Learn why durability should focus on your wellness plan and how to do it. It’s a lot easier than you think if you have a plan and goals.
What’s The Ultimate Health Goal?
The longer we stay alive, the greater the likelihood of something negative impacting our health. If we are durable and aware, we are better equipped to handle challenges and unexpected events.
Strength, stability, flexibility, agility, and endurance become more critical the longer we live. These are the elements of your durability. Finding the right balance is the key, but it’s challenging because the mix changes over time.
So, your ultimate health goal should be durability because it helps us enjoy life to the fullest. Learning to enhance overall wellness is the best way to get the most out of life.
Several factors affect our mental and physical health. Because we are all different, there isn’t one way to deal with them. We have unique backgrounds, DNA, body types, and other genetic dispositions.
The environment where we live and work complicates things further. What we do in our free time also impacts our health. Similarly, what we eat and drink affects our health.
Then we each have a variety of unique family and social influences. And last, there is the possibility of accidents and illness. These factors impact our health to some extent. We take our health for granted, but it is a fragile thing.
Do you see why your durability should be the goal? It makes you less likely to suffer illness or injury. And, if you become sick or hurt, you’ll recover more quickly.
Durability Should Be the Ultimate Health Goal
When you hear the word training, you probably think of physical exercise, and proper exercise is an essential element of our overall health. However, many wellness experts tell us what we eat and drink is even more critical.
What we eat affects not just the body but the mind and spirit. If you are looking for a place to begin, start with diet. You can’t exercise your way to health if you don’t give your body the proper nutrients. An unhealthy diet will erase any potential gains of exercise.
Since we are all different, there isn’t one plan that fits everyone. However, several elements apply to everyone. Your current level of health will determine what you need. Here are the factors you should include in your plan:
1) Proper Diet
Unfortunately, diet is the first and most crucial element. The food you eat is doing one of two things: either improving or harming your health. The more processed and the greater the food’s shelf life, the less nutritious the food is. In fact, “fast food” isn’t food. It’s a food-like substance. It may taste good, but it is harmful to your whole health goal.
Remember, you are what you eat. Your body cannot make healthy nutrients from junk food. When you eat, keep in mind how it will affect your health. Durability should be on your mind when you select the things you eat.
Look at the ingredients on the package. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. Look for products with the least fat and the greatest amount of moisture.
Here’s a big secret to eating. If you feel full, then you don’t eat more. So, eat fruit and vegetables high in moisture content. You’ll fill up but with fewer calories. Avoid high sugar additives, which are found in most popular soft drinks. Sugary drinks are addicting and harmful.
Part of the ultimate health goal is to simplify your life by decluttering—Declutter your refrigerator and pantry of all the food-like substances that aren’t good for you.
2) Proper Exercise
Once we start to eat the right foods that fuel the body, we are ready to work on repairing and making our bodies “better.” Exercise programs are a substantial commitment to doing something today to make you better tomorrow.
Sticking with an exercise regiment is challenging because we have so many things going on in our lives. Like most people, you’ll start and restart and then begin again. Our recommendation is to start with walking for 10 to 20 minutes, then once your body starts getting used to moving, add a CD program in the 30-minute range. You don’t need to do 30-minutes of extreme exercise to get the benefits.
All our bodies are different. How we use it and exercise makes us healthier or decreases our health. Exercising the physical body has a tremendous impact on your mental health. But, if we don’t train our bodies properly, we lose vital physical and mental capabilities. An exercise program should include the following elements:
- resistance training for slow and fast-twitch muscle groups
- cardiovascular exercise,
- flexibility, balance, and stretching exercises
The way you combine these elements depends on your health needs. Remember to follow the advice of trained health professionals. They should take precedence over the opinions of political and religious sources. Use your smartphone to set benchmarks for your diet and exercise. Your whole health goal needs to be realistic and attainable.
Your Durability Enhances the Quality of Life
The quality of life is different across cultures. How we perceive life as either positive or negative doesn’t depend so much upon our material wealth or possessions as it does our state of mind. (1)
Nations with a high emphasis on material wealth have the fewest people who perceive their lives as fulfilling and high quality. Even those with substantial wealth do not find their lives to be of high quality. They may have more than one residence, take lavish vacations, and have expensive cars and clothes, but these things don’t improve their quality of life.
If anything, all these things are the source of stress and anxiety. It takes a lot of effort and resources to maintain this lifestyle. They must always be “busy” experiencing the next new thing, but when they encounter major health problems, they find no amount of money can give them the level of health they need to enjoy life. They realize chasing the elusive thrill of the next big thing was a counterfeit.
The modern lifestyle of excess contrasts with those who work hard to earn a living. However, they appreciate life more and believe they have a high quality of life because of the people in their lives and their contributions to society. They enjoy being alone and in solitude.
The bottom line here is that the quality of life does not come from acquiring things. There is a direct link between the quality of life and positive contributions and connections. You find the real quality of life by living a life of balance, but how do you find balance?
The Need for Physical Durability
Many of the Sages and Avatars traveled to remote places, the wilderness, or climbed mountains. And, while doing this strenuous activity, have time to meditate. Some spend days and months in isolated locations. Hiking in the wilderness is physically and mentally demanding.
So, they had to be in good shape for these Sages to travel and stay in the wilderness. They had to forage for food find shelter from the weather. Plus, they had enough energy left to engage in extraordinary spiritual adventures. This physical fitness level is a lesson and example we can use today.
The Enneagram Personality Profile is an excellent example. The primary tools are a set of questionnaires that help us identify our default settings. It will help you understand the thought processes and preferences of personality and instinct.
Not all spiritual technologies have “off-the-shelf” usability. You’ll need to prepare your body, mind, and spirit for more advanced levels of meditation, like the Siddhis of Patanjali. Tai Chi and other moving meditation forms also require a certain fitness level.
There are many kinds of Yoga and exercise programs that fit every fitness level. It is easy to get confused about where to start. And we use this as an excuse not to begin. The best advice is to pick something you know you can do safely. If you try it and don’t like it or find it isn’t challenging enough, you can always try something else. The important thing is to begin.
If your ultimate health goal focuses on durability, what you need will become your immediate priority. Again, we emphasize that diet is the first and most important aspect of a wellness plan. You probably know what you should eat versus the things you should avoid.
When you think of wellness, you may not immediately associate it with spiritual exploration, but remember our discussion about the ancient sages? The healthy you are, the more options you have in life, and your spiritual health is linked with your mental and physical health. Here are the four main categories of tools that can help you enhance and expand this vital connection.
Your durability should be your whole health goal. Each element of this component affects the others. The longer we live, the more critical it becomes. Don’t just survive, but thrive by enhancing your overall health and wellness.
(1) The Quality of Life and the State of Mind: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/371403