Organizing and preparing for the new year with principles borrowed
from Feng Shui, we learn that Feng Shui organizes life into 9 basic life aspects.
This is the numerical order and to your right is the 9 aspects in a square chart format.
1) Career/Self Actualization
(2) Love and Partnership
(3) Family of Origin (the one you were born into)
(6) Helpful People
(7) Children/Creative Projects
(8) Spirituality and New Learning
I rate myself on a scale of 1 to 10 as to how content I am with each area of my life. Then I add up the points. Hey wait -- how do we get to 100%? I'm glad you asked. You get 10 extra random points just for playing along. See? Look at you, all fancy and headed for 100%.
Then I like to make notes of goals, desires, intentions for each area.
Although you can address them in numerical order, if you want to follow
along with me, I'm starting in the middle.
As you can see HEALTH is right in the middle radiating out to every other aspect of life. Every time I make time for an early workout, a dance-off or a stretch session, my life improves. Seriously.
So, for 2009, I rate my health at a "7" (bit of a dip from last year) and as we head into 2010 I am adding a 5th day to my fitness schedule. Instead of just 4 days a week, I'll be "at it" 5 days a week and I'll be looking for ways to make it a lot more fun. For me this means more variety, more fun and more ways to integrate fitness naturally into my daily life. More bike rides, more walking -- less car.
My Master's Degreed Nutritionist sister says health is 25% genetic and 75% choice. Yowsa!
What I've noticed as I've done my own informal studying of health and fitness over the last 10 years is there is no replacement for
a healthy diet and regular exercise. None. Every article and book I read
comes down to the healthy eating and regular exercise factor. Want your best bet at preventing cancer? Eat healthy & Exercise. Want to lose weight? Eat healthy & Exercise. Want to feel better? Eat healthy & Exercise. Everything. I got it, I got it...
There is no replacement for continual learning about fitness and health, learning what works for you and then implementing. If you've never consulted with a professional in nutrition and diet, I highly recommend that. My four sessions 6 years ago made a major impact in my health knowledge. Here I share my favorite free resources with you:
My first stop for free health and fitness information?
My friend and lifestyle / health expert Laura Lewis has gathered dozens of articles to lead the way: http://www.lauralewis.com/articles.htm
Favorite fun workouts for me?
S Factor The Che Way and Trapeze
Consistently Great? Discovery Channel's FitTV - -- Every possible form of fitness you can imagine. High quality, high fun. You can try a different teacher every day. Their website includes assessment tools, recipes...so many tools to make you strong and knowledgeable.
Where to keep track of it all? http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/
Easy, free way to track what you're eating and how you are doing on your exercise and fitness.
Wishing you a healthy 2010. See you soon with 2010 Preparation #3.