Achieving and maintaining good health starts with creating and sustaining the appropriate habits that align with your health goals. Good health involves more than just a wholesome diet and regular exercise, and doctors and experts alike are giving recognition to the significance of lifestyle factors and the role they play in overall health and wellbeing. Lifestyle practices such as sleep and rest, stress management, and mindset are holistic factors necessary for creating total mind-body health.
It is time the conversation around nutrition evolves beyond fad diets, gimmicks, quick fixes, and outdated science. If any of that worked, we would not see ever increasing rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other diet and lifestyle diseases continue to rise, year after year. Over generalized or overly strict dietary guidelines are not doing any favors to those looking for honest, helpful nutritional wellness advice. What we eat affects our mood, our mood affects our energy levels, our energy levels influence our activity levels, activity levels affect sleep and stress, which all circle back to mood and
Whole-Food Nutrition: Whether you follow a balanced diet, vegan or vegetarian diet, paleo or keto, experts agree that most of these foods should be real, whole, minimally processed foods. Your body is always telling you something, the trick is knowing how to listen. Hunger, mood, energy, cravings, stress – these are the languages of the body and learning to listen to them will draft your own unique blueprint for how to eat.
Habits and Mindset: The subconscious mind controls 95-99% of our behavior and biological functions and was designed for survival. We can challenge our limiting beliefs and uncover the underlying causes of self-sabotaging behaviors and patterns simply by changing the messaging the mind receives through internal dialogue and from our environment.
Stress Reduction: Stress overload and poor stress management are toxic contributions to health. Incorporating practical rituals of self-care is nurturing to the mind, body, and soul and is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
Restorative Sleep: Adequate sleep leads to a recovered body, ready to take on mind and body transformation activities. Proper nutrition, daily movement and activity, and stress reduction all lend to more restful and restorative sleep. Lack of sleep makes us more susceptible to cravings, hormonal imbalances, and weight gain.
Intentional Movement: Experience the joy of movement from the mindset of gratitude and celebration. When fitness shifts from a “have to” to a “want to” motivation, the routine and commitment becomes effortless.
Beach Fitness is hosting REVIVE & Elevate, a 4-week community nutrition and lifestyle challenge this April 12-May 7. REVIVE & Elevate is all about creating lasting, healthy lifestyle habits. You will get out what you put in – are you ready to REVIVE & Elevate in 2021?