It is no secret we need to exercise. Dieting alone isn't good enough for overall health. Exercise builds healthy bones, muscles, organs, and is great for preventing a whole host of diseases. Many people think all they need to do is diet and exercise. So what does a comprehensive health program look like?
Fitness professionals are beginning to incorporate behavior change tactics into their programs. Mindfulness is being interweaved into fitness classes and practices. It is great that collectively, as professionals, we are acknowledging that diet and exercise alone are not cutting it for most.
A complete health program should include, good nutrition, adequate sleep (varies for each individual), stretching, self myofascial release, hydration, and rest between workouts. Beyond these, which are now pretty well understood by most fitness professionals, the deeper elements of the unconscious mind must be understood beyond just behavior change tactics. Without this critical component, the battle will always be uphill. An inside-out approach is the most effective and is the only way to achieve lasting results with greater ease.
To give an example, if you believe it is hard to lose weight and get fit and that it is a punishment that you have to take extreme measures to achieve those goals, then the chances are that you won't sustain any progress you have made. In fact, often times people end up putting back on the weight they lost plus more. The process is very defeating and leaves many feeling hopeless that there is any chance of success following any program.
Comprehensive health is preventative health and devoting an appropriate amount of time, energy, and focus into each facet naturally brings harmony and balance to all areas of you life; not just physical health.
Julia Broome is passionate about health and exercise but is most excited about educating women concerning the short and long term impact of exercise on pregnant women and their baby.