The Five Fundamentals of Good Health and Wellbeing

By Kathy McCready

Have you ever considered what the 5 fundamentals of good health and well-being are?

And if you really thought about them and focused in on those 5 important to-dos how might they change how you feel and live your life? Before the New Year gets here and we all begin to make our New Year’s resolutions, let’s make it simple. Let’s look at them, discuss them, and then put them into action.

Here are the five fundamentals from a holistic perspective:

Nutrition, Exercise, Supplementation, Flexibility, and Meditation/Rest/Sleep

Would you think nutrition would be on top of the list? Remember that good old saying, “You are what you eat”? In the U.S. News & World Report December 2010 issue, the lead article suggested trying a new twist on the Atkins or Paleo Diets. Instead of consuming meat based protein, try plant-based meals that are high in fiber and complex carbs. Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian, calls the bean the “glory child” of plant-based protein. Blatner offers cooks this rule of thumb: a quarter cup of beans of any kind –white, black, pinto, garbanzo—has the same amount of protein as 1 ounce of meat. Cardiologist Dean Ornish, the physician consultant to President Clinton since 1993 says nuts, seeds, high protein brussel sprouts, and grains like quinoia, millet, brown rice and lentils are all good sources of plant-based protein. Larry Heisler, M.A., LMT, former director of nutrition at the Parsippany Medical Complex and our Nutrition Educator for Providence! believes a plant-based diet is crucial for a long and happy life.

Exercise is #2 on the list? Yes! How many times do you see the same people at the gym running out of control on the treadmills or elliptical machines and still wear 10 or 20 pounds of fat around their waist. Yes, exercise is absolutely important, but if you don’t watch what you eat, sometimes you are defeating your efforts. Also, doing the same aerobic activity day in day out allows the body to easily plateau thus you see results more gradually. Try alternating your workout. Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness offers different ways of keeping the body healthy and in top shape. We offer the Xtend Barre® Workout, an exclusive in our area. Xtend Barre® is Pilates and Dance Amplified. And no, you do not have to be a dancer to take this program. It fits all levels of fitness and all age groups. Come see your body change overnight. Add a little Lean, a safe low-impact movement class also offered at Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness and you have a complete workout program designed to chisel the body and strengthen your cardiovascular system.

Supplementation is #3. How many times have you stood in a health food store looking at vitamins from A to Z and walked away frustrated and confused not knowing what to take or how much to take? We at Providence! are planning our nutrition workshop and class schedule along with one on one consultations to answer your questions in a clear and concise manner with the latest cutting edge information and products.

Flexibity is #4. You can’t go anywhere these days without seeing an article written on the benefits of yoga. Yoga empowers the mind while stretching and lengthening the entire body. Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness offers Hot Vinyasa Yoga. Vinyasa is an active strengthening yoga which flows and moves from one posture to another embracing breath as the link between body, mind, and heart. Oh! And how about a massage to help break up the hardness in the body and help increase range of movement and motion. We have an elite team of massage therapists ready to assist your body to heal and become more pliable.

Meditation/Rest/Sleep is #5. Also mentioned in the U.S. News & World Report is the gentle 2,000-year-old Chinese practice of Tai Chi often described as “meditation in motion.” Chenchen Wang, associate professor of medicine at Tufts University analyzed 40 studies on Tai Chi and found that it did indeed promote balance, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and strength. Benefit was also found for pain, stress, and anxiety in healthy subjects. Contact us to learn and experience the benefits of meditation. When you go home take note of how easily you are able to fall asleep and how rested you feel when you wake up. JOIN US THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH NEW MONTH from 8 to 10 pm for Larry Heisler’s extraordinary FREE Meditation Circle.

So…Nutrition, Exercise, Supplementation, Flexibility, and Meditation are all fundamentals of good health and well-being. Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness is a center truly dedicated to inspire and teach everyone these fundamentals. After reading this article, I conclude that the proper question to ask yourself may not be why should you come to Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness but why not. To learn more about all the classes and services offered at Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness, please feel free to call (908) 898 0008, or stop by 18 South Street in downtown New Providence, NJ and pick up our schedules.

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