In life, there comes a time when you reflect on your experiences. What you have encountered this year, how you have progressed, how you have grown, where things are going now, and perhaps how you want things to go for the coming year. I read a quote last night I thought I would share since the New Year is coming up – and many of you are setting new goals for 2013 and looking for a “fresh beginning.”
Our best intentions are often thwarted by external forces. Forces that we ourselves set in motion long ago. Decisions especially bad ones, create their own kind of momentum, and momentum can be hard to stop. Even when we vow to change, even when we sorrow and atone for our mistakes, the momentum of our past keeps carrying us down the wrong road. Momentum rules the world. – Andre Agassi
Due to something I was faced with, I have recently changed the momentum in my life. I’ve taken my experience for everything it could have possibly meant. I am changing the momentum – and hope I inspire some of you to do the same. Living with inspiration in my eyes is one of the fundamentals to living a fulfilled life.
Seeing as how I am a fitness professional – I have taken my experience of growth, and developed it into an informative article that can be useful for you when you not only evaluate your health and your fitness but also your life as a whole.
4 months ago I used to be a firm believer that you can sleep when you’re dead, and there simply wasn’t enough hours in the day. My days were relatively high-stress and involved always being on the move.
Being a Kinesiology major and a self-motivated learner, I was well educated on the benefits of sleep and told all my clients to make sure they got enough sleep… yet day in and day out I functioned on an average of 5 maybe 6 hours. This was the one piece of advice I used to give that I was not following myself. On top of inadequate rest, I used to function best under stress. P.s. Exercise is also a form of stress… (Though this kind of stress has so many benefits, and should only last 1 hour a day).
I speak in past tense because 4 months ago I experienced a major sports injury during my half marathon after which I was greatly demobilized. I went from running 20Km to being laid out in a hospital. Hospital entailed a surgery in which a metal rod and 2 screws were inserted into my leg to help hold the broken femur together.
Upon returning home from the hospital after 1 week, I wasn’t able to do anything physically. I had undying support from family and friends, however now it was beginning to set in. I used to work 12 hour days … and now I was to sit in my home doing nothing. Exercise, training, a.k.a my forms of therapy were taken away. I have learned new, non-physically stimulating ways of therapy, stress, management, creating mental balance.
Aside from personal growth – taking time for meditation, mindfulness, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. I took it upon myself to use some of this time to grow professionally. I indulged in more science-based, health, and fitness education. Also – I started this blog. It enables me to motivate, inspire, educate people on how to possibly improve the quality of your life by providing you with latest fitness research, easy healthy eating ideas that you can apply to your busy lives, new exercise ideas that will allow you to revive and enjoy exercising.
Mainly because almost every person I encounter talks to me about their fitness, diet, losing weight, gaining muscle, looking good – I have molded my learning experience to one that can hopefully benefit you all. Whether you are motivated towards shedding some extra pounds, getting rid of your diabetes or high blood pressure, increasing your muscle strength and size, performing better in daily life, or you just want to look and feel good, there are 2 principles I want to shed some light on in your life – Sleep, rest and minimizing Stress. Doing these 3 things will help everyone be mentally and in turn physically fitter.
Yes, we are all individuals and your body may not function the same as your best friend however, the frame-work and maintenance both your bodies needs is pretty hard wired.
We each experience and express stress in our own ways. Some people eat, some people smoke, some people don’t eat, some don’t exercise, and many more. Practising the art of de-stressing and getting enough sleep is at the base of the pyramid of a healthy life.
We start craving foods, 2 types of foods: