So I probably should have written a blog post about a month ago, but life got busy. Sorry.
For those of you that don’t know, I (Dr. Ball) moved up to Sudbury to take over an awesome chiropractic practice and to bring the message of wellness to the masses up in Northern Ontario. For those of you that may be new to my site, Wellness is the ability of your body to express and maintain ever increasing levels of health – you just need to provide the right input stimulus. But what is the right stimulus?
The right stimulus means having access to an appropriate range of motion (having your spine checked out by a good quality Chiropractor, Physio, Massage therapist and whoever else you feel you should consult with), moving your body in intelligent ways (intelligently programmed CrossFit, MovNat, and the occasional other well programmed Strength and Conditioning facility). Why does this matter? Because movement charges your brains battery. I like this great example I heard from Dr. James Chestnut; If you spend your day sitting around eating food and watching TV – are you energized? Or are you tired? Conversely, if you get up off the couch and go for a walk outside or do a little exercise, expending energy, do you feel more tired? Or do you feel energized? How does that make sense? It makes sense because the movement of your body activates nerves, moves blood and as many great Chiropractors like to say, “turns the lights on”. Movement isn’t the whole story though…
Another very important ingredient to the environment you provide your body is your diet. You need to provide your body with highly nutritious foods (meats, vegetables, fruits, and good quality fats), and avoid those foods that are setting you back. I’m sorry to say it, but there are foods that are less good for you, and foods that are more good for you, it’s as simple as that. And unfortunately the USDA and most nutrition and diet “experts” don’t know this yet either, which makes me sad AND makes for conflicting nutrition advice that makes a reader like yourself want to say, “oh shut up, none of you know what you’re talking about – everything in moderation”. I’ll resort to another great quote to counter the “moderation” dogma, “everything in moderation works so long as you only want a moderate level of health”. And finally, the MOST important input to your success as a student of health (which we all are)…
Your mental health is the most important part of your internal environment. De-stressing or finding practices that help you relieve your stress levels (breathing techniques, yoga, tai chi, etc.) are great ways to manage your internal environment. If you don’t believe in yourself, it will help if someone else does, but ultimately YOU will decide your outcome. Finding happiness and contentment is a daily practice and everyone has good days and bad. Setting goals, spending time doing things you love, moving your body and eating well (those sound familiar) will all support a positive internal environment.
So for those of you that don’t know me – that’s what I’m about. For those of you that do, it’s a nice reminder. Set goals, set the micro-goals that lead to those goals. How important are those goals to you? If they’re important they’ll dictate how strictly you adhere to the guidelines that you know will lead to the achievement of your goal. Slow progress is sometimes “easier” than quick progress. Set the path and follow it closely.
Cheers Folks! And to my Element and CFM friends, Miss you guys!
Dr. Adam Ball