Wellbeing Enhancement

Wellbeing Enhancement When we talk of wellbeing enhancement, we start off by talking about a more familiar concept. Health. We’re all familiar with the words, “Health is Wealth”. But we don’t really know what all can be covered under the roof of health. So, it is essential to ask this fundamental question – What exactly … Continue reading “Wellbeing Enhancement”

Wellbeing Enhancement

When we talk of wellbeing enhancement, we start off by talking about a more familiar concept. Health. We’re all familiar with the words, “Health is Wealth”. But we don’t really know what all can be covered under the roof of health. So, it is essential to ask this fundamental question –

What exactly is health?

The best answer to this, was given by the World Health Organization, which said-

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

So, one thing we can easily gauge, is that good health has nothing to do with the absence of disease and everything to do with all-round wellbeing! Until and unless there is complete wellbeing in all aspects of life, we cannot be healthy.

As explained by medical, social and behavioural sciences, wellbeing is a holistic approach. Physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing, come as a combination. We cannot have any one element singularly and be healthy.

Let us look at each form of wellbeing separately and then as a whole.

Physical wellbeing

• Physical wellbeing is a combination of physical fitness, mental balance and emotional strength. It talks about the human ability to pull through the problems in life, which can only be achieved through an overall state of wellness.

• Physical wellbeing does not imply that one has to be in absolute shape and free of all ailments. That only counts as fitness. Physical wellbeing would imply that even if we are not in top notch shape, we are fit enough to carry out all the activities without strain.

• There are various Olympic level athletes, who are astoundingly fit, physically. But they lack in overall wellbeing due to the high level of strain they put their body through.

• Wellbeing is about balance. Hence, physical wellbeing is about having a balanced physical aspect.

Mental Wellbeing:

• The same rules of physical wellbeing apply here, but from the perspective of mental health. Simply because we have no known mental disorder of illness, does not ensure mental wellbeing.

• We all go through stress in daily life. So, getting worked up isn’t wrong. But when we are unable to deal with the stress, it is a sign of low mental wellbeing.

• A person can only be mentally well, if he is able to go through life’s stresses with a stable approach and not get paranoid or lose his calm about every little thing, then we can say that he has achieved wellbeing.

• Another important aspect is the control of ones emotions and behaviour in a social situation. It is directly related to one’s mental health.

Social Wellbeing:

• Social wellbeing is the extent to which a person feels a sense of attachment and belonging to the society. The people around him and his relations with them are defined here.

• It is a state where emotional needs are met and there is harmony among people from different walks of life.

• A person’s social wellbeing can be judged from the way he involves himself into the pool of people from different cultural, socio-economic and religious backgrounds.

• When a person has a superiority or inferiority complex, with respect to the people around him, it is a sign of low social wellbeing.

• It is characterized by, equal access to and delivery of basic needs services (water, food, shelter, and health services), the provision of primary and secondary education, the return or resettlement of those displaced by violent conflict, and the restoration of social fabric and community life.

• Man is a social animal and so social wellbeing is absolutely essential to his overall wellbeing.

• Once again, social wellbeing is impossible to achieve without physical and mental wellbeing.

When there is wellbeing in all the above three aspects, we can hope to achieve excellent health and also look towards better life and prospects.

To give you an overview about what overall wellbeing can mean, listed below are some points picked from the lives of highly functional individuals. Before you read the list, please note, these are not qualities related necessarily to celebrities or business tycoons or anybody famous. These are experiences that people from all walks of life have, when they achieve wellbeing.

1. Greater strength to deal with situations
2. A more practical and functional approach to life
3. Peace of mind and self-satisfaction
4. Higher work efficiency
5. Fruitful personal lives
6. Better concentration and greater problem solving abilities
7. A better social status and standing
8. Amazing interpersonal relationships

When it comes to wellbeing enhancement, a very effective factor is having a life coach. Someone who can inspire you to be the best version of you. This helps greatly and leads to better and quicker results too

Fitness Image VS Fitness Health

Fitness Image VS Fitness Health

You are amazing. Yes, you!

We tend to compare ourselves to photo shopped billboard models. Often we motivate ourselves to work out so we can look like them. The problem with this is that our motivation is external – we must look like someone else. Long term this can lead to low motivation, over training and under eating and worst of all – low self-esteem.

What if I told you that you could look incredible and live the life you dream about by simply flipping your motivation to internal – make your goals about you!

Here’s how:

A Dream board

Build yourself a vision board and stick it somewhere you can see it prominently. This will help you pinpoint what YOU want instead of society’s suggestions. I will be doing another article on how you can make an awesome vision board soon but for guidance you should think about the following questions:

What is my purpose in life? E.g to be a great mother and charity worker

Who do I want in my life? E.g a family, close friends, a boyfriend / husband.

How do I want to feel? E.g. Full of vitality and energy!

How do I want to look? E.g. Do I want to lose some weight, have glowing skin etc.

Tailor your exercise and nutrition plans to your individual needs

There is a generic guideline set by the professional bodies however, I would recommend to have a nutrition plan and fitness program designed for you personally based on both your physical form and nutritious well-being as well as your current lifestyle. It is more beneficial as we are all unique with various heights, physical forms as well as health.

A perfect example is what I currently drew up for myself. As I have recently given birth and have lack of nutrition my requirement daily is a lot higher than the generic guide. My fitness program is focused mainly on building my muscle foundation rather than appearance, is very minimal with more focus on stretches to regain strength and improve its usage. If you are also a new mother please be very careful with certain fitness programs. Don’t go 200 mph in your first session! This can cause injuries and set-backs.

Make your health a priority

Life can get really busy, very quickly. Often the first thing to give is our focus on our well-being. I would like to encourage those who are already at the gym and those that aren’t to focus this year on not just your job or your finances. This can take work and isn’t easy but put it this way. Are you going to get that promotion if your eating and lack of exercise means you suffer from burnout or worse?

Train smart NOT hard

It is very easy to starve ourselves and train to the point of exhaustion once we set a goal of getting fit and losing weight. The irony of this is that in the longer term this will take you further away from your goals.

When I talk about fitness I encourage and support functional physical forms and strengthening foundations, in other words working on every part of your muscles and making the most of them.

Over the recent years there has been many debates and discussions regarding fitness and peoples goals. Please do not pay any mind to the media or social pressure to look a certain way. Eat healthy, work on your foundations and be at the place you want to be (not what society dictates you should be). Focusing on imagery than the muscles itself can prove to have later caused health problems as these are unnaturally built.

Please see a professional with experience when creating a program and be open about your medical histories/lifestyle as these can play a huge factor to creating injuries if untold.

Say no to social pressure and imagery but yes to being who you want to be and doing so healthily! Question is, who do you want to be?

Love and Light

6 Sports to Improve Your Health

6 Sports to Improve Your Health

You want to take up a sport both as a new hobby and a mean to improve your health? There are so many choices? We will give you a few suggestions in the following article.

Strengthen your muscles with Pilates

Pilates is practiced on the ground, on a mat or on devices like the reformer, a sort of bed-cart with a sliding plate, pulleys and other accessories. You can use balloons, springs or elastic. This technique is based on the control of movement and breathing, inspired by yoga, dance, and gymnastics.

It’s good for what? Pilates engages all the muscles of the body. It works in harmony stabilizing muscles (postural) and mobilizing muscles (the movement). Eventually, the practice of Pilates improves strength and coordination, develops flexibility and corrects posture by strengthening and toning muscles.

Avoid: if you suffer from diseases such as herniated disc or scoliosis.

Where to practice? Many sport centers offer Pilates classes. You can also practice at home via the internet, alone or with a personal trainer.

Stay in control of yourself with judo

Judo is a martial art that combines balance, strength, flexibility and defense techniques.

It’s good for what? Judo is very physical. The whole body is stressed and you have to work seamlessly. Judo develops gestural quality, the establishment of the body image, and improves the perception of the body. Based on self-control and respect for others, judo is also good for your mind.

Avoid: if you suffer from pain at the spine or joints.

Where to practice? Club. You can also opt for another martial art such as karate or kung fu.

Work your legs with Flamenco

Flamenco is a dance coming from southern Spain. Expressive and energetic flamenco dance is characterized by the force when the feet of a dancer hit the ground

It’s good for what? The striking of the feet effectively gains muscle in legs. With training, the body will be toned. By adopting an elegant posture, women can benefit a lot from Flamenco. Dance involves balance, works the abdominal and buttocks. The abdominals are strengthened, joints are loosened up gradually. Dancing is also a good way of inhibiting and taming your body.

Avoid: if you suffer from a disease of the cardiovascular or musculoskeletal.

Where to practice? In a club. You can also practice other styles of dance: tap dance, African dance, tango, salsa, hip-hop…

Sharpen your reflexes through boxing

Get in the ring and let do punches and kicks! More and more women are getting into boxing. Choice: French boxing (with fists feet) or English boxing (only fists), or the variants (very trendy) that mix fitness and boxing: body combat, body boxing…

It’s good for what? Boxing is a complete aesthetic sport, which is good for both the physical and the mental health. This activity refines the silhouette, boosts cardio, and burns fat while working.

Avoid: if you have heart problems or severe vision problems.

Where to practice? In a club and even in water (aqua boxing). Equip yourself with boxing gloves, suitable footwear, and a helmet.

Upgrade your address with volleyball

Volleyball is a team sport. Two teams of six players compete to knock the ball into the opponent ground and prevent it from touching their ground. Jump to return the ball, pass to teammates by using only your hands.

It’s good for what? The practice of volleyball develops reflection, speed, balance, and stability. This expansion sport tones the muscles, especially strengthens the thighs, abdominals and “rushes” the silhouette. Volleyball promotes coordination and concentration. It also helps to socialize.

Avoid: if you suffer from back problems.

Where to practice? In a room, on a stage and even on the beach in summer with beach volleyball!

Burn fat through the step

The step is a toned fitness technique. You stand on a solid stepper and make very stable walking in rhythm and choreography. You can vary the level of difficulty by adjusting the height of the step.

It’s good for what? The step engages all muscles of the body; it works the thighs and buttocks intensely. Your practice gains endurance and allows better control of the breath. The step is an energetic activity that helps to burn calories.

Avoid: if you have problems with joints: the knee bends and repeated leaps put a strain on fragile joints.

Where to practice? In a gym or fitness center, or at home

Tips All Women Need To Be Successful

Tips All Women Need To Be Successful

Put yourself first:

For most of us, this is the hardest thing to do. We are too busy taking care of our kids, getting to work or making dinner; and by the end of the day we are too tired to do anything for ourselves. That is where we go wrong! How can we take care of anyone else if we don’t take care of ourselves? You should never cut yourself out of your own schedule. If you have to get up an hour earlier to go and do your workout or have someone help you with the kids for an hour, then do it. Your health and happiness depends on it! That’s how we all get burnt out.

Eat Healthy:

Now this, can mean a variety of things to you. There are many diet fades to choose from today. There are also so many different guidelines to follow and at times it can be confusing. People want to weigh in on; what you should eat, what you shouldn’t eat, how much you should eat, what types of fats, how much fat and the list goes on.

Here are the basics:

You should eat fats, but the type of fat you consume is important. If possible you should stay away from fat-free and low-fat processed foods. These foods, are usually filled with chemicals and artificial flavorings to help improve the food’s taste and texture. You should focus on the healthy fats like avocados and nuts, but remember if you are trying to lose weight you should keep these to a minimum. Even though they are healthy fats they are not idea for losing weight.

Eat a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, and if all possible keep them raw. A rule that I try to follow is; keeping my diet to about 80% of fruits and vegetable. An easy way to do this is mix it up. Make your plate as colorful as possible, this way you are getting all of your needed vitamins and nutrients and making your plate look more appealing to the eyes. Remember, you first eat with your eyes.

Eat healthy grains. I particularly like quinoa, lentils and brown rice. I like to keep this to only 10% of my diet. The great thing about these grains are that they are so versatile!

Don’t drink your calories! Stay away from the soda, fruit drinks and flavored water. Instead, focus on water, green and black teas and 1-2 cups of coffee a day. You should rarely drink juice because of the high amounts of sugar.

Lastly, always make sure to reward yourself. Not every day but maybe once a week and then work up to once every other week and so on. You can always have dessert but you have to make sure that it is healthy. You don’t want all of your hard work to go to waste. Now a days you can find vegan and even raw desserts that taste just as good and sometimes better than their evil twins.

Keep the stress out:

Now a-days, stress is naturally part of our lives. Whether it’s from our boss at work, making sure that the kids get to all of their functions, the way that we judge ourselves for not “doing enough,” “being enough” or even being”good enough”. Stress can come in many different forms; and it can even come from toxic people or relationships in our lives. It goes back to, focusing on ourselves. You have to put yourself first; you have to realize what things or people are good for you; and you have to get the negativity out of you life. Until you do that, you will always be unhealthy. Science has proven that stress makes you physically ill, makes you age faster, and tears you down mentally. When you get the stress out of your life, you will notice a burden being lifted off your shoulders. Trust me, it made a huge difference in my own life. When I got the stress out and removed the toxic people; my life started making sense. I showed myself that I could put myself first and that I had the strength to change other things I didn’t like. Everything just started falling into place for me.

Go to bed:

You should always be consistent on when you go to bed. Going to bed on time, ensures that you will be getting enough sleep and having enough energy for the next day. A lack of sleep can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, depression, diabetes and much more. It’s hard to feel productive or fend off stress and mood swings when you’re yawning throughout the day. In addition to going to bed on time, make sure you have a routine that you stick to. Make sure to be off all screens at least an hour before bed, don’t watch TV in your bedroom and don’t do work in your bed. Following these guidelines, will ensure you get a restful night of sleep and have you waking refreshed in the morning.

Doing these simple things will increase the quality of your life and help you become a better version of the already beautiful you!

Ten Healthiest Tips for Starting Your Day Right

Ten Healthiest Tips for Starting Your Day Right

1. After sleeping and resting for 6 to 8 hours, it is time to improve your body activities. Do those things that accelerate a smooth blood flow. Walk across your home.

Take a large glass of water to enhance your health

Try to sit on a floor, and stretch for health. Stretch your legs, torso, back, legs, and arms.

2. Meditation for a joyful mind

When you wake up from your bed daily, sit on the floor, and stretch your legs.

Close your two eyes, place your two hands on your knees, and practice breathing exercise.

Accept those thoughts that rush to your mind, release and acknowledge them as they come to your mind.

Concentrate on your breath. It has to be a deep breath in and breath out, do them on the count of three.

When you are looking for direction, ask questions about those goals you seek. The answer may not come immediately, but you would find the answers in the course of the day.

3. Brush, wash, and shower your body

Avoid making your thoughts wander about. Just concentrate on your daily routines and, not be bothered about what the day will turn out to be.

4. Put down what you want to do for the day

After spending two-minute intervals writing down what you want to achieve for the day, spend the following minutes writing down whatever comes to your mind. It has to do with the things you want to achieve for the day.

After two minutes, look again, at what you have written and compare them with your goal. Thirty minutes are okay for this.

5. For the next hour, skip, walk, dance, and jump around. This will help you, as it releases those endorphins inside you. This makes you productive and happy for the day.

Research has indicated that morning exercises set the tone for a healthy day. Never ignore your morning exercise.

6. Take heavy quantities of green smoothie

Nutrition should be part of your daily menu every morning. This revs your metabolism and helps your brain.

Prepare veggies and fresh fruits. You can try something like a smoothie mixed with oranges, apples, spinach and ginger, as well as apple juice and mango.

7. Consume protein

Protein is essential, because it restores your muscles, keeps you full, and enhances your brain. This prevents overeating in the morning. Meditation and super food help you a lot.

Your first meal every morning should be food served with eggs and low-fat cheese, Greek yogurt, seeds, beans as well as peanut and so on. Where it is a smoothie, garnish it with protein powder.

8. Sit down, breathe, and stay for at least five minutes. This makes you positive and alert.

9. Think of your body achieving a lot successfully and effortlessly

10. To achieve your daily tasks effortlessly, review each plan in your mind. Plan your daily routines; think about the presentation you would make, and concentrate on positive things alone.

As the day goes by, watch and see the way things turned out.