We are constantly told the steps to better health are eating less and moving more, but what many people fail to realise is there is far more too it than just these two factors.
If you truly want to not only look but also feel better than you ever have before then you need to take a holistic approach to improving your wellbeing and in essence doing so can be broken up into 4 key areas:
- Proper diet and nutrition
- Exercise and activity levels
- Mind-set and habits
- Sleep, rest and recovery
By focusing on only one of these factors and ignoring the others you are simply trying to pull open a door that needs to be pushed. But what most people don’t realise is that all 4 areas are interrelated and therefore progressing in one will directly influence the rest.
For instance; improving your diet gives you more energy for exercise and day-to-day activities, improves your mood, energy levels and focus, as well as aiding in sleep and recovery.
It’s like a domino effect; start progressing in one area and the effects will soon spill over into the rest.
Focus on all four and you will feel better than you ever have before.
On the other side of this, neglect one or more of these areas and it could be hugely detrimental to how you feel and progress.
For example; no matter how much you exercise or how well you eat, you will never see proper results or feel the full benefit from doing so if you completely disregard rest and recovery, or fail to find ways to manage your stress levels.
This is because in order for our bodies to function optimally they need sufficient time to grow and repair, an action that they are unable to adequately perform if not given conditions or nutrients required to do so.
This is why there is such an issue with just focusing on what you eat and how much you move. As doing so completely disregards the bigger picture of how important achieving balance and controlling other factors within your lifestyle can truly have on your wellbeing.
In fact, studies have irrefutably linked insufficient rest and high levels of stress to everything from obesity to diabetes, our outlook, balancing of hormones, response to insulin, general state of mind, heart disease and even higher chances of developing cancer.
So as you can see the risks at hand aren’t just negligible or something that can be ignored either.
This is why it is so essential you find balance in your life and take a step back from time to time to reevaluate what is important so that you can minimize the excessive damage you are causing to your health on a daily basis.
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at each of these factors and how they are affecting you in more detail, along with ways in which they can be improved, regardless of how busy or hectic your lifestyle is.
But hopefully this brief overview will have at least opened your eyes to exactly what you need to consider when trying to improve your overall wellbeing.
So what do you think? What areas in your life have you been neglecting or unaware were taking a toll on your health?
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