26 Nov Building a Solid Structure of Health
How beneficial is having a “six pack” if it became a constant source of stress in your life and your relationships suffered because of it?
Conversely, how beneficial is it to have such a social life (eating out and drinking the majority of the week) that you get out of breath if you run around the block?
We’ve defined a solid structure of health that is built upon 5 pillars:
- Relationships / Community
Each pillar supports the overall structure of your health. The more we can reinforce each pillar the overall structure/system of our health becomes stronger.
Think of your health as a scorecard for a snapshot in time. Each pillar can be rated- with a 10-1 score, a really good score would be in the 40-50 (8-10 on each pillar)range and a terrible score would be 0-10 (0-2 each pillar).
A great daily/weekly exercise is to take non-judgmental internal audit of each pillar. Some questions to determine your score:
Movement – did you workout today? Did you get 30-90 minutes of structured or unstructured physical activity today?
Nutrition – did you eat clean/whole foods today? Did you stick to your nutritional plan? How much water did you consume? Did you eat any unplanned meals off of the program, sweets or alcohol?
Sleep – How much sleep did you get last night? Did you get a minimum of 7-8 hours of quality uninterrupted sleep?
Stress – how stressful was your day? At work, at home, in your relationships? Are there any abnormal external events (sickness, death in the family, changing jobs, etc)? What practices do you use to manage stress?
Relationships/Community – How would you rate the quality of your relationships (to your spouse, family, friends, coworkers)? Do you feel apart of a team? When is the last time you felt apart of something bigger than yourself?
Walk yourself through each pillar and score yourself accordingly to get a baseline of your current health. Let’s say for example you’re a 25 (5 in each category). Here’s where the exercise becomes really beneficial. Life happens, work happens, lack of sleep happens, stress happens – if we know one pillar has been lowered/weakened than we can temporarily reinforce the other pillars in order to support the structure that is our health.
For example, if you know you’re dealing with a lot of stress at work (new project or position) your normal stress score will be lower, dropping the overall score to a 22. In this scenario then we know we need to increase our movement (make sure we workout), nutrition (eat clean), and relationship (reach out for help) categories by a minimum of 1 point to offset the loss.
The bigger problem happens when we get stressed out and we don’t properly manage it, therefore causing our overall score to drop even lower. The life stressor happens and we reach for 2-3 beers a night, we can’t sleep, and we start eating like crap. One “bad” day becomes a week and a week becomes a month. Before we know it – if we’re not monitoring it our overall average dropped 5-15 points for the month, we gained a few pounds and maybe caught a cold. Sound familiar?
That’s why taking this internal audit everyday can be such a valuable tool to increasing your overall health.
But we haven’t discussed the most important part of any structure – the foundation.
The importance of your health needs to be built upon a solid foundation – something much bigger than just wanting to look good.
If you believe in God – then believe He has given you an incredible gift through your health and you should take care of yourself so you can do as much good for others as possible while you’re on Earth.
Don’t believe in God – cool, than minimally you should believe in yourself and don’t take your health for granted. Have your purpose anchored to your family and friends because they need you to be the best version of yourself.
Develop a strong and robust foundation upon a mindset that requires you to focus on your health so you can be the best parent, spouse, friend, family member, American you can be. If you don’t have a strong reason to be healthy – then you’ll default to bad habits.
Focus on what you control today at this moment. Got 50 lbs to lose? Awesome – let’s lose 2lbs first and focus on the five pillars that will help you get there. What you today and each and everyday will add up to building the strongest structure of health – one decision at a time.
If you’d like to learn more about developing the strongest structure of health we’d love to help. Drop us an email HERE and we’ll schedule a time that you can come down and chat about your goals and the best path to get there – no hassle – no commitment. We’ll even put you through a free workout if you want.