Happy New Year. We're coming up to February and that is heart health month here at ingfit and a lot of us have gotten through January and approached it with all of the beautiful and lovely insight that we've had over the past couple of months together, but now we're starting to think of little bit more long-term hopefully.
Especially as we think about ingfit’s four pillars of health, which are sleep, movement, stress management and nutrition especially as we're starting to think about heart health month all of these play a super integral role in keeping your body overall healthy and especially keeping your heart healthy.
So, as we start to think a little bit more long-term and sort of some strategies for being able to do it.
I just want to flag the most important thing that I think is the biggest strategy to maintaining all of these four pillars and that is consistency and just really creating strategies for being able to stay consistent.
There's a lot of people who go into January and they're feeling a lot of guilt and overwhelm for maybe overindulging over the holidays and they just do they go zero to a hundred they start fasting for multiple days or they think that you know, six or seven days of workouts are going to undo all the power going to undo all of the debauchery over the holidays, but really in fact, that's not the case at all that is just not the case at all by going 0 to 100 you're actually putting more stress on your body both physically and mentally and so your body is not as easy it cannot adapt to a change like that because it's constantly in a high-stress environment and your body can't really tell the difference between physical stress or emotional stress it all raises your cortisol, so when it comes to consistency and really building out these long-term strategies for keeping your body healthy and your heart healthy you really need to think of things that you're going to be able to sustain long-term all right so stay with me that means focusing on the things that you actually think that you're going to be able to maintain.
I was one of those people that tried to get in the craziest hardest workout that you possibly could every day of the week thankfully I had the experience of lock down to show my body and my mind that that was not the way to approach life and that my body actually appreciated and responded better to when I did shorter bouts of activity, but I really made the most of that time.
So, my training schedule now is I do three days of very heavy lifting and I do a couple days of high intensity cardio my teaching spin class and then those other days I take it easy.
I do a short walk and do some stretching or whatnot by being able to approach my movement pillar in a way that's more manageable and fits within my schedule it cleared a lot of head space for me and it allowed my body that time that it actually needs to recover.
So the same goes through nutrition, you know, what are some strategies that you think that you can handle long-term?
A lot of people will go right into just cutting out all carbs.
Your body cannot do that right away.
You need to build that slowly thinking about how you can address your meal prep.
So maybe that's just starting small, you know, maybe it's just prepping your breakfast and your lunch and not trying to go all out and you know building a crazy mind and the schedule and all of that.
I definitely tried when I first started my meal prep program to create an Excel chart of everything that I thought I could do it.
And when you actually take a step back and try to build something that's long longer term and more sustainable across all four pillars of health.
You're actually going to do your body and your mind and your heart a lot more justice.
So I really want to stress the importance of finding strategies to stay consistent.