We’ve all heard about a fit and ‘healthy’ endurance athlete suddenly dying of a heart attack at a young age, while an ‘unhealthy’ individual lived till 90.
This is puzzling as we usually describe people to be healthy when they look good from following a good lifestyle of eating correctly and exercising frequently. The truth however is that health has six different facets. In this blog, Coach Cathy, explains what it means to be truly healthy. The idea is to be balanced in all six facets of health.
Physical health is the facet of health that we know. It’s why we started MVMT and why I, Cathy, became a dietician. Physical health is all about lifestyle choices. It’s about the choice to eat healthy and exercise, just like we see endurance athletes doing. Genetics also have a part to play in physical health. You can’t change the condition of your health with one good or bad meal. Physical health is a cumulative effect of dietary choices made over time along-side consistent exercise. To most people this is all that it means to be healthy.
Psychological health refers to cognitive, decision making and empowerment, as well as emotional health. Meditating, living in the moment and taking frequent breaks helps to promote psychological health. If your psychological health is compromised, then psychotherapy is needed to get back to good health again.
Not having a social life because you’re obsessed with your physical health imbalances the 6 facets of health, which leads to poor health. People are social-beings so they need to stay socialising to stay healthy. This may mean that you sacrifice a Saturday training session.
Emotional health is also referred to as, spiritual health. This is about having a healthy relationship with food, which means no emotional eating or binging but rather finding a path that suits you, whether it includes communal eating, a way of eating, or a way of life.
In today’s fast paced world, the pandemic has taught us to slow down, to cut cost, live within our means and be grateful for what we have.
The final facet refers to having the power to make your own decisions when it comes to nutrition, and understanding ‘how to eat’. Hiring an evidence-based nutritionist will help to assist you combat ‘bro-science’ ideas you may have been exposed to and believed to be true.