|Posted on May 7, 2018 at 10:50 AM|
IMPORTANCE OF INTERNAL HEALTH
Often, when we think about fitness, we don’t look inward. We keep focused on the outside changes that are happening with our bodies and we pay little attention to what is happening inside us.
Internal health is extremely important as well as measurable. Sometimes, the internal changes are even more measurable than the external changes and can sometimes happen quicker than the outside changes.
Let’s look at a few key systems inside the body that help keep us up and running:
- Circulatory System
- Lymphatic System
- Digestive System
- Respiratory System
When these systems are not functioning properly, one may notice quite a few issues:
- Digestive problems (constipation, IBS, diarrhea...)
- Dull memory and brain fog
- Frequent exhaustion
- Cold Extremities
- Skin discoloration / dark circles under eyes
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Increased colds and flues... just to name a few.
Feeling even a couple of these symptoms could really make for a rough week, let alone a regular lifestyle. Starting and sticking with an active lifestyle does help keep the body healthy and moving!
There are quite a few things we can do such as exercising and eating a healthy balanced diet in order to keep the internal (and external) body healthy and happy.
Focusing on circulatory health, we can eat a diet rich in iron, avoid fried foods and excess sugar.
The lymphatic system doesn’t move on its own, so we must move it!
This system defends the body against pathogenic viruses that may endanger the body. Keeping up with a fitness routine is going to be very helpful so try introducing a yoga or Pilates class to your workout routine.
Also, eating an anti-inflammatory diet has been shown to help improve the lymphatic system. Get the body to an alkaline level by eating fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy fats as well as foods high in antioxidants (cranberries, raspberries, cherries, beets… ) and make sure to keep the body well-hydrated.
Feeling bogged down with a slow digestive system is no good. To make sure that your elimination organs are firing properly, keep your fiber up and manage your stress levels!
Speaking of stress levels… working with breathing techniques is a big hitter when working on improving your respiratory system (yet another reason to check out a yoga or even a spin class). If you are suffering from high blood pressure or have chronic allergies, working to build your respiratory system will do nothing but help you!
As these major systems in the body improve, you may see your strength and endurance increase as well as continuing body composition changes.
Understand that if you are new to fitness, it sometimes takes a little while for your systems to adjust to the changes. The added stress on the body may cause you to get a little sick or just not feel great as it could be quite a shock to your system. So ease into your life-style change.
Honor your body. Rest when you need to rest but keep pushing through and know that after you get through the initial discomfort your body will improve.
If you have been working toward a goal for quite a while and you’re not seeing the results you are looking for or you’re not feeling like your systems are working the way that they should, please speak with a trainer for some tips.
Trainers can help you find your path to a healthy internal AND external life!
Certified Personal Traininer & Nutritionist
Monticello Fitness Evolution