‘Quality over quantity’ is a phrase often used but seldom adhered to. Many of us spend much of our working lives striving to go further and produce more. While this can be great for our finances and productivity levels, it can easily lead to burnout – much to the detriment of our physical and mental health.

Similarly, over the past few decades, life itself has become more about quantity – we’re living for a greater number of years – than quality. Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over the age of 60 is predicted to nearly double, from 12% to 22%. By this stage, there will be an estimated two billion people aged 60 years and older. This is testament to the incredible developments in medical science and the breakthroughs in treatments that are extending lives.

However, quantity of years doesn’t necessarily equal quality of years. The definition of an ‘older person’ may have shifted, but that hasn’t necessarily meant that the problems and challenges associated with later life have magically disappeared. Long-term conditions remain prevalent in older people; in the UK, for example, 58% of people over 60 suffer from a chronic condition, compared to 14% under 40.

Pushed to the limits

Our ever-growing quantity of years hasn’t stopped many of us trying to operate at peak levels. We spend our days pushing ourselves to do more – whether that’s delivering to work deadlines or pushing our bodies to their physical limits. Maintaining these levels of output is exhausting and – ultimately – unsustainable. Workplace burnout is ever more common, for instance, while many athletes struggle to regain physical wellbeing after high-impact careers.

We think it’s time to shift the focus from quantity to quality. Quality of life and quality of experiences. Living longer is great, and performing at peak levels is also great – but only if the years we’re living are years we’re living better, and only if that level of performance is sustainable.

Five flagship medical programmes

These principles have guided the creation of a unique range of medical programmes that will be available for clients to pursue at Evolène Santé. Our flagship programmes – Back @ Your Best, Stress pre-burnout, Post-oncology, Metabolic Conditions, and Back to Sports – are based on health restoration and use cutting-edge integrative medical techniques embedded in evidence-based practices.

At Ptarmigan Health Destinations, we’ve also taken on board the ‘quality over quantity’ mantra. By focussing on just five flagship medical programmes we’ve ensured that each will delivered by the most experienced practitioners in their sector, and tailored exclusively to the needs of each client. We are working exclusively with Centre de Médecine Préventive & Intégrative, part of the Hirslanden group of Swiss clinics. You can be assured of Swiss quality diagnostics and medical procedures, all under the care of top doctors.

These needs aren’t just those that begin and end at Evolène Santé either. There’s little point in a programme that’s big on quantity during a client’s stay – packing in exercise, new routines, faddy diets, short-term goals etc. – if these approaches aren’t sustainable when a client returns home. Instead, each medical programme involves a personalised multi-disciplinary approach based on agreed, long-term objectives. We focus on lifestyle changes designed to treat the whole individual rather than a specific problem, and which can be implemented at Evolène Santé and lived far beyond.

Getting life-fit

In terms of exercise, for example, this means a shift from the common idea of ‘gym-fit’ – which all too often gives temporary results – to a mindset of ‘life-fit’. Conscious movement, expeditions in the beautiful Evolène Valley and personal training sessions based on individuals’ needs and abilities help ensure our clients get long-lasting results, and learn skills that they can continue to practice after their stay.

Today, we’re working longer, we’re performing longer, and we’re living longer. More isn’t always better though, which is why we have developed specific, evidence-based medical programmes to ensure that quality of life exists in harmony with quantity.