Ever since I was a kid I have been passionate about health, fitness and wellness. While most kids don’t care too much about this area, my interest in healthy living stemmed from both a desire and a need.
Since my early days I admire aesthetic physiques and body’s ability to transform through hard work and dedication. I used to watch my father and his buddies training in my fathers basement gym, and I would see their bodies changing over time and this desire to know how and why just grew in me.
Throughout my life I have been fortunate enough to work with many different professionals, from international rugby coaches, nutritional scientists to professional bodybuilders and old school legends like Dorian Yates.
To address my own health and knowledge in various areas of my life, whether that be a nutritionist, a trainer, or a mental supporter and motivator. However, nobody was able to work with all of me: the whole picture of who I am as a physical mental, spiritual, and emotional being. As a result, I wanted to be the type of coach that I wish I had on my health journey, which is what led me to become of who I am today.
I define it as working with the whole person and getting to the root of one’s pain points on the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional levels. This holistic approach helps you to focus on all aspects of your life and move on the path to what I like to call Conscious Health: a synergistic relationship between mind, body, and soul. You can think of this Conscious Health as being like a tricycle: two wheels can be working very well but if the third wheel is flat, you’re not going to get very far. As such, you can be physically healthy and mentally strong, but if you do not feel spiritually fulfilled and as if you have a purpose, you may start to feel as if something is missing.
I’m of the mentality that in order for sustainable outer change to happen, we must first address our inner landscape. I have seen this time and time again with clients, as the majority first come to me with the desire to change their diets or get in better shape, and then it slowly becomes apparent that they are looking for something more. Once people open up and are willing to explore the deeper parts of themselves and what they find truly fulfilling, the outer change starts to occur in miraculous ways.
When you get to know yourself authentically, you can identify what you truly want and make it happen. As I have witnessed firsthand with my clients, there is much personal growth and incredible transformation to be gained from working with someone else to tend to your mind, body, and soul.
We all have those days when just want to skip the gym or bail on meal prep, and of course it is all right to take a break every now and then, but it definitely should not become a habit. This is where a lifestyle coach comes into play–to give you that extra push and to check-in on you to make sure you are doing your best to work towards your health goals. When you have someone else to report to, you’re more likely to feel a bit more responsibility and be motivated to stay on-track.
So if we’re going to help you achieve your health goals once and for all we’re going to need to look at your life through the lens of the 9 Essential Elements of Health Happiness and Longevity. What are they? They are, in no particular order of importance, as follows:
Let me give you a couple of examples why these are all important. You may have a perfect diet (2 = nutrition) and go to the gym regularly (1 = movement). However, if you’re only sleeping 6 hours a night (3 = sleep), have developed faulty breathing mechanics from a poorly designed exercise programme (4 = breathing) and are drinking several coffees, juices and a couple of glasses every day (6 = hydration) then, you are definitely going to be sabotaging your health.
Or maybe you know exactly what to do but still can’t seem to resist those jammy donuts or prevent yourself from flying off the handle at the first sign of stress. Our emotional state can easily override our willpower and jeopardised our ability to make smart decisions (5 = emotions).
Or maybe you are covering all 5 of those bases perfectly but cycle to work every day through polluted traffic, live in a condo surrounded by strong wifi signals, damp and mold or use a lot of toxic cookware and essentially maintain a dirty external environment (7 = environment).
Or are you one of the people who live in a busy city, like Kuwait, have many virtual friends but have few real friends? In a 2016 study of 300,000 individuals, loneliness was found to be as great a cause of mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day1.
This thus suggests that connecting with the community and having a strong support network and group of friends has an influence on health and longevity (8 = social).
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