The 3 core areas
by Paul Mealling on 22 March, 2020 in Essentials
Understanding the structure of your health, fitness and wellbeing is very important. It allows you to see the context of everything you do for it and it helps you see the links and find the gaps.
There are three areas which form the foundation of it all. Everything I write about, and work on with people, falls into these three catefories. They are:
- Your physical function. This includes many aspects each of which can become very detailed. And we will go there in time. These are things like your strength and flexibility. Your cardiovascular health and fitness and your general endurance. Your physical structure, your posture, muscle balance and the way you use your body. Your physical function is important because it gives you the ability to do things and move through the world. Using your body well and keeping it in good physical condition is a big step to helping protect you against many diseases and other problems. It gives you physical resilience.
- Your nutrition and biochemistry. People often only think of nutrition as the fuel. (And many of us think more about the flavours and what we enjoy more that anything else!). But more than that, nutrition is also responsible for delivering many protective nutrients to the body such as essential vitamins, minerals and complex organic molecules which can protect cells and systems in many ways. Your nutrition can also deliver harm.
- Your psychological and emotional wellbeing. It is well documented how stress and anxiety can affect other areas of your body and health. Not only can your mind and emotions bring negative impacts to you and your body they can also be a force for good. And of course, what would all the health and fitness mean if your psychological side was not in a good place.
One of my passions is bringing these three areas together. You can achieve so much more with your health and fitness by addressing all three of these areas. And you will find that you can achieve so much more in life too.
How about you consider these three areas for yourself. Think about which you might be neglecting, or maybe there is simply an imbalance. And no matter how fit you become, referring back to these three areas can always be a good idea.