There is a huge push to make the country, on the whole, more healthy. It’s everywhere you turn from advertising, TV and radio to what people meet and do socially around work hours.
Although, around 1 in 3 (34%) of men and 1 in 2 (42%) of women are not active enough for good health. Men are more likely to report being active at the recommended level than women and physical activity varies with age and life stage. People tend to get less active with age, especially in the older years, according to GOV.UK.
But for good reason, living your best life involves juggling health, wealth and happiness. It’s something that most individuals, including you and me, say that they are shooting for.
But what does optimal health look like and how can we all achieve this. It's part of the human condition that we all do things that can be counter-productive to something we really value.
It is a good question for us to ask, and as always, a chance for us to look at the practical ways you can achieve your version of health, so if this is you, keep watching.
When it comes down to understanding our bodies and the way we work, we need a framework to turn to that will help us make informed decisions about our mindset, lifestyles and nutrition.
But what does this framework look like and what are the key principles we should be focusing on.
Balance - the key to optimal health
One principle we stand by is finding balance. This concept is the underlying philosophy of the most successful systems over time.
Yin vs Yang. Good vs Evil. Positive vs Negative etc... It involves the interplay between chaos and order. Two of the most consistent concepts in our consciousness.
Lack or excess are simple ways to describe these variables and they both have the ability to hurt us over time.
Too much or too little of anything is not healthy.
Let's look at it from each domain for some practical examples.
In mindset, if you don’t think about or draw attention to what you're doing and why you are doing it, you will go through your training program and even life not achieving the things you want. Too little attention or focus doesn’t get you anywhere desirable.
In the counter to this, if you over analyse every detail and get stuck in perfectionism you will never be ready to ship your work and end up stuck in a cycle of trying to make it perfect. This is just as deadly as a lack of attention. Too much perfectionism and you can get stuck. Balance is the key.
Balanced training and lifestyle
In lifestyle and training, if you don’t go to the gym or get enough sleep, your performance and health will really suffer but in the opposite, if you over train you might get great results to begin with but you are really likely to break down and get more injuries over time. Balance is the key.
In nutrition, it's very clear what a lack or excess of any variable can lead to. Deficiency of nutrients will most certainly lead to illness and the breakdown of our body's tissues, this includes macronutrient deficiency leading to anorexia. And in the opposite, excess of any micronutrient can lead to toxic levels building up and with macro nutrition intake making people obese. Balance is the key.
To really make this article effective, spend some time looking at your 3 pillars of health and performance, your mindset, lifestyle, and nutrition, to see what elements you need to add in or take out to really push yourself to the next level.