Reason # 1: You sit way too much.
The majority of Americans sit for up to 10 hours each day. As Katy Bowman, a scientist and author of the book Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement, told Reuters, “Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day… You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.” We as a society have to more move!
Not only does sitting for too long eventually shut down your core musculature, which in turn leads to lower back pain and horrific posture, but your organs also begin to suffer.
Findings presented at the 2015 Inaugural Active Working Summit found that sitting increases:
– Lung cancer by 54 percent
– Uterine cancer by 66 percent
– Colon cancer by 30 percent
– See if your workplace will pay for a standing desk or allow you to have periods where you are able to stand.
– Use your breaks as time to get up and be active. Don’t rely on your workout to be the only time of the day that you move your body.
– Find activities that you alone or with your family enjoy doing that require movement and activity.
Reason # 2: You eat too much processed food-like products and not real food.
If your diet centers on food from a window, box, wrapper, or package you are limiting the amount of nutrients the body receives. Food is one of American’s biggest struggles, but controversially it is one of the things on this list you have control over. No one forces you to eat things you don’t want or like. It is up to you to take responsibility for the food you consume and give your body the nutrients that it needs to thrive. If you want better results you need to be conscious of the foods you eat.
Your health and overall fitness can take a dramatic turn in the right direction if you will simply give it the following: vegetables, protein, fruits, nuts and seeds. These types of food have a synergistic relationship with the body when they are consumed. Meaning that when you eat an apple your body knows what to do to receive energy from that apple from the nutrients that are in it. When you eat something out of a box or wrapper that has 30+ ingredients your body can’t work at ease to receive nutrients from the food.
– Eat foods that make sense – real food! These are foods that have an expiration date and can go bad because they are living and give the body life.
– Shop the outer perimeter at the grocery store to ensure you are buying foods that are not processed. Cook at home more often so you know what you’re eating.
– Cut out the processed drinks and consume plenty of water. Your body is 60% water. This doesn’t require much of an explanation.
Reason # 3: You obsess over fitness and lose your health in the process.
This is exactly what happened to me, so I can relate the most with this point. My fitness goals came to a standstill because I quit pursuing my health. I quit taking responsibility for the health of my body and only for how fit I was. Not only will your health begin to suffer when you obsess over fitness, but in time your fitness will suffer too because you are no longer healthy.
The definition of fitness according to thefreedictionary.com
The state or condition of being fit; suitability or appropriateness.
Good health, especially good physical condition resulting from exercise and proper nutrition.
The definition of being health according to thefreedictionary.com
the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor. 2. soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment.
As you can see in these definitions, if you want to obtain fitness one must have good health. If you look at the definition of health though, you should be free from sickness or disease and have a sound mind and body. Many of us suffer from sickness and disease too much because we focus on fitness and not our health.
Here are some examples of things to which you may relate:
You want to decrease your 5k or obstacle race times, BUT you do nothing to work on your mobility and posture and think that your nagging injuries won’t add up. A fit person can run a race, but a healthy person isn’t injured all the time.
You want to increase your deadlift, squat, or other lifts in the gym, BUT you think it is fine to eat processed junk as long as you get stronger and look a certain way. A fit person can get strong and look fit, but a healthy person nourishes their body from the inside and out.
You want to decrease your weight or body fat, so you have more energy to play with your kids or grandkids, BUT you starve your body the food and nutrients it needs and over exercise so you can lose weight and wreck your hormones in the process. A fit person can lose weight by exercise and restricting calories, but a healthy person does what it takes to lose the weight the right way and keep it off for good.
This list can go on and on forever. We all think we have time on our hands and that we can focus on our health once we need to. Unfortunately once many of us find out that we need to focus on our health it is too late.
– Listen to your body. It knows best, and it will tell you what you need. Learn to be in tune with it on a regular basis.
– Do some research. Find an expert in the field you need assistance and allow him to help get you back on track or identify the stumbling blocks in your way. We believe we have many resources to help with all of your fitness goals by promoting health first here at Reclaim, but there are many others in the community that are able to help as well.
– Enjoy the journey. If you only hate what you’re going through to never get where you’re going it is going to be a long tough road.
Reason #4: You’re not getting nearly enough sleep.
Some people honestly think that your body can run and be efficient on a few hours of sleep each night. I think that is insane. If you disagree look at this short infographic, and don’t be alarmed by the title.
– Turn off overhead lights when the sun starts going down. Your body has a natural circadian rhythm. Don’t throw it off by tricking your body in thinking it is still daylight out.
– Don’t watch intense shows right before bed, and take your face out of your electronics.
– Get to bed before 10pm and do something relaxing like reading a book or speaking with a human being face to face.
Reason # 5: You may be in a chronic state of stress.
Seventy to eighty percent of all visits to the doctor are for stress-related illnesses. When your body becomes stressed it slowly loses the ability to function as it needs to and you will experience many symptoms in the process. Your body wants to work in a state of ease or be at homeostasis, and once stress takes over ease has been disrupted which puts you in a state of dis-ease.
Things that cause stress:
Drugs (recreational and prescription)
Caffeine and Alcohol
The list goes on…
When stress continues and becomes chronic your sex hormones won’t perform at optimal levels, sleeping becomes difficult, your body begins to ache, organs don’t function like they should, you begin gaining weight and the symptoms continue. This process will go on and on until you fix the root cause and overcome the stressors.
Understand when you are becoming stressed, and be proactive about it. Things that can relieve stress:
– Working out at your ability and movement level.
– Talking to a professional or family member about your stress.
– Get a massage or visit a chiropractor to help with any trauma from your body being misaligned.
– Take a walk or a break when you feel stress coming on.
– Learn how to say no and not take on the world.
– Ask for help.
– Eat quality nutrients from real food.
– Eliminate processed foods and drinks.
– Get quality sleep at night.
– Avoid chemical toxins in your home and workplace.
– Hire an FDN practitioner to find out why you have specific symptoms.
– We hope this list has brought some light to your potential hurdles or has simply reinforced values you already hold true to your health pursuit.
Either way, thanks for checking us out.
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