The World Health Organization defines wellness as “...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” It is widely believed that we all have a great amount of control over our day-to-day health and wellbeing.
well·ness/ 1. the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.
What we eat, how we move, even what we think all have a direct effect on how we feel physically and mentally. When we eat nutritionally dense, health-promoting foods we are actively strengthening our immune system. We’re positively affecting our bodies at the cellular level to help protect us from disease. Food should be considered our medicine and vegetables as disease preventers.
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our wellbeing. In turn, our wellbeing directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions. *
In our busy, fast paced 24-7 world it’s hard to find time for ourselves. What we have to do is make time. We all get the same 24 hours! When we carve out even 30 minutes a day to move our bodies in a way we enjoy we reap almost immediate benefits. It is well known that exercise helps us better manage stress; it promotes good sleep and keeps our bones and muscles strong. It’s not a magic fix but staying fit will help us achieve our ideal weight. Add in good nutrition and portion control and you’re on your way to a healthy weight.
One of the best side effects of exercise is that it almost automatically lifts our spirits and enhances our cognitive ability. In fact exercise is the best, all-natural mood enhancer known to man. Outdoor exercise is especially beneficial because we connect with nature too.
The combination of eating healthfully, exercising regularly in a way we enjoy and living each day consciously will help us achieve total body wellness.
Practicing mindfulness and staying in the moment lead to a better appreciation of our lives and can bring us closer to inner peace and contentment. Mental wellness is an equally important contributor to our good health and wellbeing.
The journey to become the best possible version of ourselves is ongoing as we learn new information almost daily. Any time is the right time to make changes for the better. But there really is no time like the present!
Challenge yourself to be your best self.
Do it on your own or join the Total Wellness Challenge