Lifestyle change mechanics is the way we can start looking after that precious ‘machine’ that is our body and mind. Indeed if the body is not meant to keep going and going without proper fuel, maintenance and care – what can we do about it? Getting down to the basics of what drives body and mind is a good way to start.
It helps me to understand why a re-think of how I eat, exercise, ‘play’, and work is a good idea. It has led me to Feel Good, Be Good, and Do Good :).
Lifestyle Change Mechanics – An introduction
Our body is an amazing system that has the ability to adapt itself to its inner and outer environment – up to a point. Our body is a carefully constructed ‘machine‘ that works well for a very long time – but slows down with improper fuels. The inputs affect the outputs.
Our body affects every part of us, and the mind follows suit. The mind can at times take over, and tell our body to do things it would not have chosen. Another round of drinks, anyone?
“Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.”
Lifestyle change mechanics – Body and mind system
What is fascinating with the body and mind system is the influence one has on the other. The body impacts the mind – and vice versa. Normally a system will not work, if a part is missing, broken, worn out, or disconnected. Our body and mind system however will work – but ultimately will not work as well or run properly without our direct input and care.
When it comes to our body – by eating food, humans obtain energy and materials for body repair and growth; by breathing, humans take in the oxygen they need to live; by communicating with all parts of the body, the brain understands what is going on at different parts throughout the body; and the skeleton provides the body with structure and protection.
In the system that is our body and mind – it can be hard to believe that a system of ‘objects’ must be doing something in order to be a system, and/or that a system that loses a part of itself is still the same system. It can be difficult to recognise that a natural phenomenon (e.g., the human body) occurs by body systems working independently and together (e.g., circulatory, respiratory, nervous, digestive). We often tend to look at what an individual part does (or not) rather than by seeing the interactions between the parts of a system.
This is all why we tend to react after the fact – and go to the Doctor with a flu for example, rather than preventively eat nutritious foods, load up with vitamins and oxygen to build the body system to withstand winter colds, and flu. Of course, you can get sick – but prevention does make it easier to get over, and more resistant to actually getting sick in the first place.
In terms of the nervous system, one realises that the brain helps the body parts, but we do not always realise that the body also helps the brain. We know that nerves conduct messages, control activity, and stabilize the body. What we do not always realise is the brain’s role in controlling involuntary behavior.
When we read about lifestyle changes, we often see reference to how a particular movement, or food, will affect us positively – and we nod and agree. Do we really understand? Do we actually remember those anatomy and biology lessons about ‘The Human Body Systems’? How about a refresher?
The impact of a healthy, balanced lifestyle is such that every nerve ending, and hair follicle shines with inner and outer sparkle. As you continue to get encouraged, and motivated – this vision can spur you on.
I got really spurred on, when I realised how each part of my body and mind was made up – and what made them tick. You too can nod with real understanding and knowledge. How about that? Are you ready for your Lifestyle change mechanics 101?
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