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Holistic health ‘new rage’

HOLISTIC health is the consideration and combined control of mental, physical and emotional well being (among other things, depending on your interpretation).

Most of us have enough difficulty trying to get a handle on our physical fitness, let alone ensuring our mental state is at a point that allows us to perform to our maximum capability.

Add to this the age old dilemma of controlling emotions, and placing ourselves in an emotional state that makes us the happiest – and achieving holistic health seems to be about as a realistic a goal as joining the Olympic gymnastics team.

Yet holistic health seems to be the new rage which many normal people are tackling with ease. Andrew Bryant, the general manager of Fitness Force is one of those people.

So how does he do it?

“You know when you hit the perfect stroke in golf? You know sensation of being on top of things?” Mr Bryant said.

“It’s understanding how that state is. It is anchoring how that state feels, framing it for future reference.”

Mr Bryant says it is simply a matter of recalling the aspects of your life that were in operation when you last felt really on top of things and firing on all four cylinders.

Were you eating well? Getting enough sleep? Were you full of self-esteem? Were you exercising regularly? Did you visualise success?

“When you know what works for you, you need to become attached and anchored to that sensation of feeling good.

“Then that state or sensation or feeling becomes your natural state instead of an unnatural state.

“It becomes the norm in your life, rather than the exception.”

So avid has Mr Bryan’s interest in the physical, psychological and physiological become that he has recently launched a new career in public speaking on the subject.

And before you assume that Mr Bryant is lecturing at health spas and fitness camps – think again. Almost all of his clients are the corporate kind.

“The similarity between the need to perform in sport and business is obvious,” he said.

“The best corporate performers understand this and train accordingly.

As far as staying on top in the office brain stakes is concerned, Mr Bryant’s advice is simple and sensible.

“The brain runs on blood sugar and oxygen,” he said.

“If you’re sitting down all day your blood will go to your butt.

“Getting up regularly will stimulate your oxygen flow.

“Take deep breaths, change focus, look out a window or step outside.

“Secondly, don’t allow your blood sugar to run with spikes. Graze rather than eating large meals.

“Eat something every three to four hours.”

The great thing about the whole holistic eating is that it is flexible and accounts for human differences, with very few stringent rules and regulations, just advise and recommendations.

“You can eat up to 40 per cent fat, as long as you eat a variety of foods,” Mr Bryant said.

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