The 5 pillars of wellness to follow for the rest of your life
-Jan 15, Hannah Hargrave , Health -
With all the chaos of life it’s easy to forget what’s really important, what really keeps you healthy and what will truly make you happy. When it comes to wellness though, it’s actually pretty simple. Because there is a five combo dream team you need for future health and happiness.
In a quest to make wellness a priority we can get caught up in shortcuts, fads and gimmicks to get where we want to be fast. But in reality a healthy lifestyle which incorporates just five pillars is all you need to be your absolute best self.
Exercise is about so much more than simply keeping your waistline in check. Regular exercise is imperative to all round good health and longevity too. It boosts your mood, increases libido, reduces stress, improves brain function, decreases joint pain and that’s not even all of the benefits.
People get deterred from exercise because they think it has to be strenuous, they have to spend hours in the gym or they’re convinced they’re too old. But it’s never too late to start working out and just half an hour a day is all you need.
Even if you can’t manage that, you can squeeze in more exercise into your day by taking the stairs, walking more and generally being less sedentary.
“Once you get over that initial hurdle and make exercise a habit, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t done it sooner,” says Fit4mum founder Melissa Lorch. “Find something you love and it’ll be way easier to stick to. Consistency is key and exercise can easily become a lifelong habit.”
How you fuel your body impacts pretty much everything about it. If your diet is loaded with processed foods, refined sugars and unhealthy fats you will not only be able to physically see the impact but you’ll feel it too. Your energy levels will dip, you won’t want to exercise, you’ll feel stressed and quality sleep may be very hard to come by.
A healthy, balanced diet does not have to be boring or depriving, and the knock on effect it will have on other areas of your life will be unbelievable.
Don’t think you have to cut out a food groups to be healthy either. In fact quite the opposite.
A diet with protein, carbs, fruits and veggies, plus good fats and oils is the most sustainable and manageable way to eat healthy long term.
More people than ever before are struggling with stress. Whether it’s your job, your family or your finances which are causing you to feel overwhelmed, you need to get a hold on the damaging condition.
Stress doesn’t just mess with your mind, your entire body and life is negatively impacted and it can cause a myriad of health problems.
In fact Dr. Rangan Chatterjee – TV presenter, British physician and author of ‘The Stress Solution – Body, Mind, Relationships and Purpose’ – told Lumity that he believes approximately 80% of what GP’s like him sees every day is related to stress in some way.
“You’re looking at things like insomnia, anxiety, low libido, obesity and type 2 diabetes,” he says and although a bit of stress is actually a good thing, when it’s constant, it’s harmful.
Because of this Dr. Chatterjee suggest learning to cope with stress, because it’s rarely easily eradicated.
He suggests simple things such as doing something you love, finding me-time, creating a schedule and regulating your eating habits.
“They’re solutions which are practical and they actually work,” he says. “They also don’t cost money and they don’t take long either.”
For your body to repair and rejuvenate it needs to be well rested. Think of yourself as a rechargeable battery. If it’s not put on charge, it won’t function. Lack of sleep impacts your mood, your health, stress levels and beauty sleep is a real thing too!
While not everybody is the same, a good guideline to follow is to try to get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night.
If your sleeping habits are all over the place, it’s time to press reset and discover how to get the rest you need.
Dr. Neil Stanley, author of ‘How to Sleep Well’ told Lumity that the first step to fixing your sleep problems is to work out what’s causing them in the first place.
“There are many variables which cause you not to sleep well, ranging from your sleeping environment, to hormones, medication side effects, depression and work shifts.”
Rather than just accepting your damaging lack of sleep he insists with some perseverance and guidance you can learn to sleep again.
“Many people forget how to get a good night’s sleep,” he adds. “Something caused it and then that poor sleep behaviour became a habit.”
You will be amazed at just how much of a positive impact regular, quality rest will have on your life and longevity too.
While a healthy, balanced diet can give you many of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need to look and feel your best. There’s no denying that a natural supplement can give you a boost and fill in where you may not realise you have a nutritional gap.
Lumity’s Morning and Night Supplements – there’s a men’s formula now too – ensure you have a steady supply of nutrients throughout the day and night. Taken consistently they’ll help nourish your body from the inside out, delivering the right nutrients at the right time.