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A Holistic Approach with 360Wellness
The term wellness can have various meanings depending on the person, his/her journey with fitness/nutrition as well as the different social and cultural contexts. Although wellness is something that is very much talked about in magazines, TV programmes and social media, I think some people base the meaning of this individualistic concept on how others interpret it. There’s nothing wrong with that, but perhaps it could be more useful to try and find your own balance, listen to what your body needs and then make up your mind about what wellness means to you.
Since we are all at different stages of our journey to wellbeing and also different relationships with our body, it’s important to not compare yourself too much to others and focus on you first. Plus it’s important to not rush too much into it by constantly challenging yourself, but rather take it slow and take one step at a time. It can be tough to understand immediately what you want, so whether you’re starting your journey or finishing it, it’s perhaps better to not overwhelm yourself with all things branded ‘wellness’.
For this reason, our app 360Wellness on iOS or Android can help you find your right path to a healthy relationship with your body and the environment around you thanks to its Tracker. During the past few weeks, I explored the four sections which make up the 360Wellness Tracker and these are the fitness, nutrition, recovery and feelings section.
The fitness section of the 360Wellness Tracker helps you journal your fitness journey thanks to easy and simple steps. You can either book a class on the app with one of our many fitness instructors, and after you attend it, your fitness tracker will be automatically updated with the type of activity you’ve been doing. The activities provided by our app, can range from HIIT to LYFT exercises so there’s a nice variety for whatever inspires you to move your body on that day.
When doing some activity on your own, you can always update your fitness tracker manually and choose as well from a variety of activities. They can include more traditional ones, like running, cycling, yoga, as well as activities which include other people like basketball, soccer and US football. Then after you choose your activity, you select the duration of that session and the perceived level intensity. This last value can be very important in tracking your progress across time and seeing if a certain activity is still a challenge for your body or if you developed higher resistance after training for a set period of time.
Since fitness goals can’t be generalised for everyone, the 360Wellness Tracker helps you personalise your goals by asking you to select the age group you belong to: under 17, 18-64 and 65 and over. It also helps you understand how much you should focus on fitness as it includes a weekly goal of medium intensity exercise (150 minutes) backed by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, that doesn’t mean that everyone needs to stick to this weekly goal. You can still personalise it further and input your own fitness goal, which can range from 1 hour to 35 hours of activity per week.
As a result, the 360Wellness Tracker is there to guide you and keep track of your fitness journey rather than telling you what to do. I find it easier for people to tailor their goals based on their personal preferences and ambitions, it makes fitness on the whole more enjoyable.
The 360Wellness Tracker allows you to also track the progress of your diet and the foods that you eat. Due to the wide variety of diets, you can choose which one suits you best. Among the six options there are the keto, high-carb low-fat, omnivore and vegan diets and, in case you find a more suitable diet for you since when you downloaded the app, you can always manually change it and continue to keep track of your nutrition.
The 360Wellness Tracker on iOS or Android also collects points which will then form your overall Wellness Score twice a week and nutrition it’s quite important when it comes to improving your score. So if you eat nutritious meals which belong to the high-quality food category, you add the portions of proteins/carbs/nuts/veggies/fruits by pressing the ‘+’ button and then you gain a certain amount of points. However, if you eat ‘junk food’ which is considered to be part of the low-quality foods category, then you lose Wellness points.
This points’ system can encourage to eat better and possibly abandon unhealthy eating habits so you can achieve a higher Wellness score and keep yourself on track of this mental and physical health journey.
The 360Wellness Tracker also includes a recovery section which combines your sleep duration and other recovery methods that can help you unwind and relax. When logging into your recovery section for the first time, you’ll be asked to personalise it and register your ‘minimal sleep required’ which is the amount of res hours needed for you to be functional. It will also ask you to put in your ‘optimal amount of sleep’ which allows you to be fully rested to start your day at your 100%.
Furthermore, recovery is not only about sleep but consists of other techniques too, which include various therapies to relax and rest your muscles. Among the recovery techniques, you can choose acupressure, balneotherapy, massage as well as more social activities that help your brain to unwind and build relationships, like board games, reading and listening to music.
The Wellness Score also takes into account the recovery techniques you log onto the app, so for every activity related to the recovery section, you’ll gain some points. This is important as wellness doesn’t mean only how much you move but also considers the time that you dedicate for yourself to restore energy and recover.
When logging into the Feel section of the 360Wellness Tracker on iOS or Android, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that it asks you to choose three emotions, among positive and negative ones, to describe how you feel at the start of the day. This is a nice way of journaling your emotions and seeing how your mood and energy levels change throughout the weeks.
You might be interested in knowing how you felt a certain day and how that impacted your overall wellness. The Tracker it’s there to help you easily measure your feelings throughout the week and it provides you with a personalised Feel report every other day. The Feel report is also quite comprehensive in understanding your emotions and includes 40 different mood states ranging from happy to confused to open. This will allow you to visualise your emotions and their impact on your wellbeing, reminding you to take care of your mental health as well as your physical one.