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key components of health and wellbeing

If I asked you what are the 4 Key Components I am pretty sure you would be able to give me something very similar along the lines of:

1) Activity

2) Hydration

3) Lifestyle

4) Nutrition


You might have a key component that you would like to include yourself. At AS FITNESS we feel that these are a good fit and a good path to follow for the vast majority of people. Whether it is a beginner or a high performing athlete that comes into us we build our programs from these principles.


Let’s break them down:


1) Activity

Health & Wellness is built inside and outside the gym. This is huge for us. This component is so much more than just your daily workouts. This is about assessing your daily activity – from walking to sitting, we look at the bigger picture for optimal health and wellness. Always take the active option. The stairs, get up from your desk and walk around, walk to work, jog at break time etc. In the USA and UK approximately 60% of all adults aged between 18-64 are completely sedentary. No intended exercise is performed by these people. Jobs are completely inactive. 14 hours per day are spent sitting. Not good.





2) Hydration

Simply put, how much water are you drinking and how often? Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you're not hydrated, your body can't perform at its highest level. Be it at the gym, on the field, even at work. Yet, the average human consumes only three of the recommended seven glasses of water a day. That just doesn’t cut it. This is as important as your activity levels and you need to monitor this closely. When you finish reading this go and get yourself a glass of water ;-)





3) Lifestyle

This means cutting through all the feelings, personalities, opinions and egos. Strip your daily habits down to a handful of objective tasks that give you an absolute pulse on where things are in your life right now. Not an easy thing to do. Can you look at yourself in the mirror and point at where you can improve on your lifestyle. What do you need to distance yourself from? What do you need to gravitate yourself more towards? Sleep, Stress, Fun. They all matter greatly and without your lifestyle in check, your health and fitness goals will always come second. Harsh but true.





4) Nutrition

This is the final piece of the puzzle. I read last week that the average American gains 11 pounds for every diet they go on. That is a crazy statistic. Us Irish are not so far behind I am thinking. Our philosophy to nutrition ASF is that everyone is unique. Hence we don’t give out generic diets that almost everyone seems to crave. They don’t work guys. Full stop. You need to find a style or a type of approach to nutrition that works for you. Whether it’s intermittent fasting, paleo, the zone diet etc. Or just plain and straight healthy eating. A lot of these diets can work and it’s a matter of finding the right solution for the right person. I know I’m like a broken record but for keeping lean it is a diet that you can adhere to and it is keeping that small calorie deficit everyday of 200-300 calories. Equally, the same goes for performance. It’s not a one size, fits all solution. Eat to have a healthy gut, avoiding medication and supplementation where possible, all whilst helping you fall in love with a healthy eating lifestyle. If you are looking for a magic bullet that’s it right there!





Put all these pieces together and you have a proven pathway to stay in the height of wellbeing. One component feeds off the other. Implement and focus on Activity, Hydration, Lifestyle and Nutrition and we firmly believe here at ASF that you are on to a winner

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