One of the most important things I have come to realize in life is consciousness. In all that we do. When you begin to be conscious in all that you do, you naturally shed habits such as over eating, laziness and a general depressed state.
One of my favorite things about traveling is it throws a big wrench into your habitual lifestyle. Sometimes for the better, it can be frustrating for those of us who have developed a healthy workout schedule and lifestyle in their home environments. But being on the road doesn’t mean you have to out your health to the side, it just means you have to go about it differently.
For or me one of the most important factors is being conscious. It’s a bit easier said than done, but if we bring consciousness into our daily routine, we are likely to begin to naturally get rid of old bad habits such as over eating and depression. One of my favorite exercises, easily done anywhere is what I call checking in. When I begin to feel overwhelmed with a new place, situation or life in general, I close my eyes and take a deep breath and ask my mind to slow down enough to listen to what my body is saying. It takes only a few minutes, and I often realize that my body tells me what it needs if I give it the chance to speak.
One if the habits this method has helped me break is over eating. I am the queen of snacks, and always have them with me readily available. Sometimes it’s good, but other times I find myself reaching into my bag of goodies just because I am in a stressful situation, or somewhere where I can not control my surroundings. Instead of grabbing for the snack if I take a moment To ask myself why I am eating, or what my body really needs, I often find that in reaching for the snack not for caloric nourishment but more for emotional comfort.
this can also be applied to working out. Many people force themselves to the gym because the doctor had told them it’s necessary. These people are often the same ones who experience injury. Perhaps you have no choice, and must go to the gym and do your regular routine… Understandable but try and do it with a conscious mentality. I promise to you that you will notice more results if you listen to your body not your mind. It will create new challenges for yourself as well as a new level of understanding for your body, the most important tool you have on this earth.
So I challenge you, the next time you are going for seconds at the dinner table while watching TV and texting or forcing yourself to go to the gym to do your unconscious workout, to take a second and ask your body if it is what I really needs. If you begin to listen, perhaps you will begin to hear your body telling you to eat new foods or try new types of workouts… It’s always talking we are just not paying much attention to listening.