Put Exercise and Health Into Perspective

Let’s get in the right frame of mind to help us make moving and eating healthier more a part of our everyday lives.

I met this woman who had adopted a 15-year-old girl who had been in the foster care system since she was 3 years old. This new mom told me that she and her partner had been learning so much about the human brain via this process (she also happens to be a chemist CSI-style for the sheriff’s department). She said that the brain will actually stop developing when it isn’t getting the right kind of stimulation (touch, love, learning, etc.), but it will pick up where it left off in the developmental process after more human contact.

Imagine how much of our lives is a true combination of something real (like a concrete wall that you don’t want to drive into) and our own perspective. One day, I wake up on the right side of the bed and everything is great and seems possible. All things the same, I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and I begin questioning life: Can I get it done? Will I stay married? What’s it all for? Blah, blah, blah. Is anything different in my life? No, the only difference is what I’m looking at and how I’m feeling.

The basic fact is that eating healthy and exercising leads to feeling better and gives us the opportunity to have a more positive outlook on life. Should we eat well and exercise to try and look sexy in our clothes? Sure, that is part of it. However, when we get right down to it, what is it really all about? Creating a real chance to live life to the fullest with the most joyful heart we can.

Oh, and by the way, this perspective requires a complete picture of mind, body and spirit. We need to continuously work on, and work out, all sides of ourselves as physical, emotional, and spiritual beings. Life is short, so use exercise and great food to help you live the highest quality life you can, and not waste so many days getting up on that wrong side of that bed.

After all what are the things on the list that make the difference between one day being good or bad? Often times, it’s all between our ears. Oh yes and one last thing, take responsibility. If you don’t waste a lot of time blaming others then you can put that energy into actually doing something about it since you are taking charge.

by Gabrielle Reece