What is Wellness?

By Kenny Robinson

What is wellness? “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – The World Health Organization

The road to a fit and functional body does not begin and end with losing a couple of pounds, refraining from red meat, eating more greens or joining a gym. The journey begins with the right mind set and attitude. It starts by developing those habits that help you become the best you can be. It is not a radical change in lifestyle, but a gradual modification of how you live your life.

Most of us know what we can do to improve our overall fitness. Incorporating those changes into our daily routines can be challenging.

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Enjoying a natural sauna in Costa Rica

It is the small things that we do daily that will provide the biggest impact in our lives. For instance, taking the steps when possible instead of the elevator. Parking at the far end of the parking lot and taking the extra steps to get to the front door of the store. Eating a single helping of food instead of two, enjoying a salad for lunch or dinner instead of a big heavy meal, and eating in season fruits or nuts for snacks instead of candy bars or junk food, or ordering our lattes with unsweetened almond milk instead of syrup. Doing this for a few weeks will cause more than a few pounds to drop.

Food and exercise alone do not make us healthy. The amount of negative stress in your life can over stimulate your body making you look worn and feeling old. Meditation and yoga are great tools for dealing with stress. Sometimes when life seems overwhelming and sends us into a downward spiral of disillusion and frustration, tools like journaling can be helpful and other times a therapist or counselor may be the best answer.

Being well is a conscious effort. Everyone is different and our requirements are different even if we seemingly suffer from the same issues. What will help us in the long run is an open mind and a toolbox of information that we can use to help carry us through this journey called life.

 

 

Author: higherthanmostonyoga

Kenny is a writer and avid yoga practitioner. His background includes a masters degree in sports/exercise psychology, national certifications in strength and conditioning, holistic nutrition, martial arts, and yoga. Kenny is member of the National Conditioning and Strength Coaches Association (NSCA) and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City, Bowie State University and Argosy University. He along with his wife own Bull Dawg Athletic Training and Physical Therapy in Arlington, Virginia.