According to Google, the first definition that appears when searching What is health is; "Health is the state of being free from illness or injury"...not a very elaborate definition.
Luckily, the World Health Organization (WHO) has expanded the definition of "what is health?" a little bit more by adding "(health is) a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
Coach Ten and two HAUS guests preparing for a training session at HAUS No3.
So, why the need to identify what health is in the first place?
First of all, there should be no doubt that having a good health is ranked high on people's priority list. Everyone wants to be healthy and feel good, right? Therefore, we feel that in order to improve something first you have to define or establish what it is you are trying to improve.
At HAUS No3 - we like to refer our guests to health as the product of the relationship and sum of 3 main components;
Disclaimer: We are talking about health in the context of what we are trying to improve at HAUS No3 - since we are not doctors we refer our guests out to medical professionals when it comes to dealing with injury or illness.
Movement is all activity that you do, both structured and non-structured. This includes all movement in the gym, at home and at work. By evaluating your daily/weekly/monthly movement you can also identify any changes that needs to be made in order to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Nutrition includes everything you eat and drink, to fuel your body to support your activity levels and physical needs but also what is consumed for other reasons than hunger, such as emotional and habitual eating habits.
Recovery spans over both physiological and psychological stress and your ability to recover from it; such as a hard training session causing muscular fatigue or stress at work leading to emotional drain.
When coaching and consulting with our guests we always consider these three components of health (Movement, Nutrition, Recovery) at HAUS No3; making sure we don't mistake fitness for health. Way to often "fitness" alone (strength, endurance, levels of body fat, etc) is being prioritized to the expense of overall health (and especially at the expense of recovery). More on that fitness industry problem in a future blog post...
In summary, at HAUS No3 we believe that if you can have balance and give enough attention to the three categories of health; Movement, Nutrition and Recovery - chances are that you feel strong, energized and are managing your overall health really well.
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