Sept 7, 2004 Volume 1 No. 18

The TOTAL You!!!

The more clients I train, the more I realize that fitness is just a small part of health. Good health encompasses good eating, proper exercise, a healthy spiritual life, making good life choices, fostering healthy relationships, proper financial management, proper stress management and positive thinking -- your contribution to the planet . So though you may go to the gym regularly... just how healthy are you? This month -- come journey with us as we explore a number of health assessments; stretch your mind and knowledge as you move towards better health!!!

Enjoy the newsletter and have a Blessed Week!!

Cathy Morenzie

It's A New Season

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

~ Alan Cohen

As the seasons change, so do the seasons of our lives. The difference for us, however is our constant battle with the changes taking place in our lives. We cannot pay lip service to the idea of change; whether or not we choose to accept it, times change, people change, we change - change happens. It's our duty to prepare and equip ourselves for every new season of our life and not just accept it, but embrace it with an open mind and a steadfast heart.

You cannot live your best life if you're waiting for someone to take you back to what used to be - those times are now behind you. Now is the time to embrace the enormous amount of possibilities that lie before you, believing that the seasons ahead will yield far more than those you've already passed through. Dare to step out in faith into this new season of your life for there is no fulfillment in living within the realms of "safety". Live your life to the fullest and enjoy the seasons ahead.

~ Nadia C. Thomas


For the Body (and Mind)

Try this lifestyle checklist to kick off the fall season in high gear.

Do you have a FANTASTIC lifestyle?

Rate yourself in each area according to your behavior and situation for the past month

F Family and Friends Do you have someone you can talk to about things that are important to you? Can you give and recieve affection?
Open up. Share your feelings with others. Hug someone you care about everyday.

A Activity Are you physically active? Do you perform regular physical activity including weight-bearing activities?
Get up and move around at least 3 times a week for to 30 min.- start with just 5 if you are inactive. Make physical activity a part of your everyday routine - dance, cycle or walk the dog.

N Nutrition Do you drink at least 8 cups of water per day?
Do you keep your intake of sugar, salt, junk foods and saturated fats to a minimum? Are you close to your ideal weight?
Try to consume foods from a variety of food groups. Make your plate as colourful as you can with lots of fruits and veggies. Practice the 80/20 rule. (80% healthy foods- 20% other treats)

T Tobacco Do you smoke? Use recreational drugs? Moderate your use of prescribed or over-the-counter drugs? Do you moderate your use of coffee and other caffeinated drinks?
Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals! Most experts agree that 300 mg. of caffeine (about the amount contained in 3 cups of coffee) is a moderate intake.

A Alcohol Do you consume more than 7 drinks per week, or more than 4 on one occasion?
Try not to consume more than 1-2 servings per day of beer (12 oz), wine(5 oz) or spirits (1.5 oz) .

S Sleep habits Do you feel well rested when you wake up?
Stress Are you able to cope with the stress in your life? Can you relax and enjoy leisure time?
Spiritual Are you plugged in to your creator?
Strive to sleep 7-9 hours every night. Manage your stress with exercise, deep breathing or other relaxation techniques. Take some time daily to pray, meditate and talk to God.

T Type of personality Are you always in a hurry or late ? Do you often feel angry or hostile?
Slow down. Learn to relax.

I Insight Are you a positive or optimistic thinker ? Do you often feel sad or depressed?
Take control, think positively. Kick depression by keeping active.

C Career Are you satisfied with your job or role?
Pace yourself at work. Delegate tasks when possible. Concentrate on the situations you can control. Don't dwell on those you can't.

Start thinking of your health as a package deal. If one area of your life is out of balance it affects your entire self. Identify the areas of your life that you want to work on and enjoy the journey!!!!

Adapted from the Canadian Cancer Society March 1986

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