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Striking the right balance in order to have happy life

By Abi Jackson

Published 02/07/2015

Fitness class at Somuchmore (
Fitness class at Somuchmore (
Johannes Klose, co-founder of Somuchmore

You're perfect as you are ... Eat well, exercise and meditate for your own enjoyment and enhancement.

Isn't that a great philosophy?

The fitness and wellbeing world is full of mottos and maxims that, while on the surface are meant to be motivational, can sometimes be anything but.

Take all those 'fitspo' feeds on social media telling us to 'go hard or go home', or implying that being fit means rock-hard abs and looking good in teeny-tiny Lycra.

What if you can't really 'go hard', but do still fancy doing some exercise? What if you've no realistic desire to achieve Instagram-worthy stomach muscles, but do, as it happens, really enjoy working out?

We're all different - we have different goals, different interests, different strengths and limits - and that's okay. The point is, we can all still benefit from taking care of ourselves, doing things that are good for us and that make us happy, and we all have the right - and responsibility - to do that. How that looks won't be the same for everybody - and that's what I love about the philosophy above.

These are words I heard at the UK launch of Somuchmore (, a wellbeing membership scheme that originated in Europe.

Members pay a monthly fee and, though an online community, get access to hundreds of fitness classes, as well as things like meditation and nutrition workshops.

The aim isn't only to give members more choice and access for their money, but to nurture a holistic approach to living.

If holistic sounds a bit hippy-dippy, don't let that put you off.

It just means balance, looking at the whole picture, rather than individual components - and that makes a lot of sense.

For example, if you've prioritised work to the extent that you're not getting any decent sleep and are constantly run down and anxious, you might have a big 'tick' in the career box, but the whole picture probably isn't that rosy.

Or if you've taken your healthy-eating regime to such extremes that you can no longer socialise with your friends, is it really that good for you?

Balance is far more achievable than perfection, and chances are your life will be more joyful as a result too.

Somuchmore recently launched in London, and they're hoping it'll roll out across the UK in the future.

In the meantime, co-founder Johannes Klose shares some more pearls of wisdom ...

Somuchmore seems to be about fitness, nutrition and mindfulness mediation. Is this 'whole' approach central to your philosophy?

"100%. How do you propose to get the most out of life and living by ignoring an aspect of your personal being?

"We are animals who have evolved over time and instinctively had to use all elements of our being to survive. To neglect any part of our persona is detrimental to our general wellbeing, and sanity.

"Why do people go stir-crazy when they haven't exercised enough or when they are not feeding themselves with the right nutrients?

"Our bodies get misaligned and imbalanced. To understand the way we work, we need to listen to our bodies and nourish them with the movement, food and contact with nature and human contact they deserve."

Society has tended to put a lot of emphasis on certain things - like career success - and it's easy to forget, or not realise, how all aspects of our lives (sleep, exercise, socialising) can all feed into each other. Do you think there's more to success than selling your soul for your career, could true success be about balance?

"We believe eternal happiness stems from revealing, identifying and enhancing your true potential in life. The definition of success can mean many things to many people.

"Yes, some people still rank their success by their pay check, or the new car they've just bought, or even the amount of designer clothes they have. But strip them of their consumerist trophies and they have nothing.

"What really matters is how you feel about yourself, and how your life affects those around you. If you are content that you radiate happiness internally and externally, then to us you have found 'success'."

Lots of us have a tendency to compare ourselves to others, and measure our own achievements to others, particularly where exercise and fitness are concerned, and it can lead you to think, Well I'll never be as fast/good/fit as them, so what's the point? What are the rewards of letting go of that urge to compare, and just doing things for ourselves?

"Freedom. Once you are at one with yourself, you are at one with the universe.

"It's the internal seeking and profound understanding of who you are, and the greater good of the world around you, that humbles humankind and restores a sense of contentment in your daily life.

"Digital platforms, press and all forms of media, including the more aggressive and unavoidable social media platforms, feed us with images, photos and videos of societal 'perfection'.

"The six-pack, the bronzed, toned physique, whiter than white teeth, thick manes of hair ... Strip yourself away from streams of societal labelling and you will find that by not comparing yourself to anyone around you (including the people you follow on Instagram or watch on TV), you will create a sense of serenity in your life. That's the Somuchmore moment. The experience of being completely happy with your true self, and smiling as a result."

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