The world health organisation defines health as “the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
So often when we chase physical health goals, we neglect our mental and/or social wellbeing.
We skip social events in fear of derailing our diets. We isolate ourselves as we’re too busy chasing our goals. We restrict ourselves to the point where we can only think about the foods we’re not allowed to eat, then torture ourselves over the jumbo chocolate bar we devoured in a moment of weakness and didn’t even enjoy…
As the new year is around the corner and we start to set our goals, make your focus on overall health.
Join a fitness or sports group and surround yourself with likeminded people who won’t judge you for eating out of a Tupperware.
Instead of focusing on cutting out food groups or eating less, focus on eating MORE fruit and vegetables, drinking MORE water and providing your body and brain will the fuel they need!
If you don’t enjoy the exercise you’re doing STOP doing it! Go for a bike ride or a walk. Join a dance class or try out a new sport. Exercise isn’t supposed to be a punishment and you will never be consistent if you hate every second of it!
Finally, don’t forget to exercise your brain! Learn something new, read a book or meditate.
Remember, being or looking ‘fit’ doesn’t mean you’re healthy!
Let’s stop sacrificing our health and start improving it!