Your best version… how do you find that balance? Healthy living isn’t about eliminating all of the foods you love or pushing your body to unhealthy limits. It’s about finding a balance between the physical, emotional, nutritional, and motivational elements in your life. Everybody needs balance and everybody needs flexibility to ensure they live a happier, healthier life and enable them to be their best version. Take a wholeness approach by looking at the 4 pilars to wellness: NUTRITION, ACTIVITY, REST AND ATTITUDE.
- Nutrition: According to the Health Survey for England, successful weight loss and weight maintenance is based on establishing a healthy relationship with food based on balanced choices along with portion control and regular physical activity. With the proper nutrition, your body will function at its best, giving you more stamina and energy for the things you want to do.
- Activity: Regular physical activity, even in small amounts, can give you more energy and help you feel more alert. Exercise has been shown to improve cardiovascular function and reduce your risk of certain health conditions. It’s an important pillar to make time for, especially with a busy lifestyle.
- Rest: A good night’s sleep can make all the difference in how good you feel. Try to go to sleep at a consistent time each day that will allow you to wake up naturally, without an alarm. Avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed. Your body will function at its best when you provide it with adequate time to rest and restore every day.
- Attitude: Many people don’t realise it, but your emotional responses can affect your physiological function. Try to minimise stress as much as possible and have a positive attitude in whatever you’re doing. These are key points when it comes to creating and sustaining a healthy lifestyle for the long term. Remind yourself that even small behavioural changes can produce big improvements in how you think and feel.A healthy lifestyle is meant to give your mind and body the physical and mental assets to live your life to the fullest. Even if you don’t see overnight results from the changes that you are making, know that over time, the results
will appear, but more importantly, you will feel better — both physically and emotionally — when you commit to trying to become your best version.