When it comes to food which criteria do you use when it comes to shopping? Convenience? Price? Quality?
Most people will eat food based on the taste and the price. The emotional feeling that one gets out of eating is likely put above everything else, rather than how much value or energy a food will add to the person’s health in the short and long term.
Many people live a fast-paced life short on time where their job takes priority over their health. Adding to this long hours spent sat at the desk plus many hours between eating, therefore don’t live in the moment and experience what they fuel themselves with. The crucial point here is we should look at our relationship with food and base our choices around the benefits it gives us.
If we want healthy and disease free lives a starting point is to look at valuing the health benefits and consequences of our choices. The only way we can perform to our best in absolutely everything we do is to make better choices in how we fuel and move our bodies, at least most of the time. The clear majority of people who train in the gym will try and outrun their poor diet to at least some degree, hence the reason many people lose interest in the gym, due to little or no results. Another way to look at this is to think about how many times we eat a week in comparison to how many times we partake in physical activity.
You can’t outrun a poor diet
During life, our bodies take a lot of physical stress, due to being inactive or over active. Performing the wrong exercises in the gym is common place in society due to sedentary lifestyles and jobs, causing our muscles to be out of balance.
Poor posture through hours of sitting causes the lower lumbar region to flatten over time and per research done in 1995 by a Dr. Norbert Boos 76% of people without back pain have a disc bulge in the Lumbar region. The significance here is that when we spend our days seated, often rounding the lower back in a slumped position, the discs then get pushed posteriorly towards the spinal cord. Over a period, if we continue to spend most days seated this accumulates to the micro-trauma on the discs. Additionally, a sedentary lifestyle will only weaken the muscles of the lower back further.
Similar problems for the upper back such as forward head posture is seen everywhere, whether we are sat staring at a computer screen or looking down at our phone. If you suffer from forward posture like most people then your body must work much harder as shown in the example below, energy levels will be lower due to less efficient breathing and more effort will be needed to keep you upright
When it comes to exercising, there should always be a reason for performing any given set of exercises. What’s your goal? If it is to look, move and feel better and prolong your body’s health then we must train smart. We must also eat smart; the body is made up of the foods and drinks we consume. Simply put, you cannot create a strong healthy body from a poor-quality diet. If you have always eaten foods that have NOT been grown organically, then your body must detoxify the toxins that make your muscles, tendons, ligaments and spinal discs with lower levels of nutrients from the food.
Water is vital. All processes in the human body require good quality water. The minimum to stay hydrated is 0.033 litres per kilogram of body weight, so if you weigh 50KG you will need at least 1.67 litres and quite possibly more in warmer conditions.
In summary, if you optimize your spinal stability, muscle balance, and strengthen your body to survive the day to day demands of your lifestyle, eat high quality foods, get adequate rest, then your spine will be healthier for a long time!