10 of my Favourite Health Promoting Places

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THE COMPLEXITY OF HEALTH

In my very first post here at Health Room, I talked about the complexity of human health. How it’s a bit of a mystery, built up of many interacting components that we don’t quite understand, all gelling together somehow.

And no matter how hard we try with our reductionist mindset to break down, analyse and optimize these components; we’ll never quite be able to completely figure out the big picture. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, so to speak.

Despite this little paradox we find ourselves in, I think we still owe it to ourselves to keep learning, keep developing our understanding, and keep striving for better health – whatever that is.

I’ve consciously been on this health journey for a while now, and although I’m far from having all of the answers, I’ve been lucky enough to come across some places that I believe have directed me closer towards a much healthier existence. I don’t use all of them still, but they have all played their role to some extent in creating who I am.

I thought I’d share them with you today.

MY FAVOURITE HEALTH PROMOTING PLACES

1. The Chiropractic Bench

Chiropractic will play a massive role in the future of health care and preventative medicine. You heard it here.

When people hear the word chiropractic, they typically think of neck cracking and back clicking. But done right, it is so much more than that. I can’t even begin to describe the impact it has had on my life (but I will try in a blog post in a few weeks time).

A chiropractic adjustment removes interferences in the nervous system, turning on your body’s innate ability to heal itself. Headaches, gastro-intestinal problems, stress, anxiety, joint pain – these are just some of the conditions it can significantly help with. Quite simply, none of your bodily systems can function properly if your nervous system is not in check.

I’m currently being treated at Cardiff Bay Chiropractic here in South Wales by Dr. Ben Mathew, and have never felt like I’m on the right path like this before. I’d seriously recommend popping by the clinic if you live in the area, or even if you live further a field. The guys at ML chiropractic in London do a great job too, and I’ve learnt lot from Dr. Barny Lucas during my time there.

2. The Grocery Isles

These days, majority of supermarket shelves are lined with processed foods. The things that come in packets, with lots of nasty stuff added to them… I tend to stay away from those aisles, and instead choose to linger around the bananas and sweet potatoes.

The fresh produce isles have played a big part in my overall health. Fruits and veg make up the biggest part of my diet in terms of volume, and I think this is one of the keys to lasting wellness.

3. The Mats

Martial arts are a big part of my life. I’m definitely no expert, but when I’m rolling in Jiu Jitsu or practising Muay Thai, I’m mindful, free, and present. It just feels right. It’s rare to finish a session without feeling invigorated and alive.

Whether it’s at Carlson Gracie Academy in London, or simply with friends on the mats out the back garden; I’m grateful for all the important life lessons the martial arts have taught me.

4. The Football Field

Although it seems like another life, football was for a long time my main focus. Like martial arts, when you’re playing football you’re residing in the present moment, not worrying about the other things going on in your life.

Football gave me a strong sense of belonging and worth. There’s something quite special about battling week in week out with your friends along side you. It creates strong, lifelong friendships.

Whether it was due to over training, other commitments or the politics; for some reason football died down. I stopped playing. But It will always hold a big place in my heart, and I don’t think I’m done with it quite yet…

5. The Training Area

I use to strength train in the gym quite frequently; but lately have made more a switch to gymnastic style bodyweight training. I still use home barbells for deadlifts and squatting, but I no longer have the need for an expensive gym membership.

Nonetheless, in the gym or out, my fitness training has always played a big part in my health. Aside from the physical benefits, it has helped me develop mental strength. It has also taught me how to work hard and persevere, and that setbacks are inevitable on the road to success.

It’s amazing what you can learn from a little bit of iron, some gymnastic rings and your own bodyweight… I’m continually discovering and trying new things, new techniques, new methods – it never get’s old.

6. Nature

I talked about escaping to nature in my last post, and the many reasons I choose to on a regular basis.

I’m lucky to live close to the Welsh mountains, and not really that far from some pretty nice beaches too. Nature’s playgrounds give the perfect setting to go back to our primal movement patterns. There’s nothing quite as freeing as running across the sand or climbing the rocks.

The natural environments also provide a welcome break from the modern hustle and bustle; giving me the opportunity to think, de-stress, reflect, create, breath, regenerate, smile and go slow.

7. My Home

Last but certainly not least, the Health Room base – my own home. I’m lucky enough to have access to health promoting food, an internet connection, a floor to meditate on, a bed to sleep in, and a nice little training area where I can lose myself in a workout.

Much more than all of that (and anything else I mentioned previously), I’m surrounded by a loving family and great friends. Their love and support means the world to me, and forms that solid foundation needed for lasting health. Without them I would not be where I am today.

WRAP UP

Billions of people around the world don’t even have access to the basics – shelter, food and clean water.

For that reason I feel extremely grateful and privileged for the experiences and opportunities I have had. My hope is that in the future these things will become more accessible, so that as many people as possible can reach their full health potential

What are you grateful for? What places have taken you closer to fulfilling your health potential?


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Luke Jones

Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

2 Responses to “10 of my Favourite Health Promoting Places

  • rachael
    4 years ago

    What a lovely post. I totally agree with you. Chiropractic has helped me so much and my dr is fab.

    have you tried reiki? I learned level 1 and it made me feel more balanced. Ive not picked it up for a while now, but like your football, its always there ready for me. .. the universe is a wonderful thing 🙂
    Stay healthy!

    • Thank you Rachael, that really means a lot!

      Yep, chiropractic is so powerful, and I really think it will play a massive role in the future. Glad it has helped you!

      I’ve never tried reiki, but it sounds very interesting! I will take a look, thanks!

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