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Some people jump on diets where they limit calories to the extreme, eat huge amounts of protein or juice cleanse while others become obsessive and overtrain until exhaustion. Is this healthy? Generally speaking, absolutely not. And yet, all too often it’s what we are told we should aspire to.
The thing is that when it comes to health, if we zoom out and look at the bigger picture it’s actually quite simple. Health is primarily about our environment, both internal and external. Are your hormones balanced? Are you eating nourishing food? Are you mindlessly over-eating? Are you active everyday? Do you sleep well? Are your bones strong and your body mobile? Are you in a positive mental space? Do you feel connected and supported in your community? This is health.
By addressing these broader health concepts, and moving away from the nitty-gritty, you will become the healthy shape you are meant to be. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Complete well-being. Now that is the ultimate healthy living goal. And while it is by no means something you can achieve overnight, it is something worth working towards.
So with this in mind, let’s run through 9 basic shifts that you can put into practice now and begin working towards true health.
1. Be active everyday.
Make movement an integral part of your day.
2. Practice mobility.
Mobility directly relates to our ability to move through the full range of movement.
3. Eat nourishing foods.
Studies show that a daily meditation practice positively influences relationships, promotes happiness, improves concentration and reduces anxiety.
5. Practice gratitude
Gratitude enhances mental and physical health by strengthening the immune system, releasing endorphins, boosting happiness and ability to cope with stress while improving sleep quality.
6. Spend time outdoors
Increasing the amount of time you spend in fresh air and natural light is shown to positively affect mental health, improve sleep quality and connectedness within communities.
7. Start a hobby
8. Share a meal
9. Offer Help
Helping others positively affects the way we feel about ourselves. This is a real win-win.
To be healthy is to live a life that supports your complete well-being.
Move away from guilt-driven fads and towards positive action. Yo-yoing between diets, quick-fix workouts & fatigue is exhausting and not worth your time.
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