“Mens sana in corpore sano”- Thales
Healthy mind in a healthy body, such a simple statement that has a very deep philosophical background.
Being healthy is something we normally aspire to, those of us who are blessed enough to have a “normal” health and don’t battle with any mayor diseases or body functions and even body parts…we still find the time to damage our bodies, slowly and passively through our habits.
It is really amazing how when you slow down for a bit and take the time to reflect upon it, you realize of the strong connection a healthy mind has with a healthy body.
In my opinion many of our toxic habits like sedentarism, poor dietary choices, stress, rage, over eating, not eating…etc, they all have to do with our inner state, with our mind and our soul.
We often wish for a healthier lifestyle, a healthier body…BUT here comes the unhealthy mind making up excuses and justifications for the lack of better habits. Some of the top excuses our mind can come up with, I don’t have time to cook, I have to eat outside and whatever comes in my way. I don’t have time to exercise, I can’t afford a gym or a trainer or a machine. I don’t like the taste of _______. I am happy with myself I accept how I am and the way I look. I am too old to start exercising.
What really happens is that we are so used to “domestication”- indoctrination in so many levels that we easily forget to realize our own potential. Everybody is capable of making a transition into whatever they want, at any stage of their lives, but the thing is that it’s not easy to break with old habits.
In example, a year ago my mother was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, her family has a history of diabetes so we are all prone to develop it.
Before she was diagnosed she lived a regular 59 year old woman’s life (work-go home-work) Her blood sugar levels were dangerously high although her household is not the kind of home where we worship junk food. I mean we ate vegetables, wasn’t that being healthy?
In order to prevent an irreversible disease like that, she had to go through some major changes in her lifestyle (not just her eating choices), she had to start exercising, something she had never done before, and she had to start eating several portioned meals a day (she used to procrastinate eating a lot, she would go for hours doing something, cleaning or working before having a bite for breakfast), she had to start measuring her temper, and following proper food choices for her condition (so long sugary fatty frozen apple tarts), she also enrolled in a program to learn about what Diabetes really is, and the whole family has undergone a learning process about it.
By sheer will power, I am proud to say that every mont when my mother goes to her check up she has low sugar levels in her blood in a normal range, she has lost weight and she looks amazing!
Her workout: Every day she wakes up at normal human hours and she goes out for a bike ride approx, 1.5 km, then she gets to a park where she runs around the whole thing twice 1 km, after that she sits on a bench and does strength arm exercises no weights and streching. The she rides her bike back home 1.5 km and she does jumprope for 2 minutes.
Way to go mom! From not exercising ever to beating all the neighbors on their bikes! yay!
If she has to go to work earlier she adapts her routine, she plugs in her iPod and dances away for 30 min non-stop.
After exercising some water and a nice fresh meal that includes all the food groups, that means protein, carbs, vegetables, fruit and fat.
For me my mother is an example of taking care of your health, and taking control of your life. Doing so has no age limit, no money restriction, no season or condition.
It all starts in the mind and the body follows, a healthy mind with healthier thoughts and emotions gives way to a body that will adapt to anything wether it’s a routine for fun or a formal sport.
It is a fun process too because our bodies already like being healthy and actually that is their natural tendency, it is us who choose to become ill. Listen to your body, even if you have no “diseases” 40 years from now, it might be too late.