The 4 pillars of optimal health

Many fitness professionals focus on one aspect of a healthy lifestyle and while it’s important to have experts in each field, it’s also important to put all components together and look at the big picture!

1) MINDSET
Our mindset is crucial, not only when it comes to fitness but also for our overall success and living a happy, fulfilled life. Without a positive mindset and a clear vision of where you want to go, you’re not able to take the right actions that will help you to move forward in life. When starting your fitness journey, it’s important to finally stop making excuses and take 100% responsibility for your life.

You have to be crystal clear about your WHY, otherwise you won’t be willing to put in the work and won’t be able to push through difficult times. Developing a strong mindset and healthy habits is not easy, but once you have developed them, fitness and a healthy lifestyle will become your second nature and making healthy choices will be something you don’t have to think about twice.

2) NUTRITION
You can exercise as much as you want but as long as your nutrition is not on point, you won’t get the results you’re seeking. With everything you eat and drink, you can either nourish your body or feed disease. It is not only important to look at overall calories and macros and adjust those to your fitness goals, but it’s also crucial to consider what kind of foods you’re eating. Because after all, while macronutrients are king when it comes to weight-loss or building muscle, micronutrients do matter and are so important for our overall health and well-being. The most important thing is to find a diet that works for YOU and your goals specifically. A healthy diet should be attainable AND maintainable long-term and you should ENJOY it, otherwise you won’t stick to it anyway. And that is EXACTLY what I help my clients to do!

3) EXERCISE
Moving your body is SO important for vitality, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, bone health and much, much more. Strength training helps you to build muscle and some cardiovascular training keeps your heart and lunges happy. After all, exercise does not only help you to control and manage your weight but it also gives you energy AND helps you live a much longer, happier and fulfilled life!

4) SLEEP & RECOVERY
This point is crucial and it’s actually one of the first areas I look at when I start working with a new client. Sleep is vital for brain recovery and your overall health. Poor sleep is strongly linked to weight gain, depression, increased inflammation and an increased likelihood of various diseases. Getting enough quality sleep on the other hand enhances productivity, concentration, athletic performance and overall life quality. If you don’t give your body enough time to rest and recover, your fitness journey will be much harder and your efforts will most likely not pay off. Please do NOT underestimate the importance of sleep. Aim for at least 7-8 hours every night.

It’s SO important to incorporate each of these pillars. If you take out one or two, you won’t feel balanced and it will negatively impact all aspects of your life, including health, relationships and sometimes even your career!

I’d love to know which pillar you struggle with the most?! Leave me a comment below 👇

Until next time & much love,

Lea

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