"To change your body, you must first change your mind."
Nils Maes is a former elite athlete. He started his career as a ballet dancer at the English National Ballet and the Paris Opera. He then moved on to studying martial arts and trained for 2 years with the Olympic team in China. As a gym owner and personal trainer, movement is still a very important part of his life. “A healthy mind in a healthy body” is a way of life for Nils. Due to his own injuries as a result of putting too much stress on his body for many years, he became interested in ways to heal the body and stay healthy in the long-term.
Sarah Cherif is the founder of www.cute.solutions and www.skillsgym.com. Both companies focus on helping individuals, teams and organizations build new habits. For more than 15 years, CUTESolutions has been succeeding in building skills through the method of habit change in the area of soft skills (communication, personal productivity, leadership,…). And for years, clients have been asking Sarah “Why don’t you have a well-being offer? Well-being is all about building good habits!”. But as an evidence-based organization, Sarah and her team, decided that as long they did not have a way of measuring impact, they did not feel comfortable bringing such an offer. And that’s why the collaboration with prof. dr. Carlos Van Mieghem changed everything, because now there was a way to measure and assess the impact of small habits on a person’s physical health!
Lifestyle Medicine is a comprehensive approach to human health. Rather than treating the acute symptoms of disease or injury, which is the purview of conventional medical practice in hospitals and doctor’s offices throughout the West, lifestyle medicine focuses on adopting holistic strategies that can prevent, treat and even reverse the progression of chronic diseases through changes in the basic foundations of health, such as sleep and diet.
Blue Lifestyle Lab was developed with the best science available on human health and wellbeing, highlighting the pillars that sustain not only a long life, but an active and enjoyable life lived to the fullest. We take our protocols from Dr. Van Mieghem’s clinical experience and cutting-edge laboratory research, but also from the so-called “blue zones” around the world - places like Okinawa or Sardinia - where people on average live significantly longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Rather than working our way up from each potential cause of aging and disease on a molecular level in order to create a blueprint for healthy living, we can examine blue zones and work our way down from actual examples of populations that are already thriving. Blue Lifestyle protocols are inspired by the best practices among the centenarians of the world’s blue zones, backed by rigorous scientific studies, and adapted by our expert team to make them as simple, doable, and effective as possible.