LIFESTYLE LESSONS: Juggling act is key to best performance
THE facets of your personal health fall under three categories: physical, nutritional and emotional.
These three health aspects are directly linked to each other and are in constant motion.
Imagine this: you are the clown and you have three juggling pins that you are trying to keep in the air.
To keep all three pins in the air your entire life is not realistic and, just like an apprentice clown, I'm sure you will drop many a pin - if not all of them - many a time. The dropping of them however isn't the real concern.
It's the not picking them back up that leads to bigger issues like mental health problems, obesity and the thousand other diseases that plague our race.
When I'm emotionally tapped, it affects all my choices, from what I reach for to put in my mouth, to what I feel like I can physically exert.
For me, my emotional pin is the key. When dropped and not picked back up, it affects all my choices.
I choose food and exercise to help me keep my emotional pin elevated.
Over the years, I have trained myself to use physical activity to clear my mind, to be my emotional crutch, to serve as my coping mechanism to deal with life's dramas. This frees food up to become what it is designed for, to feed me and provide long-lasting energy so I can deal with life's battles.
Here's my tip.
I start the day with oats or eggs. With my nutrition off to a great start, my day seems to follow this trend.
I look at my calendar and identify when I'm going to squeeze in 30 to 45 minutes of heart-pounding goodness (physical sorted).
I sleep at least 6.5 hours a night. My emotions play better when I'm not starting my day tired so this helps me move towards restarting my day on the right foot, resetting my intentions and recharging myself.
Although that's not every day of every week of every year, it is my normal.
When you drop the pin, don't leave it for dead. Change the rhythm of your choice and pick it back up again.
That is your health in a nutshell. One big juggling act.
So I encourage you to become the masters of our own juggling act.
Start with one pin and slowly add on another until you have all three moving in a rhythm that works for you.
Laila Gordon is a Kingaroy-based professional fitness trainer and massage therapist. Do you have a question for Laila? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.