Monday, October 17, 2011

Fitness and Nutrition - Like the Wheels on a Bike Equally Important

As you can see it's been a while since a post has magically appeared here. So much is going on with food, fitness, sleep, stress, etc. it sometimes makes my head spin! Seems like millions of TV commercials with magical health claims, radio with nutty infomercials and the food industry with it's crazy claims. How are you to know what to do? I can only imagine what it must be like for all of you who don't have healthy living obstetricals on your radar every minute of every day.

How to get it straight and where to start? I say diet and exercise".  A little of both.

Here's why. Exercise and Diet are like the 2 wheels on a bike.

In order for the bike to move forward, smoothly and safely in a productive manner you need a sturdy frame and 2 fully inflated balanced wheels. Will your bike move forward if one or both of the wheels are flat? Yes. Safely? Questionable. The first pot hole in the road will certainly cause you to loose your balance, even if you are able to some how move forward on your bike. What about if only one wheel is fully inflated? The other flat? I think you've got the picture here.

Imagine for one minute that the bike frame is YOUR BODY'S HEALTH and one wheel is DIET and the other EXERCISE. Will your body work if you do only one? Sure it will. Even if you don't eat healthy foods or get a healthy amount of exercise? Yes. Many of us are certainly living proof of this. Or are we? Will your body be out of balance (dis-ease) if your diet is say not the best or you seldom exercise? Yes, we all know this too. Will you still be able to move through your life in a healthy and vibrant way? For a while.

So right about now you might want to be asking yourself. "If I'm not doing the things that I know to promote a healthy body to carry me through life, how long do I have before I become so out of balance I lose my health and my life?" If this is a new question for you, then you might want get your bike straight and the wheels fully inflated as fast as you can before you hit one more of those crazy "pot holes" in life.

You know your mom is right ... eat those fruits, veggies, get a little sun and for gosh sakes don't forget your beauty sleep! 

Looking for some great resources?
Try this New York Times - Fitness and Nutrition 

Remember to take care of yourself, if you don't no one else will.

Your partner in health,
Cindy Cohen RN, Health Coach