4 Key Themes for Living Well
1: We’re all unique so it’s not a one size fits all approach
As we’re all unique what strong, fit and happy means to one person will be completely different to someone else. It will also mean different things at different stages of our lives.
It doesn’t matter whether your goal is to run a marathon or to run for the bus without getting out of breath. Our aim is to provide you with:
- A wealth of information so you can make informed decisions about what’s going to be right for you.
- A wide range of resources to choose from to support you in achieving your specific health and well-being goals.
2: Keep it simple
Life is for living. Our goal therefore is to provide simple and practical tips that can easily be integrated into the busiest of lives.
We steer clear of complicated dietary regimes and fitness schedules or making drastic changes overnight. These are difficult to follow and much harder to sustain.
The synergistic effect of combining a number of small changes is far more powerful in the longer term. We focus on helping people to create new habits as these will build a solid foundation for their long-term health and fitness.
3: Be Wholistic – looking at the whole picture
Long term health and well-being is not just about diet and exercise. We believe in a wholistic approach. This spelling was introduced to Stuart by one of his most inspiring mentors, Dr. Plaskett, when learning naturopathic principles because it's about looking at the whole picture.
It’s important to address a diverse range of factors such as:
- Work-life balance
- Career fulfilment
- Having fun
4: Accept & Aspire
When it comes to health and fitness, it’s easy to get into “should” mode:
“I should eat more healthily. I should go to the gym. I should be more flexible.”
This outlook can lead us to be overly tough on ourselves and to work against rather than with our bodies.
It’s also easy to get into “I’ll be happy when…” mode. “I’ll be happy when I’m slimmer. I’ll be happy when I’m fitter” etc.
So, we can easily become self-critical rather than self-accepting and nurturing.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” Carl Rogers
We therefore encourage you to:
- Accept yourself without judgement
- Avoid comparing yourself with others – avoid the perils of the comparison curse!
- Feel good about yourself
- Nurture yourself
- Focus on your aspirations for your wellbeing – what you want to achieve rather than what you’re trying to avoid!