The Foundation(s) of Health and Fitness
(This is an article I wrote for Inner Realm magazine's Jan., 2019 edition)
When thinking or talking about health and fitness, we are usually referring to one’s physical health and fitness, going to the gym, eating right, getting enough sleep, etc. And, yes, all of these things are very important for our health and wellness but, as important as they are, when we think of health and fitness in this rather singular way I believe we are doing a disservice to the meaning of true health and fitness and all those who aspire to but don’t get out there to exercise.
Even though most people are fully aware that exercise is good for them in more ways than one, less than a quarter of Americans are getting enough exercise, based on federal standards. Only 22.9% of U.S. adults from 18 to 64 met 2008 guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise between 2010 and 2015, according to a new Center for Disease Control and Prevention study completed in the past year.
So why is it that more of us don’t exercise? To try to answer this question, I’d like to draw your attention to the Emotional Guidance Scale I have provided. It’s a scale that shows a range of the emotions we experience at one time or another. Some of us experience emotions in the upper areas of this scale much of the time, some dwell mostly in the bottom areas and still others experience some of both at different times in their lives. Where do you fall on this scale most of the time?
I haven’t been able to find any research on the topic but I would imagine that most of the people that are out there exercising on a regular basis are experiencing more of the emotions in the upper levels of this Emotional Guidance Scale. And, those who are less motivated to exercise would be in the middle to lower range of these emotions.
So why would I think this? A quick, simple test. Think about it. When you think of those feelings listed in the upper half of this scale, how do you feel? Light or heavy? And, when you think of the feelings on the bottom half of this scale, how do you feel? Light or heavy? Which feelings would make you more likely to exercise? Exactly, if you feel lighter, more energetic, and feel good about yourself, you’re much more likely to exercise.
On the other hand, if you’re feeling heavy, overwhelmed, exhausted from all the negative feelings you’re holding onto you’re more likely to want to be more sedentary, reaching for the “best” thing to make you feel better in the moment such as eating, smoking, drinking, and/or watching TV or some other such diversion to distract yourself from your anxiety and/or depression, etc.
True health and fitness starts in our earlier years. Whether we go in a positive or negative direction in relation to our personal health and fitness is largely
determined by our early childhood experiences. The Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs) is an ongoing study that started more than 20 years ago and continues today. This study focuses on how the stress (our Adverse Childhood Experiences) in our childhoods negatively affects every aspect of our lives throughout our life cycles if gone unchecked. This includes our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, our self-esteem and self-worth, our career decisions and our financial situations, our relationships, etc. It can also cause chronic illness and disease and, even, early death.
So our Foundation(s) of true health and fitness are the result of our childhood experiences. If we have more positive experiences in our childhoods then we are going to have more positive thoughts/beliefs, feelings and behaviors and end up in the upper levels of the Emotional Guidance Scale. If we have more negative childhood experiences we will be less happy, less energized, less motivated to take care of ourselves and end up spending more time in the bottom half of this scale.
So, is there a way out of this predicament? Can we get out of the lower half of this scale? Can we let go of our anxiety, depression, etc. that is holding us back from enjoying life? Well, you may recall that I earlier stated that these negative conditions will continue to affect us throughout our life cycles if gone unchecked. If you do nothing about them then they will remain the same or get worse. If you want to improve your placement on the scale then you can let go of the negative thoughts and feelings keeping you in the lower half of this scale. And, the more negativity you let go of the higher you will go up on this scale and the happier, more energized and the better you will feel about yourself thereby improving your performance in every aspect of you life.
Since your anxiety, depression, insecurities, etc. were “given” to you by your environments when you were younger you can now release those conditions, especially with the help of new, cutting-edge Alternative therapeutic methods that have come into existence in the last number of years. These methods will help you release your anxiety, depression or another other condition created by your Adverse Childhood Experiences.
My therapy Practice is called “Accelerated Healing Solutions” because I use methods that will help you get better quicker and much more effectively than talk therapy. Some of the methods I use are E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Brainspotting, E.F.T. (Emotional Freedom Technique), W.H.E.E. Therapy (a combination of E.M.D.R. and E.F.T.), Parts Therapy, etc. These methods interact with the deeper parts of the brain where the traumatic material causing your negative thoughts/beliefs and feelings are “stuck”. These methods Release this material and Release the condition that was also created by your negative thoughts/beliefs (i.e., anxiety, worry, fear, panic, depression, anger, etc.) For more information on these methods please see my profile and go to my website. Good Luck on your Healing Journey!