How do hotels not only help their guests feel good; but support their journey to a long and healthy life?
We asked wellness, health and lifestyle expert Celine Vadam, following the release of WE(i) Think’s latest magazine on Longevity.
Let’s start by looking at definitions. Longevity incorporates the concepts of durability and quality, meaning that living a long life is not enough, this life needs to be lived well and in good health.
While life expectancy measures lifespan, healthy life expectancy provides an indication of the quality of this life with the number of years lived in good health, which are reducing according to the latest data. We live longer but we spend more and more years in poor health, as highlighted with the increase of chronic disease.
A great indicator of overall health is the biological age. Is that different from your chronological age? It can be! Your biological age is referring to how old your cells and tissues are based on physiological evidence, while your chronological age indicates the number of years you've been alive so far.
Spoiler alert: your biological age can be younger than your chronological age if you are healthy… or older if you are not.
What should we do to be healthy (and biologically young)? We probably all know the answer to that: move well, sleep well, and eat well. Why is nutrition so important? Because everything happens in the gut!
Not only is it home to 70% of the cells making up our immune system, but it is also directly connected to our brain and emotions, being responsible for our mental, physical, and emotional health. Worth taking care of!
I hear you, although we know what to do to live a long and healthy life, we do not necessarily put all our knowledge into action. Some has to do with paradigm and awareness, and that’s something maybe for another article.
But one thing that you might want to look at and which is also one of the wisdoms from areas of the world where people live the longest (identified as the Blue Zones) is your environment: your home, your work, your social network, your community.
Making the healthy choice the easy choice is the best way to set yourself up for success. And this is also the approach that can be implemented in hospitality ventures to support guests and employees in their wellness journey: creating properties that encourage guests and employees to choose the healthiest options.
For WE(i) Think’s magazine on Longevity, I interviewed Clinique La Prairie, Six Senses, Chiva Som, and Fusion Hotel Group who shared their approach to longevity in their venues as well as how they implement it to create tailored guest and employees’ experiences.
5 Key Takeaways on Longevity for Hoteliers
We live longer but sicker. Longevity is about a long and free-of-disease life.
Your chronological age and your biological age can be different – for better or worse.
Your gut is a power place, take care of it: move, sleep, and socialize.
Your environment is a key factor of success for a healthy and long life.
Hotels of all categories, sizes, shapes, locations, can implement longevity principles to make the healthiest choice the easiest choice. Keep it fun, simple, and accessible to everyone.
Celine Vadam Celine Vadam is passionate about wellness, health and lifestyle and her goal is to help people live healthier, longer, and happier lives. As the founder & CEO of WE(i) Think, she spends her days working on a range of hospitality projects from initial development stages to operations and asset management, implementing wellbeing concepts from light to holistic, and liaising with the top brands in the industry, including in the health/integrative field. Celine is also a certified Health Coach, yoga teacher, and energy healer!