Illness is the result of imbalance. Imbalance is a result of forgetting who you are. Forgetting who you are creates thoughts and actions that lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and eventually to illness. Illness can thus be understood as a lesson you have given yourself to help you remember who you are. ~Barbara Brennan
Small changes in your physical fitness can have a huge effect in the way you look, feel and perform. It can help you live more comfortably and effectively in this world. By taking care of your body, you can improve your ability to survive and thrive.
Exercise and physical conditioning can help you look, feel and perform better.
You can improve your physical fitness through regular exercise, proper diet and nutrition, sleep and rest as well as avoidance of drug abuse, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. Exercise and physical conditioning can help you build endurance, flexibility, strength and fitness.
Improving your physical fitness doesn’t happen by chance. It is an active process of making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. The choices you make can contribute to your overall wellness or illness.
In today’s stressful world, life is moving too fast. As a consequence, were not fully present and experiencing our life. We’re always too busy. Instead of savoring life, we are just rushing through it. We’re constantly in a hurry to get to the next task or the next experience.
We have lost touch with what’s going on inside us and around us. Most people are barely aware of their bodies unless they are in physical distress. They have to get sick in order for them to pay attention to their bodies.
We are born with a natural awareness of our body’s needs and feelings. The problem is that most people have learned to tune their body out – they’re either ignoring it or controlling it.
Due to the pressures of modern life, many people are moving further and further away from the natural rhythms of their bodies. Most people are living such busy and stressful lives that they’re constantly pushing their bodies past their natural energy level. Life is usually structured according to what needs to be done. There is no respect or sensitivity to the body’s natural rhythm. People get up when the alarm clock rings. They eventually go to bed after watching television late at night, playing video games or surfing the Internet. Lacking energy the next day due to lack of sleep, they use caffeine or some other stimulant to keep on going.
Our bodies usually know what they need. They communicate to us clearly, but we must be willing to listen to them. The body is constantly communicating its need for food when it’s hungry and for rest when it’s tired. Physical healing can take place when we learn to tune into, feel and listen to our bodies.
Most physical illnesses have spiritual, mental or emotional elements. Physical healing can be enhanced and accelerated by dealing with the other levels in addition to the physical level.
Some people deal with mental, emotional and spiritual hunger by abusing food, sex, alcohol, drugs, work, gambling or shopping. These strategies can offer some temporary pleasure or distraction, but they can’t really offer real and lasting fulfillment for people’s mental, emotional and spiritual hunger.
Treatment of health problems, such as, obesity and workaholism as well as addiction to shopping, sex, gambling, alcohol or drugs requires treatment of mental, emotional and spiritual issues associated with these manifested physical issues. Without an integrated treatment strategy, lasting healing will be difficult or even impossible to achieve.
It’s important to find out what works for you, whether it’s for improving and maintaining your health, treating problems as they arise or restoring your health following an illness. Our bodies let us know what they need. So, it’s important to learn to feel, sense and listen to what your body is saying.
Small changes can lead to big health benefits. Doing one thing differently can be all it takes to improve your health. One small change in your mental, emotional, spiritual or physical wellness can be the switch that can lead to a chain reaction of positive effects with long-term health benefits.
Physical fitness as well as overall wellness do not happen on their own. They are the result of deliberate decisions, conscious efforts and persistence.
True wellness is more than the absence of diseases and dysfunction of the mind, body or spirit. It is a way of appreciating and fully experiencing life. It involves the process of living, growing and achieving the life that expresses your maximum potential as a human being. True wellness is about living life to the fullest.