Understanding your body and mind
On the occasion of “World Health Day”, The Hive in collaboration with Human Fractal conducted a workshop on “The science of peak mental and physical performance”.
The workshop was aimed to provide an overview of scientific approach to health and fitness, involving 4 key principles:
1. Rooted in Science & evidence (so one can trust the recommendations)
2. Data driven (so one can avoid guess-work)
3. Results oriented (so one can know what to measure and expect)
4. Personalization (so it fits each one’s unique life demands)
The Science & Data driven approach to achieve peak wellness is becoming the new normal. Earlier this approach was used by top athletes to improve their performance but now with the affordable costs of diagnostics, wearables, algorithm driven digital systems (systems can look at more correlations & causations), tools and consumer awareness, it is possible for everyone to adopt the scientific way.
The workshop started by introducing the “health and wellness continuum” and 13 holistic health & fitness goals covering areas of body-recomposition, energy systems development, recovery, cognition & performance. This opened up the wide array of possibilities for one’s body as opposed to the popular weight-loss or muscle-gain goals.
It then covered a very interesting topic of decoding individual’s blood work and body composition data with live examples and case studies. Most times what appears “normal” on the blood tests may not be “optimal” for an individual, and thus the use of “optimal range” as opposed to “clinical range” is designed to uncover “dysfunctions” in the body.
Moreover, understanding the importance of hormones such as thyroid, inflammation, metabolic indicators, vitamin & mineral balance and other hormones in overall well-being was highlighted. This insight was a fresh perspective to the audience who were able to understand the top indicators to watch for and how a nutrition plan impacts the parameters.
The last section covered the use of health data and individual goals to design nutrition plan i.e. micro and macro requirements, the meal timings, the quantity intake and how to generate avoid list. The exercise design section, which includes various types of exercise such as cardiovascular, strength, power, stamina, balance etc also covered the “recovery” approach to training for maximizing results.
Overall the workshop was well received by audience as was simplified with visuals and case studies, examples etc. It was a great learning experience for our members.