Let us first start by saying that each piece of your wellness routine is not mutually exclusive from another, meaning what you eat affects how you train, which affects your mood, which affects how you treat people, which carries over into your work, which affects how you sleep.
Sound exhausting? It doesn’t have to be.
Each of us has strengths and weaknesses in each of our four Live Better pillars:
2. Eat Better
3. Think Better
4. Give Better
At various times we also need to focus on one pillar more than another (maybe your workouts are dialed in but you’re also becoming more stressed at work, leading to a future breakdown in the quality of workouts and a cascading effect of declining performance as a whole).
We’re also likely better at some than others. Maybe you’ve trained as an athlete your whole life but failed to really care about what you ate…until that caught up to you (when you stopped training as much as you used to). Maybe you’ve been great at handling stress, but find your body not capable of what you need it to do.
This is exactly why we teach and educate on wellness as a holistic practice; each piece of the puzzle is important, because without a holistic focus any one pillar can bring the house down. It also helps to contextualize how one area can positively affect the others.
“Movement = Freedom.” It is our ability to do the things we need to do to live the life we want to live. Some want to run marathons, climb mountains, and fight in a cage while others simply want to be able to pick up their grandchildren and support their family. Our mobility (and I don’t mean our range of motion here) is foundational to our ability to explore what life has to offer. Movement also happens to provide us with strength (a transcendent quality to our self-worth, confidence, etc), energy, and resiliency in the face of challenge. The foundation of a long, healthy life is movement.
“Food = Fuel.” Quality inputs create quality outputs. You know the saying, “You are what you eat,” but it is so much more complex than that (and simple at the same time). Unfortunately, eating psychology, food marketing, and an outdated and relatively absurd set of food pyramid guidelines make the act of nourishing our bodies difficult. We’re overfed and under-nourished, leading to an epidemic of metabolic conditions and preventable disease worldwide. This has been put on display even more over the past year with CV19 complications, and there is no more important time to start thinking about the way we eat as fuel for the life we want to live.
“Performance starts with mindset.” The way we think dictates the way we act (or, react). We’re collectively pretty stressed out right now, leading to a breakdown in mental health. Our goal is to provide the tools to increase mental resilience, practice tools for mindfulness (like meditation, visualization, and goal-setting) to reduce stress, create routines (both morning and evening) to better prepare for our days, increase EQ (rather than simply focus on the education of increasing IQ, especially in schools), and ultimately develop a set of emotional and mindset skills that allow us to grow towards becoming more empathetic, emotionally intelligent, and interdependent human beings. It all starts here, from physical performance to developing healthy relationships to pursuing a life full of purpose, passion, and giving.
“Purpose & Passion.” Speaking of which, giving is the real kicker of focusing on your wellness. Self-care is “selfishly unselfish” as our wonderful teammate Ryland Hormel likes to say. We need to go beyond what we look like in the mirror; what are you going to do with those new abs or new set of nice looking biceps? More energy is great; who are you going to help? This is about impact; the best, optimal performing version of you can impact the world in such a great way. To give anything less than your full potential is a waste of your unique gifts; in order to achieve this potential, we must focus on our health. It’s a circular relationship of self and collective improvement. A rising tide lifts all boats…
We also believe being social is foundational to our wellness experience (something we’re all craving right now), which is why we built the Live Better Community. It is an aggregation of all things we teach and live, brought to you monthly as a community to connect with and learn from. We share ideas, triumphs, challenges, and life’s experiences together.
Take a look at the pillars above — which do you focus most on? Which area can you improve on?
Let us know on social by tagging #LiveBetterCo on Instagram and share an anecdote about something you’re working on.
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