Looking after your body is one of the most important keys in finding balance. It is about having an ongoing commitment to exercise, eating well and looking after yourself medically.
When you are in-tune with your body physically you will understand your body’s warning signs and the benefits of looking good and feeling good will flow into all other areas of your life.
Looking good is about how comfortable you are with your physical appearance. We are all generally very harsh on ourselves in this area, so we’ll focus on how to dress well and look after your skin, hair and general physique. There will also be information for those looking to lose weight or get fit but being “balanced” in this area is primarily about being confident and comfortable with the external you.
Looking good is obviously closely linked to feeling good – when you feel good you often look good too. However, for the purpose of finding balance, we have defined feeling good as your physical wellness – the internal workings. To achieve balance in this area we’ll focus on nutritional goals, managing and preventing disease, ensuring you have the right medical advice and exercising to stay healthy.
What you won’t find on Balance body
- Fad diets
- Extreme exercise programs
- Pressure to be like everyone else
The status quo
According to an Australian government publication called “Australia’s Health 2012”, we compare well on a global scale for life expectancy and mortality rates but we do have some pretty serious health issues that are on the increase including obesity, alcohol consumption, diabetes and dementia.
There have also been a number of recent studies to indicate that we need to look after our bodies better;
- Australians consume about 10 grams of salt a day, which is about 40 per cent more than we should be eating, according The George Institute for Global Health
- Most Australian women are unaware that heart disease is their biggest killer and they are more likely to die from a second heart attack than men
- The number of Australians dying from a repeat heart attack expected to increase by 40% in the next decade
- Australian Research Council report by the University of Adelaide has found baby boomers have twice the rate of asthma and hearing loss, triple the rate of diabetes and almost double the cholesterol levels of their parents and
- One in three baby boomers are obese.
Balance survey findings
The results from our Balance survey are in and the consensus was clear – our bodies matter a lot and we want help maintaining them!
More than 28% of you ranked your physical wellness as being the most important key for balance and another 25% ranked it as the second most important key.
Collectively you are twice as likely to seek help or are currently seeking professional help with improving your physical appearance and health than any other key. You also ranked “how you look”, “how much you weigh” and “how fit you are” as a better measure of success than what your family and colleagues think of you or how much money you earn or the car you drive.