can eat and weights you can lift to create true healing and longevity.
This is why you hear about people working out for hours 7 days a week and don’t lose a pound. It’s because there’s more to it.
30% is Lifestyle
Quick question: how much are you intoxicating yourself vs detoxing yourself? This is NOT just physically. You can be in an intoxicating work environment, relationship or social circle.
Typically the terms “intox” and “detox” are deeply rooted in the meanings around ingesting substances in your body. Alcohol intoxicates, and then the boxed cleanse you bought from the health food store will detox you. There’s much more to it.
Some examples of intoxication are:
- Binge watching on Netflix (I’m looking at you, OITNB people)
- Spending a long period of time with someone with unhealthy habits
Some examples of detoxification are:
The thing to think about here is how your habits are impacting your health. Remember you can’t spell “health” without “heal.” Do your habits support your healing process? Are they proactive in creating health or are they reactive and used as measures to undo what has been done?
Lifestyle is a summation of your habits. This is not just nutrition and being active. It’s a B.A.L.A.N.C.E approach.
What kind of lifestyle are you living? Do you take breaks throughout your day to re-energize, whether that’s through breathing exercises, meditation, reading, journaling? Do you take time to stretch your body, detox from substances and stimuli that drain you of energy? These are the types of things that greatly impact your long-term health.
50% is Consciousness
Say what?! You mean I can do push-ups all day, drink smoothies all night and STILL be unhealthy?! Yes. I repeat – hell, yes.
Ever heard of super fit people who drop dead or religiously organic eaters who get a cold every month? It’s because of the consciousness.
For behold – it is not what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating you! Your thoughts are energy. They carry an energetic charge just like food contains calories. And just like food, your body processes your thoughts and emotions. This process flows based on your awareness of your relationship to yourself, others, and life.
You may eat 3 times a day, have a green smoothie once every other day, do yoga once a week and a master cleanse every month. But you have up to 60,000 thoughts per day. Now tell me what you think is going to have a greater impact – something you do a couple of times a day or something you do up to 60,000 times a day.
Yes you might lose and/or maintain your weight and you might be able to continue a healthy diet (lifestyle), but until your thought patterns align with a more joyous and effortless experience of life, you’re traveling the path of more resistance.
The theory of calories in vs out is malarky. If that were true we would all look like Victoria’s Secret models, because that stuff is actually very simple. It’s the relationship to it all. It’s what we THINK and how we FEEL – there’s the key to solving the obesity status in this country. There’s the truth to how we address long lasting wellness.