What does body transformation mean to you? Is it freedom from pain, health, a slimmer figure, a toned and strong body, or a full transformation of how you feel about yourself?
All of these aspects can be part of transforming your body, and there are ways (such as yoga and fitness exercises) that can be instrumental in getting you to a place where you feel satisfied and content. You just start wherever you are, and take it one day at a time.
Really, we’re always transforming – always changing. The best philosophy for this is to think of yourself as already perfect, and moving into a different perfect version of yourself. Just working with accepting the now and easefully moving into the next phase of who you are. Of course, it’s always an ongoing process, and being consistent with how you take care of yourself is crucial.
The following 5 components are keys to a balanced life; one where health and happiness are cultivated through a variety of means.
5 Steps on the Path of Health:
The amount of ways yoga benefits your entire being is too numerous to actually list them all. Physically, yoga balances and helps every single system of your body. That means your circulatory, nervous, endocrine, digestive, reproductive, respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems (and any I haven’t mentioned) all really like it when you do yoga. Plus your mental and emotional health is influenced in an extraordinary way.
One of the aspects of yoga which has been studied extensively for its health benefits is meditation, which does so much to reduce stress, increase focus, and create happiness.
Yes, being active is vital for transforming your body. This is pretty obvious, but so many people struggle with having a consistent exercise program. It’s a good idea to set yourself a schedule and stick to it, so you KNOW you’re going to get your fitness groove on at least three times a week.
If you want to really transform your body, not just maintain it, you need to step up your effort, working intensely at least 5 days a week. Do activities you like, go to the gym, and keep it fresh by switching up your routine – but all the while be consistent in how often you go. Joining a class or boot camp is a great way to commit to a schedule.
The fuel you give your body dictates what it looks like, and how hard you have to work with exercise in order to get the results you desire. Eating a diet that is focused on vegetables, green leafy veggies and fruits, supplemented with other whole foods is key. If you can, stay away from animal protein as much as possible, using fresh sprouts, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds and the amino acids from vegetables to get your protein. (It’s not actually as hard to get enough protein as we’ve been led to believe on a vegetarian diet, and it is A LOT easier on most people’s bodies.)
Green smoothies are the number one thing you can add to increase the health benefits of your current diet. To make green smoothies you blend 60% fruit, 40% green leafy veggies, and pure water. For instance, banana, blueberries, kiwi and Romaine lettuce. Believe it or not, they actually taste great, and are catching on like wild fire as people discover how good they feel when they drink them.
Your body can not function well without being well hydrated. Drink purified water, and lots of it. A good idea is to drink one or two big glasses of water as soon as you wake up, and then continue drinking water throughout your day. However, try not to drink lots of liquid when you eat, as this makes digestion more difficult.
When you smile and laugh, you feel and look younger. Your body produces happy chemicals (like serotonin), and many aspects of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self balance easily.
Plus, often things that you find fun also get your body moving – like dancing, for instance. Having fun is just as important for your health as anything else, because if you take things to seriously, you’re bound to stress yourself out.
So there you have it: 5 steps on the path of self and body transformation. Set your intention so you know where you want to go, and then put these tips to use in the ever continuing process of being who you choose to be.