Transform Rockford by transforming your own health first

As residents of our community begin to focus on the goals of the Transform Rockford movement, the issue of community health improvement is beginning to come into clearer focus. For all the daunting work necessary to make our community one of the best in our country, the issue of health improvement could not be any easier. It’s what we’ve been saying at FitMe Wellness for the three years we’ve been in business. Move more. Eat better.
It may sound overly simplistic, but it is the truth. If members of our community made the decision to begin being active and to say no to junk food and oversized portions, many of the expenses born by our community to treat preventable illnesses, chronic absenteeism, and the prevalence of presenteeism, would be replaced with a healthier, more affordable to employ workforce. These items combined, cost our region over $200 million per year. That’s over $200 million dollars that local companies and organizations could instead invest in bettering our community.
So what entails moving more? At FitMe Wellness, we define “Moving more” as any organized form of cardiovascular, flexibility, or strength training that is more than what you’re currently engaged in. What we want to see is constant progression,the achieving of small goals, and setting new goals. For example, if your work keeps you sedentary, you chauffeur your kids around, and then you sit on the couch before heading to bed, you are moving nothing. Anything that you can do at this point is a move in the right direction. Getting into a club like FitMe Wellness to pursue organized physical activity 1 day a week is a huge improvement over where you currently are. If you find after a month that you’ve achieved the goal of coming once a week to your health club, then add a second day. Keep doing this until you’ve found the right number of days to exercise that doesn’t interfere with your life. Then start setting new goals, like attending a new class, trying a new piece of equipment, or working with a personal trainer, nutritionist, or health coach.
Eating better is also very rudimentary. If you’re eating garbage food, stop it! Remember that old adage of “You are what you eat”? It’s true. You’ll find that when you start eating better, you start feeling better.  Remember that eating healthier does not necessarily mean that you have to become a vegan! Cut all fast food out of your diet. Simply saying that you’re going to order the salad the next time at drive through is not realistic. Don’t tempt yourself by even going to a drive through. Start cooking with fresh ingredients. At FitMe Wellness, we’ve partnered with a local farmer to grow and deliver fresh vegetables and organic grains to our members, so that you can get into the club for a workout and leave with many of your ingredients for the week. Plan your weeks meals accordingly to make life easier for you. Dine out at one of FitMe Wellness’ participating restaurant partners, where the food is local & chef made, with all the dietary information in plain English printed next to the item name.
So the next time you see some lose weight quick scheme on TV, billboard, radio, or newspaper, remember the real solution is not quick, but it is easy. Move more. Eat better.
Greg Georgis is the Owner/Founder of FitMe Wellness, a health club offering a holistic approach to health, fitness and wellness. In addition to state-of-the art fitness equipment, group classes and private training, FitMe Wellness provides a variety of nutritional and wellness counseling opportunities to its members so they have the tools they need to reach long-term health goals.