Now that the cooler weather is here, it can be quite difficult indeed to motivate yourself to get off the couch and keep eating healthily! Nic & Pascal join us today with their last guest post of the series, with Three Keys to Better Health. If you need a bit of extra motivation, then head over to the Équilibre website and sign yourself up for a Fitness for Foodies course – we might even see you at their next course!
Three Keys to Better Health
We’ve enjoyed bringing you a little more of our Équilibre philosophy this month on We Love Perth. For our final week we wanted to share with you what we believe are the three key concepts you need to understand in order to achieve better health (and dare we say it, become a better you!)
Everyone these days is looking for ways to improve their health, but with the stress and time constraints of day-to-day life, it’s hard to know just where to start and it is oh-so tempting to buy into solutions that promise quick results with little or no effort. Often it takes a wedding, holiday, break-up, milestone birthday or the biggie – a health scare – to motivate us to make real changes, and even then they may not last.
We find that people are quick to commit time and energy to extraneous pursuits, yet continue to neglect themselves by eating poorly, not exercising and not getting adequate sleep and rest. We only get one body and if we don’t look after it carefully, we certainly won’t be able to do all the things in life that we really want to do.
So how do we juggle real life and still manage to make health, fitness and wellbeing a priority when it seems so elusive? The following simple concepts help us to stay focused and on track. Keep them front of mind and come back to them when you feel yourself straying. Work on ways that you can integrate them into your life. Once you ‘get them’ you won’t look back. Promise!
Nic & Pascal enjoying a family picnic with their gorgeous little family!
Time is the most important commodity we have (just ask anyone with young children!) Everyone seems to be getting busier. The fact is that there are only 24 hours in a day, and if you don’t allocate some of these to your health and wellbeing you simply won’t get anywhere. Exercising, planning and shopping for good food, cooking wholesome meals – it all takes time.
Just how do you fit it in when you’re already stretched? For a start, be mindful of consuming time on mindless activities. As food writer and activist Michael Pollan observes, ‘People say they don’t have time to cook, yet in the last few years we have found an extra two hours a day for the Internet’. There are ways to reclaim time – it may just take a little thought, creativity and planning.
It’s sad that self-care is often viewed as selfishness, but it’s also important to understand that the time you commit to your health has a positive flow on effect for your family and friends. When you are healthy you are happier, less stressed, more productive, energetic and more engaged for the time that you do spend with them. Rather than being selfish, we think that’s a great gift! Time is precious. Use it wisely.
Being consistent is what will bring you the greatest results in the long term, and this goes for eating well, exercising and everything else you want in life.
If you experience a bad day or even a bad week, don’t dwell on it, just keep going – it will seem insignificant when you look back in six months or a year’s time. Any changes you make should be viewed as life changes, not short term fixes. If you can’t do it every day for the rest of your life it’s not worth doing! When you are consistent over a long period of time, success can sometimes creep up on you – it may not be the dramatic change you hope for, but it is lasting and sustainable and that’s the kind of change you REALLY need.
This is a good one (and it’s why we named our business after it!)
Balance means that you can’t exercise for 2 hours a day and then follow it up by eating rubbish – it just doesn’t work. Balance means that you can’t take something to the extreme and then forget it completely. Balance means that you have to listen to your body and deal with more than just one aspect of your life – it may mean reducing stress levels, getting better quality sleep or spending more time with your family. Balance can be both forgiving and fun – it allows you to indulge in something decadent or have a day in your pyjamas if that’s what you need. It’s not a life sentence of boredom and moderation, but a recipe for living your life in a natural, healthful rhythm.
Carry these simple ideas with you and let them guide you. Be gentle on yourself and keep it real. We do.
Michael Pollan’s quote can be found in: Laurie David (2010) The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time. Grand Central Life & Style.
Such wise words! Thanks Nic & Pascal, we’ve really appreciated the fantastic posts – you two really are an inspiration! If you’ve missed their last three posts, then head over here to read about How to Find your Exercise Mojo, here for Why Being a Foodie is Good For Your Health, and here for tips on the Smart Way to Invest in your Health. These two are planning some really great events coming up, so keep both ears and eyes out!