With all of the (sometimes confusing) information available to us, I’m convinced that there are ample opportunities to define, refine and adjust our expectations of health. It is an ongoing process, where every day is an opportunity to begin anew. We just have to commit each day to living the healthiest, fullest life possible and forgive ourselves when we don't quite meet our expectations.
One thing I know for sure is that I feel my best when I am keeping my mind in the present, eating clean and exercising regularly.
My health in 2015 will focus on continuing to develop these elements of Feeding the Mind, the Body and the Muscles.
Here are some resources I’m using to focus on each:
Feeding the Mind:
I love this book because Dan Harris, a journalist at ABC, explores meditation from all angles as a skeptic and finds that through his discussions with meditation and spiritual leaders, doctors and the like, that meditation really does have an enormous impact on our daily lives.
A coworker friend turned me on to this app and now I can't get through a day without it. Headspace is an app that offers 365 guided meditations (one per day) that are simple to follow and mind- and life-changing. I can take my meditations with me wherever I go and have found it to be one of the most important apps on my phone.
Feeding the Body:
In my quest to better understand health and nutrition (and sift through the 'junk' of information out there), I've been trying to record my food intake to gain insight into how much sugar, fiber and macronutrients I’m consuming. While certainly not the best site/app out there, I've tried others out there and this one seems to be the best of the worst.
As I continue to learn more about the deleterious effects sugar has on the body and our population, I refer to this book and hope to continue to reference it throughout the year. Full of (scary) information about how sugar impacts our diet, I hope it will continue to 'scare' me away from consuming more than my recommended daily allowance.
Feeding the Muscles
I'm in the process of developing a few workouts for both gym and at-home / traveling exercisers. Stay tuned for them in later posts.