We are Aerobic creatures by nature – but living an Anaerobic Lifestyle – no need to wonder then, why we have excess body fat and feel tired a lot of the time!
This blog is a short exert from the Health Coaching page on my website to give you a brief taster…
What Actually is Health?
The word health comes from the word heal.
To heal presupposes there is something to heal right! That is where the magic of Life itself comes in, in a shortened version of a potentially really extensive breakdown – to live we must breath, when we naturally breathe we create a cascade of unavoidable negative internal physiological effects starting with free radicals that create toxicity and which ultimately lead to inflammation that all of course need to be negated – to be balanced out, and that is where healing ( to heal, to have health ) comes in and has it’s rightful place in the scheme of things.
Another way to look at it, is to understand that in its most simplistic term, it is energy.
An abundance of energy is the measure and the key to / of better health. When health is optimised, you will experience an increase in physical ( and often Emotional ) energy levels …
Health is also a mental parameter too. People often neglect to remember this. Mental health is as important as physical health.
Why Don’t People Look After Their Health?
That is a difficult question to answer definitely. There are of course many reasons and many answers. I would argue that at its most basic root, the cause is simply that people do not ‘value‘ their health.
The problem is that when you were born, your body was already there!
You didn’t have to do ‘anything‘ to get it. Thus the value, of what you truly had, was already disguised.
You were then fed, washed and cuddled for many years, as time passes you become a pre teen then a teen then an adult. At no point ( or very rare ) is there a time where we are taught ‘how precious and valuable our bodies are‘. Of course we were told intellectually from time to time in different ways growing up but I mean ‘where and when was it made a point of direct study or part of society’s collective appreciation’?!
In other words, people take for granted – that their body is there, and ( foolishly ) assume it will always be there, and will digest their food for them, heal the injuries and fight the infections! If you had to put your tuppence of effort in to assist these processes, I wager that people would then value their health ( and look after it ) just a tad better.
Even with a poor diet and no exercise your body will still exist and function ( albeit at a lower quality of existence ) and so therein lies the problem – you don’t have to do anything proactive – and you will still have a body.
So you can begin to understand that the problem in not valuing one’s health is not purely one’s own fault. Well meaning parents, genuine friends etc… simply played their part in the chain as they themselves were brought up the same way. Then you were introduced to the world of advertising and sadly further health denigration took place as nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar, acid ( alcohol ) and ‘other’ toxic substances including processed / junk food were absorbed.
Health is More Important Than Any Fitness
You want to run faster or longer? You want to play tennis better? You want to ski better? You want to swim further? You want to lose some weight? … If you do not invest in Aerobic activity then your fitness efforts will always be partially wasted and you will not be able to fulfil your potential in the fitness arena.
Am I making any sense here? I’m trying to show that people – society as a whole – mostly / not all but the majority of people put their fitness before their health and it creates a cascade of problems, or at least is an incredibly inefficient way to be / do / live on a regular basis.
I can tell you without any doubt whatsoever – the people who neglect to take care of their health first and foremost, are the same people who experience / get injuries, illnesses, yo yo weight loss, wear n tear, ‘middle age spread’, drop in libido, drop in everyday energy, medication dependence, age quicker than they should etc…
To a Better Quality of Life…