The Importance of Staying Fit & Healthy – Chris Lewis

The Importance of Staying Fit & Healthy

Modern society has us believing that we should be prioritising status, wealth, and material possessions. There’s so much emphasis on achieving this that we often neglect our health and wellbeing in the process.

I believe that staying fit and healthy is paramount. When I was younger, I was taught to respect my belongings. As a present for Christmas one year I was bought a bike, it was given to me to last for years to come. In a society of consumerism and mass production, we buy TVs and other non essential gadgets, they’re considered replaceable which I guess they are! This ethos has unfortunately also conditioned our mental approach to our wellbeing. The thing is, we aren’t machines, we can’t be replaced as a one-day delivery via amazon prime, we only get one body! The good news is, like my bike, we can be cared for and maintained properly and repaired when necessary.

Mental Health

Good news! Exercise can boost your mental health and wellbeing, that’s great, however, this is not a prerequisite that you’ll feel happier and/or more at peace.
Some of us, myself included, get easily influenced by the aesthetic appeal of health and fitness via social media platforms. There is more to improving our wellbeing than ‘looking’ good!
Our mental health affects all that we do. The words we choose, the anger, frustration, or kindness that we feel inside and project into the world will all manifest.

'"Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.’’
-Mahatma Gandhi

Mental health is so important, it affects EVERYTHING that you do. Mental health is as much a part of fitness for me as six packs and big biceps!

Physical Health

Ask yourself firstly what are your goals and what do you enjoy? What type of training is fun for you? If you enjoy something, you will be more likely to adhere to your fitness program. If you find fun in each of your sessions, your goals will be achieved twice as quickly!

Why is physical health so important?

Optimises immune system functioning
Reduces anxiety/depression
Greater confidence
Increases strength
Improves cardiovascular health
Reduces risk of osteoporosis
Reduces risk of heart attacks
Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes
Lowers the risk of some cancers
Can be a fun way to blast away stress
Can be a great way to meet new people

The list could go on and on and on!

Nutrition

Why is your nutrition such an important part of staying fit and healthy?

Because the food and drink that you choose to consume will impact every part of your health and wellbeing.
Here’s something I find fascinating, you may have you heard the saying, perhaps your mum told you , ‘you are what you eat’ Well guess what? This is literally true! You become what you eat. Every month your skin replaces itself, every 6 months your liver replaces itself, every 6-10 years your entire body is completely replaced. All new cells are made from the food that you eat. You therefore literally become your nutritional choices.

I try and implement a natural approach to the way I eat by avoiding processed food as much as possible. Have you ever asked yourself what half of the ingredients are at the back of these plastic wrapped up foods? Real food doesn’t come in plastic, real food comes from the trees, soil and sea.

When it comes to weight loss, or just general healthy eating, it’s common knowledge that as long as you stay in a calorie deficit you will lose weight. This is 100% true yes, however, certain foods will affect what you choose to do and eat next. You could be eating chocolates, crisps and sweets and be in a calorie deficit. While you may lose weight this will not improve your overall health and will have a direct knock-on effect on how you think, feel and act. Eating a lot of refined sugar for example will spike your insulin levels and make it harder to stay in your calorie deficit, you will crave more sugar. Investing in your nutrition can be life changing.

Some food for thought! The great news is that if you feel that you’d like to make some health and fitness related changes to improve your overall wellbeing, you don’t need to do it alone. I will be here to support and guide your health and fitness journey every step of the way.

Chris Lewis

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