Health Expert Series 2

Welcome to the second edition of my health series! If you haven’t read the first edition, then please click here. This month I wanted to pick the brains of my friend, Bertil. He is a passionate runner, father of a beautiful little girl, has run several (understatement) marathons and next to his full-time job also teaches a stretching course.

I hope you will enjoy reading this interview and please join the discussion in the comments  below. 

 

Here we go:

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Name, age, occupation: Bertil Muller, 36, Brandmanager Volkswagen

What does health mean to you?

To me, as a runner, health means being able to pull out the maximum power and endurance from my body, ideally at any time. This should be on a background of feeling balanced on a day to day basis. The mental balance is as important as the physical one, but for me, mind cannot work properly without the body.  

 How do you achieve this level of healthy?

Beside a regular 40h/week job, a life partner and a daughter I run approximatively 100km a week. I probably  exercise too much if I only consider my physical health, but for me this is part of being healthy.

To achieve and more important, stay healthy I try to eat high-quality food. I start the day with fresh orange juice and rolled oats with nuts and honey. I do not eat too much meat, especially not every day and close the gaps between meals with fruits and nuts. Then during the week I try to get min. 7 hours sleep a night (if my daughter doesn’t wake me up earlier 😉).

At the beginning it could feel like time management and self-discipline, but when you begin to feel healthy and strong it becomes your normal way of life, your way to happiness. In addition, mental health comes from time spent with my family and my friends.

 Why is it important to be and live healthily?

For me it is essential to feel good and strong in my body. Being healthy is the key to my happiness and balanced life. How could one fully enjoy life without being as healthy as possible?

 Why are you an expert?

I am not sure I am an expert…but, I have found myself to be a rather respectable runner at the age of 35. Especially considering the fact that I spent my teenage years partying, drinking way too much  and smoking a whole pack of cigarettes a day. I never thought I would be considered a good consultant on health!

I have run 10 marathons with a personal best of 2 hours 39 min, 7 ultra-trails (including 2 victories) and 100s of other running competitions and still feel like I can improve my performance.

Without a healthy lifestyle these results would not be achievable in combination with a job, a family, and other hobbies.

What is your top health tip?

Health is very individual, for some people the physical part is the most important and for others it is the mental aspects. I would advice you to try and find the one thing that gives you the most satisfaction within your body and your life, and spend the most possible/available time on this one thing!

Thank you so much Bertil for this very interesting insight on your views on health. I totally agree that being healthy is very individual and we all have to find out what works for us!

If you want more information, please find Bertil on Facebook. He would love to share his running knowlege with you. He can also help you get started! 

 

Do you want to be part of my Health Series? Please email me. I would love to hear from you!

 

Want to know more about healthy living? Download my free mini ebook now. It contains great tips and tricks that have worked for me in my journey. Click here to get it. 

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What is it I do??

It has come to my attention that people don’t know what I do, so I will try to clarify in this blog post.

In short, I am a Health Coach and I help people live a more healthy life.

I work holistically and look at all areas of your life. We talk about your relationships, your career, your exercise routine and many other things. Living a healthy life is not only about eating right! You can eat as much broccoli as you want, but if you are not happy in your job or your relationship (or lack of), then you will never live a healthy and happy life!

A good food education comes first, as it is really important to nourish your body right! We are made up of lots of cells and other biological material and these cells need nourishment to survive and function properly. In other words, to live we need to eat! Not just eat, but eat the right things! 

Eating right, is pretty simple:

  • Eat less sugar, meat, dairy and processed foods and drink less caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks (juices and sodas).
  • Eat more vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds and drink more water!

Simple right?

Not really. If it were that simple then we wouldn’t have an overweight/obesity epidemic!

Unfortunately bad habits and poor food education has made it really hard to live healthy and free of ailments and disease.

Luckily there are people like me 😉 who can set things straight. I can help you change your habits and I can give you the real facts on food!

The difficult part when it comes to food is that there is really no right or wrong. I want you to rethink everything you have learnt about healthy nutrition since your childhood and focus on how you feel instead. The most important thing is to listen to your body, not what the media (or even the government) tells you! You know your body better than anyone else!

We have forgotten how to listen to our bodies. Babies and children do it really well, but as adults we forget how. I am here to help you learn how to listen to your body again. What works and what doesn’t work! And remember, we are all different, so what works for one person doesn’t have to work for another. One persons food, can be another persons poison.

 

But food is not everything.

How is your work/life balance? Do you have time to have fun? Are your relationships draining you or energizing you? Do you live the life you want to live?

These are important questions and we discuss them during our sessions. We are less likely to overeat or binge or treat ourselves poorly when we are in a place of true happiness. We don’t need comfort food, if we are comforted by life. So we need to look at all areas of your life and how they affect you! When these areas are looked at and processed, then what we eat becomes secondary.

It’s all about treating yourself right, being kind to yourself and nourishing your body. This is the goal. No matter what your actual goal is, whether it is weight loss, increasing the quality of your sleep, increasing your energy, finding a good work/life balance or feeling better about your body and yourself.

 

So how does coaching work? We start with a FREE health discovery session. This is a 40 min session where we talk about your main health concerns and we find out how I can best help you.

If you decide that Health Coaching is right for you, then you sign up for my 3 months program. By signing up you will get a total of 6 biweekly 50 minutes sessions for 3 months. During these sessions we talk about your goals and how you will accomplish them. We talk about the issues that come up during the process and together we find out what works and what doesn’t work! I am your guide, I hold you accountable and I give you a space to focus on YOU and YOUR HEALTH!

 

I also offer Group Coaching. It is cheaper and you have the advantage of being with like-minded people who can support each other which leads to more success. Read more about the advantages, including date and time here

 

This is your journey to a better life!

 

Are you ready? Schedule your first session now! It’s free and there is no obligation. Email me with any questions you should have or book a session now

Want to know more about healthy living? Download my free mini ebook now. It contains great tips and tricks that have worked for me in my journey. Click here to get it. 

 

 

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