By Douglas J. Price, D.C.
Most people think that being fit for life is all about exercise and nutrition. However, being fit for life also means being able to handle the stresses in life without having a fit!
Keeping the spiritual, mental and emotional flow unimpeded is just as, or even more, important than physical exercise to keep you fit. How we respond to the unanticipated dramatic events that occur in our lives, is important.
I recently read an article about a woman who went to the gym regularly, but was actually putting on more weight. In this case, we need to look at the bigger picture and see what else was going on in her life. This woman was under pressure from her boyfriend to lose weight. Going against her own free will, she reluctantly worked out relentlessly just to keep the relationship going. The result of this biological conflict is that it shuts down the hormones, glucagon, which help our bodies to burn off fat. She also developed hypoglycemia, which further disturbs the flow to be fit.
Being in denial made the situation worse for this woman. What she most likely needed most was to resolve the conflict within herself. When we can allow ourselves to observe a situation from a balanced perspective, this leaves us open to our natural flow so we can really become fit.
It is true that exercise and supplements can reduce stress, but in some cases this may only have a band-aid effect. Sublime love of life propels us to the higher realms of being, and expressing our passion for who we are allows us to become fit for life, effortlessly.