At Herbalife, our Healthy Active Lifestyle philosophy is about inspiring you to take the leap to become your best self. We want to make people feel good and help them build a strong sense of self. We want to create a positive community that supports and empowers everyone, no matter what their fitness level or goals are.
People often shy away when they hear the term ‘healthy active lifestyle’ as they imagine having to dedicate hours to extreme workouts. While that certainly counts, a healthy active lifestyle is simply one that contributes positively to your physical and mental wellbeing. It is not as hard as it sounds. Small changes to your daily life and diet can add up to big results in the long term.
Whether you are already fit or just starting out on your fitness journey, you can live a healthier and more active lifestyle.
What is Healthy Active Lifestyle
Healthy Active Lifestyle is a way of life that incorporates regular exercise and healthy nutrition to improve overall well being. It isn’t about achieving peak performance or reaching elite-level athlete status. It’s an approachable, maintainable way of life centered on holistic fitness. It’s open to anyone – men and women, young and old.
From improving confidence to helping to reduce stress, Healthy Active Lifestyle can help you become the best version of yourself.
Healthy Active Lifestyle Benefits
High levels of stress can lead to weight gain and make losing weight more difficult, so finding time for activity has never been so important.
Stress also often causes over-eating, which can lead to weight gain. This in turn can increase stress, contributing to the vicious cycle.
Improved Work/Life Productivity:
Studies have found that after exercise, our brains are more active and this makes it easier for us to learn and retain information. Taking a break for activity when you feel drained may improve your focus and productivity.
When you make a conscious effort to improve yourself through becoming more active, your confidence gets a boost. Even better, your new positive approach can convince those around you to also make a positive change.
Improved Sense of Well Being:
Being active promotes the release of endorphins in your body similar to those that are released when we eat foods such as chocolate.
Healthy Active Lifestyle 4 Pillars
Healthy active lifestyle activities take different shapes and forms to target the needs of different customer audiences. Make sure you choose a format, length and intensity that fits the needs of your customers. Keep it FUN, SIMPLE and MAGICAL. It is important to remember that fitness has different components, and different sports and exercises are needed to develop each of these.
Easy exercises require low intensity and supports your physical flexibility. Examples are dancing, walking, yoga*, aerobics*, pilates*, tai-chi* etc. that can be done anytime, anywhere. Flexibility refers to the ability to bend without injury and is dependent on the elasticity of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.
Spending 10-15 minutes each day focused on stretching is great for relieving stress and improving your overall flexibility, as will practicing yoga*, pilates* or tai chi* regularly. Stretching helps you avoid injury. Training with tight muscles can lead to serious injury and muscle tears.
Fast sports get your heart rate up and improves your cardiovascular fitness over time. They generally involve large muscle groups and speed. Good examples include power walking, running, cycling, swimming*, dancing, boxing*, jump rope, aerobics* / calisthenics and circuit training*. Fast exercises push your cardiovascular system, including your heart and lungs, to work harder to provide extra oxygen to your working muscles. High-impact exercises can also take a toll on your bones and joints.
Strength exercises increase your body’s muscle mass and improve your body’s ability to work against resistance. Performing strength-based moves will help to increase your lean body mass when combined with good nutrition.
Powerful sports refers to high performance and professional athletes who have a different exercise routine. It requires endurance based exercise to reach the professional goal.
Endurance-based exercise is great for burning fat, reducing stress and improving your cardiovascular fitness level. Muscular endurance is important for success in competitive sports.
* Certain activities can only be conducted by suitably qualified instructors. Ensure that you comply with local regulations.Be mindful that the scope of your insurance coverage should cover the activities conducted.
Eating a healthy breakfast really can set the stage for healthier eating all day long. The right foods in the morning can provide you with the energy you need to power through until lunch. And, with a healthy breakfast in your system, you’re less likely to experience mid-morning cravings for unhealthy foods.