At Healthy Nibbles, we are committed to improving the nutritional habits of the nation, both at home and at work. We have seen the impact that eating and drinking healthily can have in a corporate environment – which can be seen through our extensive case studies with our clients. Three Mobile stated there is a ‘need’ to ensure staff is eating healthily and that we are ‘an integral part’ of their ‘overall wellness strategy’. However, just eating healthily is not enough to ensure that your mind and body are sufficiently looked after.
Diet is crucial to wellness, with many in the sports science, and fitness communities trusting the 70% diet and 30% exercise rule, with only 30% of your time being crucial for achieving lifestyle, fitness, and overall health goals. However, have now begun to argue that relationship is largely flawed and that if you don’t push your body, you can never expect to get fitter, or stronger but this has to be matched with your nutrition – there has to be a balance. This is why a recent development in exercise and diet theories is suggesting that the ratio is 100% diet, 100% exercise. The two are mutually exclusive, you cannot expect to become healthier by eating healthily and not exercising enough, whilst you cannot expect to our train a bad diet.
Top level PT’s (such as @nathanpt) have suggested that diet has to be a focus all of the time, and exercise has to be 100 percent effort when you are in the gym. It is so easy to go to the gym or go for a run and not give it your all – intrinsically we know we’ve all done this. However, by changing your mindset and committing all into a diet, and all in to exercise is the best way to achieve health and fitness goals. Furthermore eating correctly and exercising more efficiently will improve the rate of improvement and speed up your weight loss, fitness or toning up.
Critically to the idea of being 100% invested in your health and wellbeing is the impact this can have on your mental health. First of all seeing tangible improvements in your physical body has been proven to improve mental health, and how you view yourself, whilst exercising regularly releases endorphins that improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. The idea of the ‘runner’s high’ comes directly from this – the sense of achievement and the physical release of hormones give a sense of elation after exercise. When coupled with a vitamin-rich, healthy diet, stress and mental health issues should be reduced dramatically.
The older idea of 70%, 30% exercise is still relevant and is still important. However, by focussing on your health as a priority, working as hard as you can in the gym and being as healthy as you possibly can in the kitchen, you will see the biggest benefits to your physical and mental health.
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