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Health Is More Than Nutrition And Fitness Alone

Heather Rotella is a seasoned professional in the health and wellness field committed to supporting her clients on their journey to optimal well-being. Her comprehensive, holistic approach inspires clients to embrace healthy habits and live life to the fullest through evidence-based lifestyle change methodology.

 
Executive Contributor Heather Rotella

In the never-ending quest to be healthy and feel our best, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest diet and exercise trends. While nutrition and fitness are undeniably an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, they are only a piece of the puzzle.


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The holistic approach to health


Holistic health is about taking care of the whole person - our physical, mental, spiritual, and social selves. As far back as ancient Greek philosophy, discussions were had regarding how humans could achieve “a healthy mind in a healthy body” if only we could create harmony between our internal, external, and social environments. This is what holistic health aims to do – create a harmonious, balanced body, mind, and spirit.


Nutrition and fitness: A solid foundation


Healthy eating and regular physical activity are the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle. A balanced diet rich in lean protein, fruit, veggies, and whole grains provides essential building blocks for our body to function properly. Staying active with things we enjoy doing supports healthy weight management, reduces the risk of chronic diseases, and boosts our mood and energy levels.


Mental health: Balance is key


Mental health is equally as important as our physical health. Stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, if left untreated, can have negative impacts on our overall health and well-being. They can even show up as physical symptoms in our body, such as headaches, tight muscles, or stomachaches. By including stress management techniques and mindfulness-based exercises into your day, as well as seeking professional help when needed, you can work toward balancing your mental health.


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Social well-being: Human connection


Humans are social beings, and our social connections play a significant role in overall health. Engaging with friends and family can provide a sense of belonging and support that is crucial for our well-being. Strong social ties can reduce feelings of loneliness, boost our immune system, and even increase our lifespan.


Holistic health in practice


What are some ways you can incorporate holistic health into your daily routine to nurture your body, mind, and spirit? 


Eat Mindfully – This can help improve digestion as well as overall satisfaction while helping to control how much we eat. Pay attention to what you eat when you are eating. Be intentional with the presentation and be sure to sit down to enjoy your food (as often as your schedule allows). 


Mix Up Your Fitness – Earlier, I mentioned staying active with things you enjoy doing. Make it fun and be sure to change up what you do from time to time to keep things exciting and target different muscles of the body. 


Manage Stress – Find activities that work to calm your mind and body, including a walk outside, coffee with a good friend, yoga, meditation, or simply soaking in a warm bath after a long day. Whatever works for you! If you get stuck, search for an app or YouTube video to find something you enjoy.


Prioritize Sleep – Establish a consistent routine to get the sleep you need. Consider your sleep environment – is it comfortable and free of distractions? Try to go to bed around the same time every night and watch the timing of your caffeine intake. 


Stay Connected – Engage with others in meaningful ways. Say yes when you really mean yes and allow yourself to say no when your body and brain need a rest. Take time for self-care to recharge and connect with yourself.  


Being healthy is a concept that reaches far beyond simply what we eat and how much exercise we get every day. By embracing a holistic approach to health that considers your physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being, you can truly strive to live a life of wellness.


 

Heather Rotella, Health and Wellness Coaching

Heather Rotella has spent her career promoting health and wellness and finds meaning and purpose working one on one with her clients to inspire them to live their healthiest life. After many years of coaching and training in mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, Heather designed her coaching program to address the whole person. She believes health runs deeper than diet and exercise alone, and that to live a healthy, fulfilling life, both our mind and body must be well taken care of.


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