We are all on a mission to get fitter, get stronger, get healthier but what does is actually mean to be healthy?
I should start by mentioning that health is NOT a one size fits all component and that your own individual ‘why’; why you workout, why you fuel your body with nutritious food, why you aim for adequate rest and so on is completely personal to you.
Health should be viewed in a holistic way, factoring in emotional, social, physical and mental wellbeing. Finding a solid balance amongst these components will help you strive towards living an all round heathier life.
What Does It Mean To Be Healthy?
Again, healthy looks different on everyone. Being healthy is about how you FEEL as opposed to just how you look. Yes, exercise is an important component of being healthy, but if you are not pairing this with a healthy diet and more importantly a healthy mind your overall health will suffer. To be healthy you must look after your body and your mind as one. Here are some good tips you can follow to ensure you are giving yourself the best chance at being healthy:
- Fuel your body with healthy, nutritious foods. Diet is so important when it comes to your health and fitness journey. Good, balanced nutrition can support the growth and repair of our muscles on our fitness journey as well as helping to prevent injury and disease. Eating healthily is something that is essential to incorporating into your everyday lifestyle. Take some time to educate yourself on healthy eating and the fuel you need to complete and recover from your workouts. There are lot’s of healthy, simple recipes focused around a balanced diet available here.
- Daily exercise. Moving your body daily is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health. We all know exercise has enormous benefits on our mental and physical health (reducing stress, weight – loss, improved sleep, boosting your mood) just to name a few. Exercise does not have to mean going to the gym every day and doing the same thing over and over. Mindfully incorporating daily movement into your routine; i.e taking the stairs, walking to work, doing some night time stretching can be hugely beneficial and can help you stay on track to meet your goals. Be mindful and listen to your body. If you are feeling low swap your high intensity workout for some yoga, pilates or take yourself on a walk. It is important to know your body and adapt accordingly. Following a programme or joining a challenge can be a great way to keep motivated. We are currently running a #28DaysLater challenge over on our FB community – have a look!
- Learn to rest. Overtraining can actually be very detrimental to your overall health. Schedule in your rest days – these are essential for ensuring your body recovers and can keep performing to an optimum level. It is also hugely important to prioritise sleep and aim for at least 7 hours per night.
- Prioritise your mental and emotional wellbeing. Health isn’t just the exterior. Being healthy comes from within. A positive attitude and a healthy mind are essential to a healthier you. Some great ways to feel more positive include expressing gratitude and practicing regular mindfulness. Take some time for you, whether that be to read a book, enjoy a long warm bath or some pamper time! Make sure you include regular self- care and self- LOVE into your routine.
Being healthy involves some time and effort dedicated to just YOU and your body. Whether this is a 20 minute niix workout in the morning or spending some time cooking a home – cooked, healthy meal. Finding mental, physical and emotional balance in your lifestyle is how you will thrive on your health and fitness journey.