Aesthetics, fitness, and wellbeing can all mean different things to different people. That’s even the case for the very concept of health, as well as the possible connections between these different notions.
For some, they’re about exercising five days a week or constantly watching calories. They can involve meditating daily, or a whole beauty regimen, or simply be about not suffering from any life-threatening disease.
But to a lot of people, they just represent out-of-reach ideals that they tell themselves they have to pursue yet never really seem to achieve.
Because in their minds, they all mean sacrifices.
Quite recently, a friend asked us a question, one we’ve heard many, many times as fitness and wellbeing consultants:
“What do you recommend for weight loss?”
Now, what most people mean when they talk about weight loss actually pertains to body fat loss —as opposed to muscle mass loss, for instance.
On top of this misguided –yet very common– denomination, there’s just so much information and debate on this topic that it’s really quite easy to feel lost, confused, and even downright frustrated when looking for straight answers.
And with so much interest from so many people, there’s also a…
Eating: a natural necessity with countless cultural approaches. From traditions to trends, science to marketing, abundance to restriction.
A few years ago, when we weren’t satisfied with some aspects of our physical wellbeing and fitness, we decided to explore new ways to approach how we ate, with the hopes of finding greater personal satisfaction.
We encountered a lot of information, quite often contradictory, about eating and diet.
When dealing with so much diverging content, it’s quite easy to feel lost, confused, even frustrated, or annoyed. …
Much like the word exercise, the word diet can mean different things to different people.
In our experience — including Cyril’s experience as a personal trainer — it is for many associated with the ideas of restriction, sacrifice, and weight loss.
This was also the case for us in the past before we started experimenting with the way we ate.
Indeed, part of our journeys to happier bodies has been to try and experience many diets: paleo, keto, high-carb, high-protein, vegetarian, vegan, fruitarian, raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, intermittent fasting, and quite a few others as well.
Through this experimentation, we’ve been…
Joy. The feeling that there is beauty in living. Warm, timeless, absolute, undeniable. Filling us up, body and mind.
What we’re talking about here is the unadulterated rush of life that flows through us, elevates us, and makes us feel like anything is possible.
Something other than the fleeting pleasure of eating junk food, only to feel sick or terrible about ourselves when we’re done. Something other than getting hammered out of our minds, only to feel completely out-of-it the next day. Something other than making money at someone else’s expense, only to lose ourselves a bit more every day.
Exercise… The very word can mean vastly different things to different people: for some it’s about team sports, or crowded gyms, running on a treadmill, or running outside in the rain. Some connect it to pain and unpleasantness, others to elite power, or 6-pack bodies, and so on.
Looking back, one of the reasons we happened to stay away from exercise through different times of our lives, was the perception that it wasn’t worth investing time and energy to take further care of our bodies. …
Being healthy means different things to different people. For some, it means not suffering from any life-threatening diseases; for others, it means exercising fives days a week and constantly watching calories.
To a lot of people, it is this out-of-reach ideal that they tell themselves they have to pursue but never really seem to achieve, because in their minds, good health means sacrifices. It is perceived as expensive, time-consuming and complicated, not to mention far from fun or enjoyable.
But why does it have to be like that? Surely, if good health is something everyone aspires to, there has to…