For many, the path toward regaining short term health is intutitive. Right? I could take a poll of each of you reading this and ask you to list a handful of steps that you should take to be healthy. This is not a magic potion that we have bottled up in the back room of Rev5.
Eat Better. Shop on the outside of the grocery store. Eat whole foods which haven't been processed. Control your portion sizes. Pizza doesn't count as a veggie because it has some on top of it.
Drink More Water. Since we were kids, we've been taught that our bodies are primarily made up of water. Yet, many of us struggle to consume enough on a daily basis. Did you know that you should drink roughly have your body weight per day in ounces of water?
Sleep More. Sleep is when your body recovers the most. Sleep is when your mind recovers the most. Implementing any of these other points are useless if you don't get quality sleep. PS - sleep is also when your body burns calories without you having to do anything!
Minimize Alcohol. Alcohol in and of itself is an injection of sugar and calories, which violates the 1st point. Alcohol dehydrates your body, which violates the 2nd point. Alcohol negatively impacts your sleep, which violates the 3rd point. Alcohol also negatively impacts the next point.
Exercise Consistently. Eating healthy foods, drinking water, and sleeping are crucial to being healthier. Still, your body was designed to move. You use it to accomplish various tasks everyday. Therefore, you need to keep it mobile, strong, and fine-tuned. Exercise is the medicine the doctor ordered, without a doubt.
Still, none of these points are earth-shattering. We might need to do better with any of these 5 points. We might need to learn more about the amount of each food is right for our individual bodies. We might need a Coach to teach us how to exercise safely. But all of us could come up with a similar list and put the majority of it into play immediately.
And it might produce a degree of health. But I guarantee that it will be short term health only. And REV5 Fitness is on a mission to guide you back into control of your long term health.
Here's the secret sauce that often gets overlooked...
No, not coffee. Yes coffee, but no. Research exists which suggests that healthy relationships actually play a role in long term health.
A Harvard publication said it best. "Staying connected and involved is actually a form of taking care of yourself, just like exercise or eating right," says Dr. Waldinger. "This is an important prescription for health...People who are more socially connected to family, friends, and community are happier, healthier, and live longer than people who are less well connected."
According to the research, loneliness has been directly linked to shorter lifespans. Health and brain function literally declines as a result of being lonely. Conversely, having healthy relationships at an older age has been linked to sharper memories and overall happiness, even with physical pain.
A Northwestern Medicine publication echoes this correlation, proposing that "a lack of social relationships has the same effect on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day." This resource goes on to discuss how positive relationships help lower stress, promote healthier behaviors, and extend the length of life.
Positive relationships listen, communicate, and trust. They make time for each other, are present for each other, and know details about each other's lives. More importantly, they hold each other accountable and support through life. That's why the diet and exercise steps aren't enough to ensure long term health. We need people in our lives. We need support and accountability and encouragement. That's why individually we are ordinary, but - collectively - we can be radical.
If you think you are at a place in your journey where a further conversation with us could be the best next step for you to take back your long term health, book a free No Sweat Intro today. We'll see you soon!