Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
What is health?
What is wellness?
If I'm fit, does that mean I'm healthy?
If I'm overweight, does that mean I'm not healthy?
How can I be healthy?
If I'm healthy, do I have to sacrifice everything and be the party-pooper in every social situation?
I've been interested in health and wellness forever. In my pursuit of optimal health and wellness, I've continued to ask one simple question: What are the fundamental pillars of health and wellness? If you Google 'health and wellness', you will get 10.6M search results outlining health and wellness resources, all at your fingertips. And, admittedly, it's a little bit overwhelming. Who do you trust? What sites are your go-to sites for health and wellness information? How do you know what is right and what is wrong?
There is a lot of clutter and misleading information in the world. Over the last five years, I've tried to identify ways to think about health and wellness from all angles and I've settled on three components that seem to always be present, no matter what I read or what fad takes hold in health, wellness and fitness. They feed off one another and are interrelated. These three components are:
- Mental / Emotional Health: Feed Your Mind. Feeding your mind and your soul leads to successful nutritional and fitness choices.
- Nutrition: Feed Your Body. Feeding your body with whole, natural and unprocessed foods allows it to work toward its optimal capacity.
- Movement: Feed Your Muscles. Moving, whether in a group fitness class or just in taking a walk, exercises your heart and does wonders for your mental state.
I want to dedicate this space to exploring and optimizing all three, and, hopefully offering some thoughts on how anyone can make changes in their own lives to optimize their health and wellness.