Foundations of Health
The Butterfly Effect, an idea within chaos theory, states that a tiny difference in the initial state of a physical system can make a significant difference to the system at some later point. In other words, the smallest shift extrapolated out ultimately creates a trajectory with a very different endpoint. This idea proves true in many facets of life, including health and fitness.
If we take our current health trajectory and look across the plains of time and see a result that is unsatisfactory,
we can create a vastly different health landscape by simply making small shifts that push the trajectory in a different direction. Often times, as individuals adopt a healthier lifestyle, the difference between their current state of health and the one they desire can seem quite incongruent, the challenges insurmountable. But I assure you that just as I have led hundreds of others to shift the trajectory, I can also help you! Movement creates Inertia and even the tiniest steps can lead to BIG BIG Changes.
Let’s do a little Health Self Assessment?
- How many meals do you currently prepare at home?
- How often do you feel overwhelmed by obligations an things you “should” be doing?
- How many hours do you sleep each night on average?
- When was the last time you had a conversation with a close friend or family member without the interruption of TV, cell phone, or some other distraction?
- In a given week, how many minutes would you consider yourself active?
- Have you ever questioned or researched the ingredients in your lotions, cosmetics, shampoos and cleaners?
When embarking on a transformational journey of health,
it is helpful to have a clear understanding of what a healthy person looks like, feels like, and acts like. Though media focus on health and fitness often focuses on being skinny or having abs, we all know inside that the person who strikes us as healthy is much more than that.
Let’s brainstorm some words that come to mind when we picture a healthy person!
** glowing, vitality, happy, energetic, Calm, Relaxed, Nutritious Food, NOT Sick, friendships, active, rested, whole, flexible, strong
That sounds like a pretty healthy person to me… how bout you?
Over the years, in my career of bringing health and vitality to people who were overweight, sick, weak, stressed, tired, angry, depressed, and victimized, I have found that total health comes down to 6 categories: Nourishment, Stress, Sleep, Relationships, Exercise, Environment.
These six areas are in a constant ebb and flow that ultimately determines how you feel, how you act, how you perform, and how you view life. Though it is virtually impossible to have all six areas under control at any one time, it is important to understand the role that each plays in your overall health and to have a strategy for continual improvement. Picture a Juggler with me. He has six balls that he is keeping in constant motion. He has a few balls in the air and a few balls in his hand at all times, and only one ball at the furthest point away from him. Managing your health can often be just like this. You have a really good handle on a few areas, they are safely in your grasp! A few areas are close to you but either getting closer or going further away. And then, one area is farther out of reach. That’s the area you have to focus on and reign back in. Today, you might look at your health and see a trajectory that doesn’t lead to a satisfactory endpoint. You might feel that all six balls have been thrown high in the air and you have no hope of catching a single one! I am here to tell you that you can and you WILL! We’re going to make it incredibly doable and I am going to give you a system for juggling these areas of your health so that you are practically ready to be a contestant on America’s Got Talent! Let’s start by looking at each of these areas of health and understanding why they even matter in the first place… I hope you find it helpful! Let us know what changes you make along the way!
We'll do this is a 6 part series of posts focused in on each area individually.