As the old adage goes, “You are what you eat.” But what if there’s more to achieving long-term wellness than just watching what you put in your body? That’s where health and wellness coach, Ashley Hill, comes in.
Hill, who has over a decade of experience in the fitness industry and is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, believes that true health and wellness is more than just hitting the gym and counting calories. She emphasizes the importance of mindset and sustainable habits in achieving long-term wellness.
“Diet is just one piece of the wellness puzzle,” says Hill. “It’s important to shift our mindset from a quick fix mentality to a long-term approach that includes sustainable habits, mental wellness, and self-care.”
One of the keys to achieving long-term wellness, according to Hill, is to shift our focus from solely on weight loss to overall health and wellbeing. This means setting goals beyond just a number on the scale and prioritizing self-care practices like yoga, meditation, and getting enough sleep.
“Focusing solely on weight loss can be discouraging and unsustainable,” says Hill. “When we shift our focus to overall health and wellbeing, we’re more likely to make lifestyle changes that promote long-term wellness.”
Another important piece of the wellness puzzle, according to Hill, is mindset. Our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves can have a big impact on our ability to make sustainable lifestyle changes.
“Setting realistic goals and focusing on progress instead of perfection can help shift our mindset from one of self-doubt and criticism to one of self-love and acceptance,” says Hill.
She also recommends practicing gratitude and mindfulness to help shift our mindset to a more positive and self-loving one.
In addition to mindset and sustainable habits, Hill stresses the importance of finding a support system. Whether it’s through a fitness class, a friend who shares similar wellness goals, or a health and wellness coach like herself, having someone in your corner can make all the difference.
“Having a support system can help keep you accountable, motivated, and provide a sense of community,” says Hill. “We’re all in this together and it’s important to lift each other up and support one another.”
In summary, achieving long-term wellness goes beyond just diet and exercise. It’s about shifting our mindset to one of self-love, focusing on overall health and wellbeing, and creating sustainable habits. With the help of a support system and a focus on self-care, anyone can achieve long-term wellness.