To me, optimal wellness is feeling good—mind, body, and spirit. It’s being at the right body weight for me. It’s moving with ease, and being fit, strong, and lean. It’s allowing every cell in my body to thrive, and having a super-charged immune system and metabolism. It’s having every system in my body functioning properly. It’s nurturing my body’s own wellness abilities. It’s treating myself—and others—with love and respect. It’s experiencing habitual feelings of appreciation, eagerness, and joy. It’s a lasting state of well-being, and a confidence in Who I am and what I am capable of.
How important is eating healthy foods and moving your body to achieving optimal wellness? As I wrote in my blog yesterday, it’s pretty darn important to me.
But beyond my personal experience that I feel physically better and have increased physical energy when I regularly move my body, according research cited by Bill Phillips in his book Transformation, the health benefits of consistent exercise are staggering.
For instance, consistent exercise can:
- Double survival rates of breast cancer patients, and can significantly reduce the chance of developing breast cancer in the first place.
- Strengthen the body’s immune system.
- Help relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Boost blood flow to the brain, which increases the energy of brain waves that are responsible for quick thinking, focus, creativity, and problem solving.
- Prevent and treat osteoporosis.
- Help manage diabetes.
- Reduce the risk of addiction and relapse.
- Slow premature aging of the skin.
- Promote healthier digestion.
- Reduce aches and pains.
- Contribute to optimism and a positive mindset.
Study after study shows that exercise plays an important role in promoting sound physical and mental health and emotional well-being. If the benefits of exercise could be put in a pill, everyone would be taking it.
And what you eat is just as important. When you eat nutrient rich foods, your:
- Mind becomes more alive, and you’re happier
- Immune system is stronger
- Body feels younger and healthier
No matter what your goal is, if you’re trying to create the life of your dreams, exercise and eating healthy foods might need to be a part of it. And if they’re not, why not?
Together we can do it!