Healthy is as Healthy Does: Three Actions to a Healthier You in 2013

Health insurance is a very important commodity to have, especially during this era where chronic illnesses are almost as common in a 10 year old as they are in a middle aged person.  For those who take advantage of it, we now have (for the first time in American history) a comprehensive health care plan that will aid those in need of medical care.  But do you really want to rely solely on health insurance and live your life in such a way that you actually might need it due to a life threatening chronic illness?  Hmmm, while I”m happy to be insured, I’m also thrilled that there is another alternative that is more reliable and less  frightening than becoming seriously ill-it’s called PREVENTION!

President Benjamin Franklin said it best, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to be able to get medical treatment if you should need it-but, your goal should be to prevent the need to seek treatment. So, for those of you who are still holding steadfast to your New Years resolution of getting healthy, I’ve listed three of the most important things you can do to ensure good health this year and every year:  The first action is good ol’ exercise.

(1)  Exercise-You’ve Got to Move It…Move It!

Yes people, unfortunately (for those of you who hate exercising) most healthy roads are paved with ….well….exercise.  And yeah-I know what you’re thinking (especially those of you who like to take short cuts) that there is somebody out there that has never worked out a day in her life and lived to be 100…..blah, blah, blah…  Perhaps during our grandparents time (when our food supply was more pure) that happened more frequently because the food during that time was more nutritious and less processed.  And in addition, they actually did exercise (not formally) because their jobs generally consisted of a lot of manual labor inside and/or outside of the home.  However, during our current times, the odds are that the Gods won’t smile down on us like that because we have changed into a more technologically advanced nation-right along with our “fast paced” food supply.  Therefore we have to keep on pushing on-Right?

Exercise for Internal Beauty

Basic exercise (walking daily) is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure good health. It restores your energy, decreases depression, gets those synapses jumping in your brain, reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, prevents osteoporosis, and prevents insomnia-and that’s just some of the benefits.  

Exercise to Unleash the Goddess/Adonis in You

If you want the ultimate benefit, you know the one that puts your vanity on blast, then you can’t just “exercise.”  You’ll have to switch it up a bit to get the full vanity benefits of a body that turns heads, by doing these four types of exercises:

  •  Aerobic exercise- strengthens the heart,

  • Strength training or weight lifting- strengthens your bones and prevents osteoporosis,

  • Core exercises- strengthen your abs, back, and pelvis and most importantly of all,

  • Interval anaerobic training, which requires you to combine jogging or walking with short bursts of high intensity exercising such as sprinting- this not only strengthens your heart, but it also burns the most fat and truly conditions your total body.

But! Before you grab those jogging shoes, (just like a perfectly performing car) you must feed your “God given machine” (hint: your body) the proper nutrition. Exercise requires lots of energy so you can’t skimp on proper eating.  One of the things that stood out the most when Gabby Douglass, who won the Olympics gold medals, was her comments about her diet while she trained for the big occasion.  She was not able to eat any “junk food” until the Olympic games were over because proper nutrition actually turns your body into a high performing athletic machine.  

But perhaps more importantly, the importance of good nutrition was captured so brilliantly with the sage advice of Hippocrates who suggested that “We let food be our medicine and medicine be our food.”  Now this is where it get’s really interesting…. the only way to achieve that goal is to have an individualized nutrition plan. This brings us to the second action you’ll need to take to get to a healthier you.

(2)  Nutrition:  Follow the Doctors Orders-That Doctor being one of the best Physicians to ever live-Hippocrates

In the same way that some medicines cure or heal person A, but might possibly kill person B (yes people medicines can kill you. Don’t ignore those frightening side effect warnings), the wrong food can be just as harmful and lead to chronic illnesses.  This is why you need get very familiar with metabolic typing.  

Metabolic typing basically suggests that each of us are different and have different nutritional needs in order for our bodies and minds to perform optimally.  I could really delve more into metabolic typing, but the purpose of this article is to just highlight the three critical things that you can do this year to take control of your health. So here are three of my favorite metabolic typing gurus who can navigate you through the process-and they even have tests to help you determine what your metabolic type is:

Again, regardless of the doctor you prefer, you can’t go wrong because they all provide comprehensive information and tests to help you determine what your metabolic type is to get you on the right path to a healthy body.

So once you start eating right and exercising, you will without a doubt, start to feel and look amazing.  Your energy level will increase, your food cravings will decrease, and your brain will “reset” your eyes and ears in terms of how you’ll actually take in or receive information. Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we actually did have an automatic reset button so that when people start to become “awkward,” (that’s the new word for crazy) we could just push their reset button.  But I digress (smile)… You will eventually be able to say goodbye to the following things: 

  • Goodbye paranoia (it will destroy ya),

  • Goodbye teary outbursts and/or depression (your hormones will start to normalize),

  • Goodbye bad hair and skin days (you’ll radiate), and

  • Goodbye medications for any and everything-including high blood pressure and diabetes (these diseases are controlled by your mal-functioning endocrine system)

And finally as result of dropping all of your unhealthy baggage, you will naturally end up at action number three which is extremely important towards achieving overall health.

(3) De-Stress: Follow The Musician Bobby McFerrin’s Orders-Don’t Worry Be Happy!

Yes, eating healthy and exercising greatly reduce stress which is often referred to as a silent killer because it completely throws your hormones off kilter by flooding your body with cortisone.

Cortisone is a hormone that is released by the adrenal glands when the body is under stress. It puts your body in a fight or flight state when you feel that you are under attack.  That’s a good thing when you are actually being attacked and have to flee for your life.  Conversely, cortisone every day (when you are not under attack) can actually lead to your death because it can be very toxic when it circulates throughout your body for long periods of time.  Cortisone can cause your brain cells to die; as well as destroy your immune system because your heart rate and blood sugar levels are constantly increased. This is why you must get your stress under control.  In order to completely control your stress and reduce your cortisone levels, I’ve listed a few other things to help you manage:

  • Exercise, exercise, exercise (exercise naturally reduce stress),

  • Eat right for your nutritional type (proper nutrition naturally balances your hormones),

  • Meditate at least 15 minutes a day (meditating naturally reduces your heart rate, blood pressure, and makes you feel less angry),

  • Practice yoga (yoga taps into the mind-body energy and aids in reducing stress), and

  • Find a place to worship (Psychology Today suggest that organized religion helps you to cope with stressful situations and makes you more relaxed).

  • So that’s it-three simple actions to get you to a better you this year and every year: Exercise more, Eat right for your body type, and reduce that stress.