Well – my approach is a very holistic one, based on good nutrition, breathing, movement, gratitude, community and purpose. When you combine these components on a daily basis you cannot help but be healthier.
But what does each component mean and why do you need a coach to help?
Well, the coach part is a bit like what sporting teams and individuals get from their coaches. Someone with knowledge, experience and a detachment from the actual playing of the game, helping the player to perform to their potential. A coach may not have the physical or technical prowess of the athlete, but they can often see something is not right, provide an insight or ask the question that enables you to unblock something that has been in your way.
As a coach – I don’t have your answers, but I may be able to supply knowledge or ask the questions that enable you to solve issues and allow you to become healthier – physically, psychologically and emotionally. A coach also holds you accountable for what you do.
So that’s the coaching part - the components however are individualised to who you are.
Let’s take nutrition. Your needs will vary depending on existing health issues, age, amount of activity in your life, your taste preferences, the type of food you grew up with and the type of food your ancestors ate, the time of year, the climate you live in, your access to different types of food. Thought it was going to be easy didn’t you.
No one diet will be right for everyone, though there will be some common traits – fresh real food will often be best, especially if it has not been exposed to pesticides, herbicides, steroids, hormones or antibiotics. Sometimes supplements will also ensure that you get enough vitamins, enzymes and nutrients to help our bodies to function effectively. Water is almost always overlooked and good hydration is a must – how much varies for each person but often it is not enough and your bladder will let you know when it’s too much!
Mindful breathing and movement also aids our bodies to function well and reduce chronic inflammation. I believe that you need to add at least 10 minutes of mindful breathing with movement to your daily routine. It helps your digestive, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory and neurological systems. My routine is here, but any movement that allows you to concentrate on your breathing and actions will do the trick – tai chi, yoga, moving meditation etc.
So that’s three out of six. Gratitude, community and purpose are connected.
Knowing what it is you want to do, being with people that will support who you are and what you want to achieve and being thankful for the little things that make you smile each day. It may not seem like much, but someone that helps you up is healthier than someone that pushes you aside or down.
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Gavin - The Health Coach