Healthy body healthy mind, or vice versa?

Most people are familiar with the age old saying “healthy body, healthy mind” and you would have to admit, when your body is working at its’ peak, you do feel pretty amazing. Usually there is a recipe of ingredients that culminate in your body feeling so good – enough sleep, healthy diet, sufficient hydration and some regular exercise tend to be the winning formula. We all know it, we all have had moments where we get the mix just right, but how often does it really last? Can we sustain it long enough? And then like the saying, the cycle of healthy body healthy mind turns into unhealthy body and with that unhealthy mind. Not really much fun.

There is no denying that a healthy body is one thing many of us want and it is not always major changes or overhauls we need to make to get desired results. So often when working with clients, I can see small and simple changes that can result in significant differences in someone’s life. It can be quite daunting to go from irregular sleep patterns, living off take away’s and surviving only on caffeine and chocolate to go to a regular 8 hours of sleep, 3 square meals of healthy organic food with no sugar or caffeine in your diet – and maybe it is not realistic. The importance with anything we do, it needs to be realistic and achievable.

Similarly when working with the physical body it is important to work with a realistic and achievable program that aids in getting your body into alignment – feeling healthy and strong. That may mean regular exercise, but it does not necessarily mean 2 hours at the gym each day and running marathons in your spare time. A simple and practical program designed to your specific needs that can take as little as 20 minutes a day can often be enough to notice real and significant change. Now of course, if you want to be running marathons, then go right ahead. It may take you more than 20 minutes training each day though.

Like anything, regularity is the key. But also simplicity. Complicated diets and arduous exercise regimes do not need to be the answer for major change, but one thing is for sure, it requires a mind that is ready. The body is merely a slow mind, so if we want to make changes in our body, we need to also work with our mind. They say if you want to know what your body will look like in 10 years from now, simply look at the contents of your mind today. Scary, but also exciting that we have real opportunity for transformation and sustainable change. So maybe we need to reverse the saying, healthy mind, healthy body. It may not have the same ring to it but, it certainly works.

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