Moderation

Society and the media bombard us daily hyping a new, better exercise program or the latest recommendation on how to eat or diet healthy. Working in the fitness field, I'm seeing recreational athletes using extreme workout formats because they believe it will make them healthy. I've been asked about diets that are trending or if I believe in body cleansing programs. These extreme beliefs are why I am writing about moderation.  My perspective on all this is that we need to strike a balance in life to be healthy. Moderation is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, as avoiding extremes of behavior or expression: observing reasonable limits. So, why do you exercise?  Why do you try new diets? Why do you think obsessively about these things? I think that most of us will answer these questions very simply by stating, “I want to be healthy and live a long life.” However, to live healthier, we must make lifestyle changes and avoid getting caught up in trends—enter moderation. Moderation means that we exercise our bodies most days of the week with a combination of cardio vascular, strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance training. Moderation means that we eat healthy 80 percent of the time and use portion control when choosing less healthy alternatives. Moderation means that we must also learn to manage our thoughts, because false thoughts bring on obsessive thinking and obsessive behavior. Whether it relates to exercise, eating, or how we think, first we must “let go” of extremes and start practicing moderation to achieve optimal physical and mental health.