PP1: Live Fit, Live Free, Part 1

Overview of the Fitness Lifestyle

Health, or the pathway to health, has been overcomplicated by all the conflicting information published by “health” organizations. That is a shame, because all the confusion makes it hard for you to make solid health decisions. Well, that all ends today. Health should be easy. And living a healthy lifestyle should be simple. The goal of PP1: Live fit, Live free, is to demystify the conflicting health information. Below are the 4 principles that my family and I use to live an easy and simple lifestyle. I call it a fitness lifestyle. First, I want to give you a little background information on how I came up with these four principles.

Many moons ago, I learned a 6 dimensional model of wellness in one of my undergraduate classes. I was intrigued by the model, and I felt that it made tons of sense. However, it does require a good bit of knowledge to implement successfully. I actually found myself exploring a ton of avenues in order to be perfect at living well. Later in life, I added a seventh dimension, which complicated things even more. These seven dimensions form the foundation of the wellness model that my family and I live by, and it is the foundation of the principles that I will share with you here. However, I do not want you to become an expert in all of these aspects. I just want you to be aware that they exist. Let your health care provider become the expert.


7 Dimensional Model of Wellness

Intellectual Wellness
Physical Wellness
Emotional Wellness
Social Wellness
Spiritual Wellness
Environmental Wellness
Occupational Wellness

It took me many more years of education and experience to fill some much needed gaps between knowledge and application. In fact, I am still learning how specific parts of these dimensions impact health. PP1: Live fit, Live free, is the easy button for you. I reduced the 7 dimensional model to 4 principles, which are also action steps. I found that simplicity rules the day.

Many of my personal training clients and patients achieved their goals faster when I simplified and combined concepts. When it comes to making changes, knowledge is important, but repeatable action is the most important thing. So, I do not want to overwhelm you with knowledge here. I want to give you the basic framework that formed the basis of my fitness lifestyle. So, whenever I mention that phrase, you know that I have these seven aspects of wellness in mind. For me, the 7 dimensions are categories that I would use to measure results. For you, the 4 principles are action steps for you to get results. These action steps have improved the overall health and fitness level for my family and I. They have also helped to reduce our stress levels and medical visits. For me, it has been instrumental in living life with more purpose and job fulfillment.

Action Steps to Health | Fitness Lifestyle

Eat Clean.

The Foundation of Health. A strong mind and body comes from a healthy gut. That starts with daily nutrition from a variety of nuts & seeds, tons of vegetables, fruits, lean animal/plant proteins, and healthy fats and digestive support in the form of whole-foods supplements and essential oils.

Train Hard.

Move Better | Move More. Regular exercise strengthens the muscles and supports the cardiovascular, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. At a minimum, your training program should include dedicated time for mobility, flexibility, strength, and endurance. Incorporating essential oils into your recovery program can support joint mobility and ease feelings of tension in the body.

Use Essential Oils.

Targeted Support. Essential oils are a natural solution that you can use as your first line of defense, for getting consistent quality sleep and managing stress, and for supporting the body’s natural pathways of detoxification with natural cleaning and self-care product.

Enjoy LIfe.

Do What You Love | Love What You Do. Each of use is uniquely powerful. Finding out how you are uniquely powerful is the key to unleashing your infinite potential and your greatest joy in life. This may be the most important action step.

This concludes Part 1 of PP1: Live Fit, Live Free. In Part 2, I will invite you to put the model into practice.

EO1. The Informed Self-Care Series

Self-care is one of the most important elements for increasing health to the greatest degree. Physicians are trained to be skillful in diagnosis and the treatment of signs and symptoms. However, their decision making is based on averages and “norms”. Treatment plans are created to move abnormal findings (signs and symptoms) into a normal range. By definition, an average is a single value that represents the general significance of a set of unequal values. Those unequal values can contain extreme outliers that are far from what the norm is for you. You are the only person that experiences every second of your life. That makes you the best judge of what is normal and abnormal for you. Therefore, I encourage my clients and athletes to view health as a personal responsibility. Informed self-care is a personal commitment to take care of yourself. It can come in many forms, but medically speaking, your self-care should focus on supporting the organ systems that form your body. A good way to organize that support is by looking at the traumas, thoughts, and toxins that could damage your health (mind, body, or spirit).

As you move toward taking more responsibility for your own health, it is paramount to understand the issues that may not necessitate the immediate attention of a medical professional. This is where the daily use of essential oils really shines: as a complement to modern medicine. Essential oils can support the proper function of different body systems on a daily basis, address minor blemishes, support feelings of clear breathing, protect against environmental threats, and more.* In the following articles, learn more about the incredible benefits that can come from purposeful essential oil use.

The information in the Informed Self-care Series is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. However, it should get you started on the path to understanding how your body works and learning how to take charge of your health. The key to understanding how your body works is to know how it responds to different levels of rest, stress, exercise, and nutrition.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The Informed Self-Care Series discusses how essentials oils can be used to reduce toxic load, to improve rest & manage stress, and support exercise and healthy eating. Furthermore, it outlines the benefits, history, and uses of essential oils.

Before we dive into the details of essential oils, I would like to share my thoughts on living a healthy lifestyle. First, essential oil use should be a part of your fitness lifestyle. Like other supplements (vitamin, mineral, or sport), they are not a replacement for healthy behaviors. In the following blog, PP1: Live fit, Live free!, I outline the fitness lifestyle that my family and I follow. It has improved our overall health, fitness level, and reduced stress levels and medical visits. For me, it has been instrumental in living life with more purpose and job fulfillment. Feel free to use it.

References

1. Stephen Joel Coons PhD, William F. McGhan PharmD, PhD & J. Lyle Bootman PhD (1989) Self-Care Practices of College Students, Journal of American College Health, 37:4, 170-173, DOI: 10.1080/07448481.1989.9938411