The mind and body connection is always present even if we are not conscious of it.
Our behaviors and thoughts typically follow particular patterns that either support our goals or work against us.
Perhaps you are already aware of some of the patterns that operate on autopilot most of the time.
First, lets look at your eating patterns.
Are your current eating habits working for you?
If so, then skip to the next section of exercise.
If you are unhappy with your current consumption trends, then follow the list of questions in order. (Ranked from most important and impactful ).
The idea is to focus on each area for 1-2 weeks at a time or until you have incorporated it into your daily routine automatically.
Are you eating SLOWLY with out any distractions such as the TV or phone?
The idea is to be fully present and available to your senses while you are chewing.
Now you will be more able to notice hunger and full signals more keenly.
What is your relationship with food?
Do you eat when you are bored, lonely, upset, and/or for fun to be social?
Just pay attention to when you are eating and what mood you are in.
What emotions and thoughts drive you to eat other than pure hunger signals?
Do you plan in advance what you will be having?
Having your meals and snacks prepared in advance will make being healthy much easier.
Now lets look at your activity patterns.
Is your current exercise program working for you? If so congratulations, enjoy the rest of your healthy and happy life!
If you are unhappy with your physical activity then ask yourself why
Do you look forward to exercise as a form of play?
Is it a break from your day or just another chore to ‘grind’ away on?
I remember as a kid at school looking forward for our recess break!
Still today I have that same excitement to my workouts.
Are you allowing yourself to be fully engaged or do you find yourself thinking about something else?
Being present in any activity will improve your output and lower your risk of error and/or injury.
This is why it’s important to love what you are doing, so that you will be ALL IN
Are you doing the same exercises, route, sequence every time?
Again, this will make it easier to just drift onto autopilot and start to day dream.
Mix it up enough that you continue to enjoy what you are doing and that it doesn’t become just another task on your to do list.
As you can tell, I like questions because each person’s answer is their own.
These questions mean something different to each of us.
Taking the time to honestly answer the questions above (aka being mindful) will provide you with all of the information about yourself that you will need to live a healthier life.
The final step will be leveraging your answers from above into new patterns and routines that you will thrive on.
Mark and I love and live to help people make their lives better.
If you need any help finding and/or incorporating healthier behaviors into your life, give us a shout!
About Nick Outlaw
Nick Outlaw is a Corrective Movement Specialist who is passionate about addressing clients’ imbalances and movement patterns, so they can truly enjoy life’s adventures at their best.
He’s based in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
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