Why Human Connection Is Key to Achieving Optimal Wellness

As humans, we are wired for social connection, but many factors, such as stress and difficult situations can make us feel isolated. Being disconnected from others may lead to less energy, less effectiveness as we increasingly rely solely on ourselves, and even more stress.

Stress, combined with an ever-evolving modern lifestyle, can make it hard for people to be healthy. While technology has increased the amount of easily accessible health education, it can be difficult to differentiate good information from bad. This data overload can lead to feeling overwhelmed and losing interest and motivation.

There is something that can help with these common difficulties: a guiding hand from an experienced person.

The Power of a Personalized Approach to Wellness

Strong social connections play an important role in people being able to live healthier lives. According to researchers from the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, people with meaningful social relationships tend to have better health behaviors, like eating healthy foods and being physically active.

However, we also need to acknowledge a basic principle: there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to nutrition or fitness.

An Herbalife Nutrition independent distributor is well equipped – through regular training from our experts in nutrition, fitness, and coaching – to recommend a personalized nutrition and exercise plan that can help their customer achieve their wellness goals in a more efficient way.

This added value is the reason why our products can only be purchased through a distributor because there is so much more to a health journey than buying products over retail or searching for diet advice online. A personal connection with a distributor will not only provide clear directions and a personalized plan that is unique to each individual, but it will also offer social support, motivation, encouragement, and accountability.

Combined, these essential aspects can lead to lasting results.

4 Ways Our Distributors Help People Achieve Healthier Lifestyles

The work of our distributors involves three important aspects: transparency, empowerment, and a shift in perspective. It’s this personal, relational approach that helps their customers achieve results in a transformative way.

Whether the goal is to lose weight, train for a triathlon, or simply wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle, our distributors walk by our customers’ sides and coach them in many ways.

Here are just a few ways our distributors work in their communities:

Distributors coach customers and set clear, achievable goals.

Distributors are trained to help their customers set achievable goals and milestones when it comes to habit transformation. This helps customers build confidence in themselves, which is one of the most important components of performance. Confidence is a powerful force that moves a person to action and fuels them to persist despite obstacles.

Distributors also understand that confidence is built on small wins, which can keep a person motivated through their health and wellness journey. Distributors are prepared to establish a personalized plan ­– based on guidance and information developed by company experts – for each customer that can sustainably lead to an overall healthier life.

Distributors help identify behavior patterns and best approaches to individual needs.

Sometimes, unhealthy nutrition or fitness approaches are rooted in bad habits which are almost involuntary or automatic. There is a physiological reason for that: our brains use more energy than any other organ in our body, accounting for up to 20 percent of the body’s total energy needs. Thinking takes work!

An experienced distributor can observe patterns that customers may not notice and can help them identify what works best for them. They help customers form new habits towards adopting a new lifestyle that leads to the best, healthier version of themselves.

Distributors keep people motivated and accountable.

Starting a new journey might be filled with enthusiasm. But when weariness or lack of time gets in the way, motivation might flicker.

One of the main reasons why keeping motivated is hard is that change entails stress. Stress can make you feel frustrated, fatigued, or anxious. Those feelings can become the fuel of self-sabotage, causing you to lose motivation.

A distributor will support, encourage, and motivate customers to stay on track and focused. For many, having someone to answer to motivates them to act.

Distributors help people overcome limiting beliefs.

Sometimes, customers feeling like they can’t achieve a goal may not have to do with motivation but with limiting beliefs holding them back. Limiting beliefs might include thoughts like, “I don’t have the discipline to exercise regularly,” or “I don’t have the willpower to eat healthy.”

Distributors can help their customers recognize they have the ability and responsibility to take ownership of their actions and motivate them to push forward rather than feeling left behind.

A helping hand can make a difference when trying to lead a healthier life. Seventy percent of Americans believe that a strong support system is needed to achieve weight and fitness goals. Good habits are tough to establish, so having a community around you for support –like the one provided by distributors’ nutrition clubs around the world – can be critical.

In the end, it’s the results that matter. Distributors share one common goal: for their customers to succeed in making lifestyle changes that will change their lives for the better.

Kent L. Bradley, M.D., MBA, MPH – Chief Health and Nutrition Officer

Kent L. BradleyM.D., MBA, MPH – Chief Health and Nutrition Officer

Dr. Bradley is a retired Army Colonel, graduate of the United States Military Academy and has a Master in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, an executive MBA from the University of Denver, and a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. He is board certified in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and holds a certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD.