The Basics of Being Well
What does wellness mean to you?
- Losing weight
- Having pain-free joints when you wake up in the morning
- Being active without injury
- Living the life you want instead of squeezing things in between doctor visits
- Eliminating daily stresses
- Better circulation without medication
- Waking up every morning ready for a new adventure
Wellness can be any of these things, or more. One person may want to climb mountains, another may want to live independently, and another may want to be able to keep meeting friends for a weekly basketball game. These are very different goals and may seem unrelated, but they have more in common than you might think. They all depend on the basics of body mechanics, the basics of nutrition, the basics of being well.
Most programs skip the basics, either because they are a hard sell – let’s face it, basics are not very sexy or flashy – or because there is an assumption that people already know the basics. As a 30-year veteran of the fitness industry, I am telling you that most people do not know the basics…just like I don’t know the basics of dentistry or mechanics or electronics. The basics of any discipline require knowledge and practice. Just because we have bodies does not mean that we are somehow endowed with the know-how and resources to take care of them. I have a car, but I rely on a mechanic; I have electricity, but I am not going to rewire anything anytime soon. There is a learning curve to everything, including our health and well-being.
Wellness is about creating habits that promote health; health is about optimizing nutrition, movement, environmental conditions, and emotional/mental activity to work together and support each other. In other words, wellness is creating healthy habits for mind, body, soul, and handling outside influences. It’s about balance and taking care of yourself.
What factors influence health and well-being?
- Muscular strength
- Aerobic strength
- Chronic stress
- Social networks and relationships
- Financial stability
- Physical environment
- Cognitive function
This is only a partial list of some of the major factors that affect us every day. It is my goal, and the goal of Aging Balance, to create and teach safe, simple methods to address these factors (except for financial stability – that is somebody else’s wheelhouse), and, in the process, to promote a balanced lifestyle.
Crash diets and exhausting workouts do not fix any problems; balance can. Life balance. Learning to like yourself and make health-promoting choices on a regular basis moves you in the right direction. Knowing the consequences of your actions – good and bad – puts you in charge of your health. Aging Balance isn’t about being perfect; it’s about taking responsibility, making positive choices, and improving your health and well-being. Aging Balance can help you.
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