Never before have we had access to such an abundance of information on health, wellness and fitness.
Today, we have at our fingertips numerous solutions on how to get our body in prime shape – HIIT, performance-based training ,yoga, boxing, running, Pilates, etc. accompanied with countless sources of information on what nutrition or diet is best for us ( keto, paleo, intermittent fasting, portion control, Ayurvedic, which supplements to ingest, etc. ).
In addition, we’ve seen increasing emphasis in mainstream media on the connection between mind and body. Its role in our overall wellbeing has added an additional dimension with the importance and necessity of meditation and spirituality in our lives.
Whilst it may be great to have all this information so readily available, this (over) abundance of information also brings a lot of confusion in most people.
How does one sort out all this expertise to choose what does works best for them? How should I eat? Train? Nourish my spirituality?
Help my family and loved ones answer these same questions? Not to mention making all this work without investing an inordinate amount of time and money.
I’ve always been fascinated by the mind and body connection. Over the last few years, this fascination has grown to somewhat of an obsession. I’m constantly trying new things, new combinations of systems, tools, and methods that will lead you to a higher state of performance.
I believe that “Everyone is an athlete in the game of life”. I’ve always been an athlete and sport has always been my refuge. From basketball, volleyball, tennis, boxing, surfing, performance training it’s always been in my DNA to try new sports and if possible get to competition type levels at it.
I’ve founded Focus Athletics one of south east Asia’s first end to end sports performance and rehabilitation facilities which turns 7 this July. Constant problem solving on how to improve the client’s performance at their sport of choice or get them back faster from injuries has taught me to keep on evolving in terms of giving them the best possible solutions- on and off the field.
Lastly, I’ve always been spiritual. I’ve always respected the fact that there is a higher power constructing the roadmap in our lives and try to live my life in alignment with this belief.
Lately, I’ve really tried to embrace yoga and meditation to really find ways to calm the mind, speed up physical recovery and improve my focus when it comes to all facets of the grind that this life brings.
So back to the mind and body connection. I’ve always been asked by clients, family, and friends and ask myself daily: “How do I get into the best shape of my life, with all these external factors happening?”
I’ve narrowed it down to 3 pillars: Sport. Spirit. Strength.
Three multifaceted pillars that if combined in a continuum inside of a training system and done daily could greatly help you achieve that holistic mind and body formula of high performance.
These last six years I’ve been living, working and learning in an environment of growth- in the workplace and at home. Work has provided me the opportunity to head a team that has our clients well-being at the forefront finding performance solutions not just for our country’s top athletes but as well as individuals striving to perform at the same levels.
Home life has brought about adversities and pressures that forces one to find solutions to stay afloat, survive and come back strong to win the next day.
I’m probably not alone in facing these everyday challenges, so I decided to start this column in the hopes of empowering people towards making informed decisions in regards to wellness and performance.
Everything I’ve learned when it comes to leveraging and harnessing the convergence of Sports, Spirit and Strength, I’d like to truly share the opportunity to be better in this game of life is one that we all deserve.