If you have read the About Me, you will have noticed that my life has always been related to physical activity and sports since before I had my hair ‘mop’.
I think that like you, I do not make money practicing any sport. I do not train 25 hours a week to achieve results that make me a world champion.
Supporting that, in many cases, elite and amateur athletes also need holistic health … I will focus on you. In your health.
Unfortunately, modern life is turning off our coherence as a species.
Something fails when the majority of Western society is more comfortable than ever, and even then, in recent years the use of antidepressants has increased in Western countries ( detail ).
The American Psychiatric Association conducted a survey ( detail ) ( detail ) to more than 1,000 adults in the United States and obtained as a result that people between 20 and 37 years were the most anxious in general terms.
Of course, sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity cause diseases to appear, such as type II diabetes, hypertension or chronic pain. These are just some of the diseases that occur due to inconsistencies in lifestyle.
Obviously, depression, stress and lack of movement are mutually related. Just as having holistic health creates a mutual reinforcement, bad habits can lead us to a vicious circle of:
A depressed spirit leads to physical apathy and more sedentary behavior, which results in more depression and physical discomfort.
The movement and have a consistent lifestyle habit will be your best medicine to reduce or avoid these problems.
But, the truth is that it is never as easy as saying: “just do this.” Sometimes, for some people, a simple solution may be effective, for many others, that same solution may be the beginning of an ordeal with your body.
In most cases, a simple solution is bound to fail. Therefore, this blog is aimed at you.
To you, who want to learn, progress and have holistic health that you were never taught in physical education. And that, if you had been taught, you would probably know how to avoid stress, anxiety and sedentary lifestyle.
What is holistic health?
The word holistic is not in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy. It comes from the Greek “holos / n”: everything, whole, total, complete, and is often used as a synonym for “integral”.
Holistic means then to consider the person in all their dimensions, that is, in the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual dimension.
Therefore, from RMove Training I propose, humbly, that a holistic perspective will help you achieve the health of the 21st century.
In the 5 pillars that I propose, there are three keys: movement, nutrition, and mentality.
But are these three pillars essential to make the world stronger and more useful?
In many cases, yes, to heal individual people; but no, to heal an increasingly sick society.
To have comprehensive health we must work with patience these three pillars, but we must also have a broader perspective analyzing some points:
Different movements for multiple purposes
Understand the mind and be prepared for failure
Sunlight, dopamine, and serotonin
Melatonin and rest
Knowing how to say NO to your social environment
Stress and contact with nature
I advise you to specialize in the art of being a generalist.
Focus on mastering the basics: walking, running, jumping, crawling, climbing, balancing, lifting, defending, swimming and playing again.
After that, you have to inject a little bit of novelty and complexity into the movement.
The era of technology has significantly reduced the frequency of movements that alter posture and severity, compared to the generations before us who practiced these basic concepts every day of their lives.
Sitting on gym machines do not help develop these basic concepts. And I’m not saying that you change your hobbies to go to the gym, run or ride a bike (these are also my hobbies), but to complement your training sessions with another type of movement more complex for the nervous system.
“Those who talk about nutrition do not know, and those who know do not speak” (Jean Meyer)
The most obvious and the most complex pillar.
Nutrition as a science is relatively young. It has little more than two centuries of existence. Science, by the way, that goes at full speed. Apart, it is very heterogeneous. The science of nutrition is integrated by different fields of knowledge, such as physiology and biochemistry, including medicine, chemistry, agriculture, food technology, animal husbandry, economics, and anthropology.
If you have made any diet, you will know that always, for some guru, there is one better than another or better food than another.
The proportions of macronutrients and the choice of foods are a good starting point. Although advances in science are showing us that there are many more factors to consider when considering foods as medicines.
For example, a high-stress lifestyle, more ultra-processed food, may not be good business for your body in the medium and long term.
As in history or in the movement, we must investigate the past to understand with what food we will achieve the health of the 21st century.
Why do you have to have the patience to change your body?
Because you have to change behaviors that carry with you a lifetime. Start acting and think less. The only way to change is to take action. Surely you know because in other aspects of life you know that without working, that is, without action, there are no results. Take it to your health, surely it is the most important thing for you.
But you do not have to trust my word. I invite you to leave the responsibility of improving your health for another time. We will talk again in a few years.
And do not worry about the things you can not change. They will take away energy and time.
Will you get frustrated and go back to the past? Many times. Are you ready to overcome that frustration and make a mistake again? If you’re not, get ready for it.
Why is rest so important in the health of the 21st century?
Because more and more we are in artificial environments. Our body, today, does not differentiate between day and night. More in Scotland, where most of the day you spend indoors with light and artificial heating.
You will have heard about dopamine, serotonin, and thyroxine. We will talk in future publications about them and how they affect our health.
Dopamine regulates aspects such as behavior, motor activity, motivation or mood
Thyroxine is generated in the thyroid gland, that is, regulates all metabolic processes.
All of them are synthesized in tune with the solar light cycle.
At night, other hormones such as melatonin, known as the sleep hormone, are secreted. It helps activate the brain to clean cellular debris from diurnal activity.
Having an interrupted sleep cycle will lead to possible chronic fatigue in the medium to long term. And with fatigue, it becomes very difficult to be constant with any activity.
Begin to take responsibility for the four pillars of health that depend on you (movement, nutrition, mentality and rest ), will help you to face a stressful environment that is not dependent on you and that increasingly, is inconsistent with our evolution.
We will talk about this in future posts because my time sitting typing on the computer, with ten open tabs of over information, lets me see that my environment is surpassing me.