Wealthy Health-Wise

keeping it small & simple

Don’t Turn Your Friends into Foes May 20, 2010

Filed under: Health — Kazi @ 2:54 pm
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Something I encounter frequently, when inviting prospective clients to participate in a group training session or complimentary private session, is the old “I’m going to get my husband, girlfriend, cousin, boss, etc. to come do it with me. These people rarely seize the opportunity to get started on their health and fitness quest.

I am the first to advocate starting a health and fitness regimen with a partner or group of friends. Social support is an effective tool in ensuring adherence to you wellness program. But to delay the initiation of your goals, until you can get someone you know to join you, is nothing less than self-sabotage.

If you are serious about adopting a healthier lifestyle, joining a gym, starting a nutrition program, or taking steps to achieve any goal for that matter. Do not make getting a friend on board a pre-requisite to you getting started.  In fact, the exact opposite is the most effective.

When your friends and family see the progress you are making, physically, psycho-emotionally and spiritually via your quest, they will be begging you to share your secrets with them.  You will not have to sell the idea to them.  They will demand to be included.

Now you have an opportunity to share your blessings with those you love and hold dear. You can be the catalyst that transforms a friend, family or entire community by becoming the pudding, in which is found the proof.

We all have a leader inside of us, waiting to Rise and Shine.  Don’t bury your light under a bushel basket. Lead by example, then invite others to follow the trail you’ve blazed to a gold mine of healthy wisdom.

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Turn Your House Into a Home May 11, 2010

Filed under: Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 5:00 pm
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There are six key components to my KISS (keep it small and simple) healthy living philosophy. I have come up with this KISS analogy to make it easy to remember (that is if you care to remember).

Imagine your wellness lifestyle as a house. An average house, single family, one maybe two bedrooms, there are some common things you will find in the layout.

We enter on the first floor to find three main rooms- living room, dining room and kitchen. Beginning with the kitchen and dining rooms. This is where the family prepares and consumes nutriment.  The kitchen is a central area to any home.

Anciently, many cultures designed there living spaces around the meal prep. and cooking area called the hearth.

The hearth was the floor of the fireplace, usually made of stone or brick. The word hearth eventually became synonymous with house, home family.

The hearth was the first multi-purpose space. It was dining area, family room and guest/living room. This demonstrates the importance of diet and social support in the lives of human beings.

On the second floor, in a small house you will find the bedroom(s) and toilet/bathroom. The bedroom is where for the most part we sleep.

Sleep is one of the most overlooked healing elixirs at out disposal. Sleep is the repairer and restorer.

It is my belief that you should not have a TV in your bedroom and most certainly not go to sleep with the TV left on.

This is an invasion of your psychic privacy of the worst kind.

When you are asleep, you can still hear, you just can’t listen.  The conscious mind is the one that sleeps. It is the conscious mind (when functional) that screens, categorizes and files cultural data (words, stories,etc.).

When you sleep with the TV running in the background, you open yourself up to psychic intrusion. Your dreams are an open door to any and all messages; positive and negative.

The toilet is the central space for physical hygiene.  Many in the medical profession contend that medical technology is the root cause of life extension and public health in the 20the century.

But any medical anthropologist worth her salt, knows that the health and improved life expectancy of the western population improved exponentially with the advent of universal indoor plumbing, the toothbrush, public sanitation and the embrace of the idea that “cleanliness is next to godliness.”

The attic’ the highest space in the house, is where we store the things we don’t necessarily use daily, but would like to have access to them when the need arises. Much of it’s contents has been accumulated over a long period of time. And many things being held onto their, have long outlived there usefulness. I like to connect the idea of the attic to our mindset.

Our headset or belief system holds a high position in our hierarchy of values. This is the crossroads of the healing journey. When we are unable to get rid of the head trash that keeps us stuck in a non productive, de-evolutionary, diseased death-style holding pattern. We will be at the mercy of home invasion by the local riff raff: virus, germs, toxic foods, pollution, stress and the like.

If you truly want to attain and maintain a life of health, wealth and wisdom. Clean out your attic.

Lastly, the basement of the house, in addition to housing the laundry room and  core infrastructure, is where many home owners have their recreational space.  In a small house, the home gym is usually found in the basement.  Cool in the summer and not too warm in the winter. The concrete walls of an unfinished basement has the gritty, non-frills feel of a grunt gym.  This is the the space where we get our workout – in.

So, the six elixirs of Therapeutic  Lifestyle Alchemy are: Sleep, Hygiene, Exercise, Diet, Social Support and Mindset.  These are all aspects of our lives that are under our control. No rocket science required.

Get sufficient sleep. Pay attention to your hygiene (the rest of us will appreciate that also). Get moving. Eat whole foods. Share your life with, support and solicit help from family, friends and community. Periodically reassess your beliefs, values and idea of self.

These are the keys to transforming base metals (house) into gold (a home).


Dingman’s Falls HikeSaturday May 15

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There is more than one way to skim the fat. April 29, 2010

Filed under: Fitness,Health — Kazi @ 4:59 pm
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Whenever I hear a fitness professional, insisting that success in reaching health and fitness goals is based on the ability to force oneself to do the things necessary to achieve those goals, I get a little peeved.

Pushing the idea that will power is the be all and end all
to making changes in one’s life that make dreams come true,
can be the death of any chance at success
for at least seventy five percent of the general population.

Everyone is not a type A, Alpha female, self motivated, go getter. These are just the facts on the ground. Non-constructive criticism doesn’t help someone struggling with sticking to a workout schedule or diet. It just reminds them of past failures and creates doubts about their ability to be successful in the present. 

The latest research in the field of motivation confirms
the position that positive reinforcement is more effective and long lasting than negative reinforcement.

So why do some professionals still cling to this philosophy?

I think most are just ill informed. Some use their own character as a baseline for how everyone else should respond to difficulty. This tunnel vision doesn’t allow them to consider other possibilities, nor resource alternative  methods for motivating clients.

A model I have found to work wonders for those struggling
with making life changes are Group Fitness classes.

Group fitness when done properly can serve as a social support to the individual members of the class. In the boot camps that I run, I’ve witness members organically form friendships that extend beyond boot camp. 

Group members motivate each other by:

  • encouraging each other to push harder
  • being a reminder of why you joined the class when doubts arise
  • assisting each other with challenges that could interrupt attendance
  • sharing information like recipes, amateur sports events, discounts on equipment, local restaurants to get healthy meals, etc.
  • celebrating milestones in there wellness journey together
  • car pooling to boot camp sessions

Our motto  at BodyFit Boot Camp – Branch Brook Park:
“It’s easy to quit when no one is expecting you to show up.
It’s impossible to quit when everyone is cheering
when you show up.”


Showing up for your own goals and dreams is 80% of success.

Being part of a supportive group increases your motivation to show up. Showing up is keeping your word to yourself. The power you derive from this simple action becomes the seed for the manifestation of dreams in every aspect of you life.

Let’s show up for our dreams, for ourselves

and for our kindred spirits support group members.

Show up and show each other the way. 

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Tuesday May 4 is the Official Jump Off

 

BodyFit Boot Camp – Branch Brook Park

Mornings: Tuesday, Thursday 6 AM – Saturdays 7 AM

Evenings:  Tuesday, Thursday 7 PM – Saturdays 7 AM

Warning:

Side effects of boot camp may include: weight loss, muscle tone, increased energy, libido and cat calls.

In essence, a boot camp is the “I’m finally sick and tired of being sick and tired workout. It’s the “I’m serious about transforming my coach potato body into a sleek, tasty sweet potato fry workout.” The BodyFit Boot Camp pits you against your doubts, procrastination and denial in a no holds barred, knock down, drag out conflict for the title of:

“BOSS OF ME”

See you at boot camp. 

 

PS. Tai Chi Kung beginning May 8 at Branch Brook Park.
Free Pre-Boot Camp continues Saturday. 1 sessions remaining.

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