We are social animals. We are drawn to others, groups and gatherings like moths to a street lamp. We have an innate need to connect, to share and to be accepted. Coiled deep within our genome lives the predilection to commune with like others. .
A big reason that so many people have trouble sticking to their exercise routine or reaching their health and fitness goals is because they are trying to get themselves to stick to an activity that they hate! This will never work. You cannot expect to successfully maintain a regimen that you detest doing.
There are as many answers to this question as there are people struggling with their diet. However, you will never find the right answers when you are asking the wrong questions. Wrong questions yield wrong answers. There are real biological factors at play here. The hormones and neurotransmitters that are released in response to the foods that we consume are more powerful than any drug that we could take.
Regardless of orientation, most everyone agrees that we live by an internal compass that guides our behavior with feelings of good and bad, knowledge of right and wrong. We flourish when we live in alignment with our innate value system.
Movement benefits … everything – your brain, your poops, your immune system, your blood sugar management, even your moods. Lack of movement promotes stress. Lack of movement promotes bad health – weight gain, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, autoimmune disease, arthritis.
All calories aren’t the same – calories from chips or Twinkies aren’t the same as calories from avocado or salmon. The nutrient quality of calories matter … hugely. We recommend building a critical skill set: the ability to gain an understanding of the caloric value of your typical foods.
On a personal level you get to choose your attitude. Your attitude is a set of beliefs that are developed over time. Your attitude reflects your chosen belief system and dictates your behaviors and feelings. If our attitude reflects the belief that every circumstance provides an opportunity for growth, we can maintain a state of gratitude.
A group of like-minded others successfully completing a task creates a supportive ‘vicarious experience’ that gives us confidence to embark on a new activity. The power of the group can pick you up and carry you along when motivation is low.
Our modern lives are incredibly fast paced and demanding – it often seems that we’re constantly at full throttle. This chronically stressed state creates constantly elevated stress hormone levels (think cortisol). Stress hormones impact every facet of our bodily functions – especially digestion.
You will make exceptional gains, while enjoying an extraordinary experience, if you simply focus on progression. Your body and mind both thrive in environments of consistent stimulation, discovery and challenge. You benefit from the plastic effect when you are stretched beyond the limits of where you’ve been before.