Top Form Tuesday: Weight Management is Life Management
Hold on, don’t give me the side eye and tell me that you thought Life Synergy wasn’t about weight loss!
Wait, let me explain…
While weight loss or gain isn’t the primary objective of Life Synergy, weight management does have some importance. First, let me explain weight management. Upholding a healthy eating and exercise regimen is a huge part of long-term weight management. It’s less about the number and more about the lifestyle. It’s not striving to get to a certain weight, it’s letting your habits get you to a healthy weight. Not healthy by your standards but your body’s standards. I’m not a fan of the archaic medical standards as to what your ideal weight is. I’ve seen people at my ideal weight and………umm, no. I’m also not a fan of the BMI scale which does not take into account anything but height and weight. So an obese man and a bodybuilder could have the same BMI. It mentions nothing about body fat%, which is the most important number other than your clothing measurements that you need to know as far as body measurements.
Now that I’ve cleared the air about weight management, let’s talk about the subject of today’s post: Weight Management IS Life Management.
Have you ever noticed that when your eating and exercise are on point, the rest of your life kinda falls into place. And when the rest of your life is in shambles, the first thing to suffer is your diet (by diet, I mean way of eating not temporary eating change for weight loss purposes) and exercise. This brings up an interesting chicken or the egg question. Do healthy habits influence the rest of your life or does your life influence your healthy habits? I believe it’s the former. Why? Because discipline and consistency, which are at the core of your entire life and pivotal when it comes to healthy eating and exercise and also because the way you eat encompasses your life, literally. The one thing you do over the course of an entire day every day other than breathe is EAT. If you strive to be disciplined in that area and concentrate on getting your workouts in at least 4-5 days a week, the rest of your life will fall in line IF you don’t like the distractions of life throw off your routine.
Try it for a week. No matter how tough or busy or hectic your day is, commit to work outs and eat as healthy as your circumstances will allow. If you’re at a restaurant that serves nothing but sinful things, choose the least sinful but stick to your commitment. By the end of the week, you’ll notice that your life has progressed for the better. You’ll notice you not only physically feel better but also your emotional state, disposition, and attitude have all improved.
This is what I mean when I say weight management is life management because once you master that, everything else is cake, no pun intended. How you take care of your body directly affects everything else. Many people see eating and exercise as just a physical thing, not realizing that there are tons of mental and emotional benefits that arise from it. When you fill your body with junk, you diminish creativity, you affect your ability to concentrate, you become more irritable. Your body is a car, fill it with the best fuel if you want the best performance. Get in those workouts to clear the mental cobwebs and to make your body a mean machine capable of handling anything life throws at it. You sit in your chair for 12-13 hours a day. Without daily workouts to offset it, you’re doing damage to your back, affecting your body’s alignment from being hunched over all day. All of that takes a toll, work it out! Your life will follow.
But in the words of Levar Burton on “Reading Rainbow”, “You don’t have to take my word for it.” Try it for yourself.
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