Last night I delivered a seminar to 45+ people about being ‘Fit, Lean and Happy’.
It was a rapid run through why when we are our happiest, it’s not generally linked to what the number said on the scales, that being lean requires more than an aerobics class once a week and ‘being fit’ is so wide and open it’s anyone’s guess what it means to you.
One of my main points of the evening was that when you aren’t feeling great and you start to think that your body or mind is breaking down your first thought maybe that you should go to the doctor.
My argument to this is that unless you can categorically say that you are doing the following four things whilst still having a problem, then you must change your ways and do these four things first.
If you still see no change then you can make an appointment for a more detailed review.
So I am delighted this morning to hear on the radio that the main health headline was:
“Doctors’ leaders have launched a major campaign to stop medics “over-treating” their patients in ways that do not help and could even harm them.”
The conditions cited as needing less medical testing and intervention were:
- Mild depression
- Mildly raised blood pressure
- Unnecessary blood tests.
In my opinion lifestyle choices are almost certainly the cause of most health problems.
Sort those out first and you’re onto a winning strategy of improved health, energy, weight management and feelings of well-being.
The article continues with a quote from Prof Dame Sue Bailey, a leading psychiatrist, she says that “many patients with mild depression could instead be offered group exercise classes or talking therapies first.”
That’s a Fit Camp session all in one bundle – and I am not being flippant. Time and again Fit Campers tell me how much happier they feel just for coming and meeting like-minded people who don’t question what they’re eating, don’t question why they exercise 3 times a week but also encourage and support them every step of the way.
They love the feeling of being more in control and able to cope with all that life throws at them.
What are my four key steps to check off before you go to the GP?
- Stop eating processed and beige foods.
- Change the look of your plate to a colourful one.
- Move every day (walk, run, swim, cycle, etc.)
- Develop a regular sleep habit.
Do those things for two weeks and see how you feel.
And if you need the help, support and accountability of doing it with other people, drop us a line and try us out at Fit Camp for free for one week without obligation.
I guarantee that you will feel better than you did when you started.