Most people can tell you exactly what they don’t want or what they don’t like. They can easily describe their dissatisfaction with their current job, relationship, body, health or situation. Unfortunately for most people, they cannot so readily describe what they do want – what they would like to experience, become or create.
Most people today train or exercise with a very narrow approach to fitness. They do one thing (like running, rowing, yoga, swimming, biking, etc.) and do it repeatedly for years. There are fantastic benefits to be gained from each of these individually, but on their own will not produce a well-rounded, truly fit person.
Hormones are potent chemical agents that have the power to create sweeping changes in your physiology. Insulin is the star of the show – it not only plays the leading role in how food nourishes the cells of our bodies – it’s also one of the most powerful and significant hormones in regards to our health, period.
There is a reawakening toward the value of … nothing. Doing nothing. Rather than feeling irresponsible (and creating bad health) for not grinding it out day and night over a 60 hour work week, we are now becoming aware and engaging in the art of doing nothing. And we’re better for it.
Does your morning routine looks more like survival of the fittest and a race against the clock? This stress-filled morning fills your body with an early dose of stress hormones that push your entire physiology into the sympathetic neurological state of Fight or Flight; then sadly, many of us spend the rest of your day in this state. It’s time to take back your morning.
There are many excuses for not working out regularly: no time, no energy, no money, or all of the above. The good news: exercise is free. And, research shows that short interval, higher intensity exercise gives you better results than long, drawn-out journeys on the treadmill or punishing runs on the pavement.
Truth be told, if your ancestors didn’t move, they didn’t eat. As a hunter and gatherer, if you didn’t hunt and gather, you didn’t eat (if you didn’t move, you got eaten). Before the agricultural revolution 10,000+ years ago, all humans had to spend energy to secure energy. You had to burn calories to find, hunt, chase, fish, carry and prepare everything that you ever ate or drank.
Research continues to build an even stronger case for how important our microbiome is for health and well being, affecting everything from brain function to cancer survival rates. ‘… gut microorganisms have been shown to play a role in a wide range of human diseases, including obesity, psoriasis, autism, and mood disorders.’
Who doesn’t love a good taco? If you’re aiming for strict Paleo, use lettuce instead of the organic corn tortillas.
The lunge is a great ‘go-to’ exercise – demanding, safe, helpful to undo the effects of all the sitting we do in modern life.