The Wheel of Health: Part Two

The Wheel of Health: What it is and how it can change everything! Part 2


Have you ever noticed that you can get really good in one area yet you let the others slip? Or you get great results for so long and then you plateau but you can’t think why? The wheel of health can help…

As we talked about last week, the wheel of health is a spider diagram allowing you to mark yourself out of 10 in several areas that affect your health. Why does this help? Many times, when people are trying to improve their health, they do very well with their exercise but after a while the improvements plateau. This can be very frustrating, especially when you feel like you’re doing ‘everything’.

What this tool can do is give ideas on how to break through the plateau, e.g. your exercise is going very well (you give yourself 8/10), but your sleep could be terrible (2/10). So improving the quantity and quality of your sleep could be the next challenge you take on.

But what is 10/10 sleep??

Marking yourself out of 10 in each of the categories is not an exact science, so please don’t worry about ‘doing it wrong’. It is more to help you get a rough picture of where you are in your journey today and everyone will be different. For example, if David Beckham exercises 3 times in a week he may only give himself a 3/10, but for someone just starting out that could be a 9/10.

Everyone will be radically different, but to help you get started, here are some generalised guidelines for each category. Working towards the following would help improve your scores (and therefore results) in each area:

Sleep: Getting 8-10hrs/night (the earlier the better), having your room as dark as possible with no electric devices on (this crucial category is often neglected but can turbo charge your health and fat loss goals) and how you feel in the morning are good indicators here.

Attitude: This can be a very difficult one to quantify, but one useful way to monitor this is by using a journal and asking friends. See how often you are using negative comments about yourself or situations and how you react to stressful situations.

Water: Any increase in this area is a good one. But as a general guideline you can use the formula Bodyweight (KG) x 0.033 to find a top target (in litres) to aim for.

Breathing: How often are you breathing with your diaphragm? The more the better, read here to learn all about it

Food: You can either mark your food intake as one column or break it up into meals. Whichever suits you best. The obvious markers of reducing processed foods, sugar and increasing colourful vegetables are ways to increase your score here.

Movement: This is deliberately called movement not exercise, as often times a good walk is as beneficial as a gym session. Increasing how much you move is one way to increase your score but a big positive is learning what movement makes you as an individual feel better!

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