The 5 Factors of Health

The 5 Factors of Health

There are a variety of factors that have an impact on our health, and an overwhelming amount of (mis)information out there. CrossFit Brampton strives to provide evidence-based information on health and fitness*, that we will ensure is easy-to-understand and straight-forward to implement. To kick things off, we want to direct your attention to five factors of health (courtesy of Ben Bergeron). *Information provided by CrossFit Brampton is NOT meant to substitute medical advice/attention.

There are so many factors that contribute to our ability to stay healthy. We focus on the following 5 because they positively impact our health and we have control over them right now! We will link a reliable study (because not all studies that are conducted are reliable), to each factor; however, you should note that each of these factors is being suggested because multiple significant studies over the years have proved them to be important.

1. Eat. Real food, not too much, mostly plants. 

Plant based foods have been shown to reduce risk of disease

The food we eat directly impacts our health by contributing to or preventing cardiovascular disease, changing our hormones, changing our gut microbiome, and many other physiological processes. What you eat dictates whether you move towards disease or away from disease over the long run.

2. Sleep. 7 - 9 hours every night.

Sleep precedes moving because of its overall effect on our health. Studies have shown that depriving healthy people of sleep (i.e. less than 7 hours per night) for one week can bring people close to prediabetic blood glucose values; however, after 2 nights of more than 7 hours of sleep blood glucose levels returned to normal. 

3. Move. Train 3 - 5 times per week. Move more throughout your day.

Exercise to train functional movements across broad time and modal domains. Get up and move throughout your day (ideally every 30 minutes for 2 minutes). Our society is set up for sitting. We have to make an effort to move more. 

4. Think. Work to avoid complaining, excuses and negative self-talk. 

The power of positive thoughts is real! Studies even link thoughts of gratitude with a decrease in symptoms of depression. Looking at the positive side of situations rather than the negative can make developing healthy habits feel easier. For instance, replace "I have to workout" with "I get to workout"; the positive phrasing draws attention to the fact that we are healthy enough to exercise! 

5. Connect. Build deep, meaningful relationships.

The more people we have in our lives to talk to and rely on, the better our health outcomes. Did you know a common factor in communities where people live to be 100 years old is a sense of belonging?

You can expect more from CrossFit Brampton on each of these 5 factors of health over the coming months. June's focus will be "eat". Have you started Coach Brennon's challenge yet? If not head to instagram or facebook to get started! CFB members who complete the challenge will be entered to win a yummy prize at the end of the month!