“Being healthy and fit isn’t a fad or a trend, it’s a lifestyle.”
As a health and fitness professional with multiple degrees and certifications, and over 25 years experience in the field, I have something to say that may surprise you…
We’re going a bit overboard on this wellness thing. Watch the video below, or read the transcript that follows!
The pursuit of wellness has become a puzzling, irritating, sometimes dangerous obsession for some, that in many ways is having the opposite effect on our health than its meant to.
Kombucha this, Matcha that, gogi, fermented, gluten-free, caffeine-free, booze-free, sugar-free, fat-free, carb-free, fun-free!
Raw diet, high-fat raw vegan diet, junk food vegan diet, twinkie diet, baby food diet … weight loss sunglasses. Wait what?
There’s bone broth, hyper-functional beverages, bullet-proof coffee, cricket flour, snail facials, coconut-oil-everything, charcoal detoxing, oil pulling, voodoo cleansing, juicing, rewilding, collagen pill-popping?
Holistic here, bikram there, bungee dancing, skate board pilates, cycle karaoke, kangoo, soul-cycling, crossfitting, P90xing, animal flowing…
Go-big, go barefoot, go early, go home.
Not only does it take time to filter through what is what, but if you’re not ‘in on the latest thing’ you can end up feel guilty, inadequate, confused or annoyed.
Now let me be the first to say that some of the things I mentioned have great value for your health. But if you’re going to head down the road toward the latest health trends, DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
And that is what bothers me about all of this!
Too many people are looking for an easy way out of health shortfalls that likely took years to manifest. There’s no quick fix for poor health habits people. All of these shiny, great-energy, fatigue-busting, digestion-aiding, fat-burning trends have distracted us away from what really matters; A clear understanding of the basics of health.
You need that, and a you need to take the time to establish a foundation of good health habits before you explore the fringes.
Why confuse or complicate your wellness regime, when it really comes down to a few basics.
- Lift heavy things at least once a week. Heavier than you think you can.
- Get your heart rate up more days of the week than not. Higher than you think you need to.
- Eat more food that actually grew somewhere. Real fruits and vegetables. And less sugary, processed crap.
- Slow down, sleep better and de-stress.
Maybe I’ve over-simplified it a bit, but really that’s what it comes down to.
It’s September so it’s ‘back-to-school’ time and a great chance to get back to basics with your health. And how about we skip the excuses…I don’t have time, I don’t know what to do, I’m too old, I’m too out of shape, It’s too hard, I can’t do it! What if you could? Imagine how great you’d feel?
Great health is yours for the taking at any age or fitness level, and all you need is a bit of knowledge and the guts to #DTFW.
I’m going to help you with the first part. In the next four weeks, I’m teaming up with 4 top-level, tell-it-like-it-is health professionals to learn why weight training is vital – especially as we age, why we need to intensify our cardiovascular training at least some of the time, how we can embrace healthy eating and still eat chocolate, and why sleep is the most under-rated health practice we all need to embrace. Plus, they’ll share ways to help you integrate new habits for your health in each of those areas. Good stuff.
So until then, start thinking about the ways you’d like to recharge your health this fall, and send me a message and let me know if you have any questions you’d like answered.
Until next time, I’m Michelle Cederberg helping you transform your work and life, one wellness wake-up call and one recharge at a time.
Michelle Cederberg, MKin, BA Psyc
Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
ORSC Trained Team Coach
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