By Kim Watkins
To many New Yorkers, basic tenets of wellness, like weight management, nutrition, muscle strength, flexibility, and hydration, are a persistent source of stress. Much like the frenetic sense of urgency we city folk invoke to work as hard as possible, in order to achieve as much as possible, the body's best condition is pursued with an advanced level of commercialism.
No matter how expensive your gym is, how top of the line your sneakers are, and how upscale your food choices are, the ultimate in health and wellness occurs first and foremost in your mind. Once you take some time to learn about what's happening in your body, and to reel in complex wellness solutions that add stress to your life, you may begin to enjoy the idea of health.
Educating yourself doesn't have to be overly complicated, because the internal functions of the body are relatively simple. Cells, those microscopic soldiers that keep your body going want two things: nutrients and the ability to use those nutrients. Wrap your head around this idea, and you will be well on your way.
Discriminate against food products that either offer little nutritional value or contain chemicals that cells don't want. When you stick to the good stuff, you get to eat more and enjoy the value of your dining experiences. As for helping your cellular soldiers maintain the ability to use nutrients, it's simple: move more. Every single day should include some form of challenging activity.
Every single day should also include joyful activity. We live in a city that is rich with meaningful ways to stay active; get out there and enjoy it!