Some brief thoughts on “wellness”

It used to be that “if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything at all.”  Now that we find ourselves tethered to our smartphones at all hours of the day/night, spending our lives at our desks or in the car chauffeuring our children to various after-school activities, “health” appears to be the furthest thought from our mind.  Our lives are about speed and expeditiousness.  We need to learn to slow down and take a little “me” time.

So, a few thoughts on best practices to help you begin to think about “wellness”.

  1.  “Wellness” is a neutral term.  It’s more of a concept of finding good health and fitness in an environment that reduces stresses found in everyday life.  It’s an internal dialogue you have with yourself to determine how well you feel.  There is no “one” answer to “what is wellness?”
  2.  Exercise a few days a week for at least 30 minutes to get your heart rate up.  When you get sick, you will recover better.  This is regardless of your weight.
  3.  Eat a diet high in good fats (nuts/fish), fiber, and whole foods (not processed).  You will feel better, have more energy, which will inspire you to move more.
  4.  Don’t dwell on items that bother you.  Schedule time in your schedule to deal with them and walk away from your troubles when that time is up.  Don’t allow those stresses to work themselves into your entire life.  Enjoy your life!
  5.  When you want to make changes, and they’re many in number or large in scope, break them down to small goals.  Take pride in reaching those small goals, as this will help inspire you to keep going.
  6.  Challenge yourself to eat more!  Change what “eating more” means from volume of food to types of food.  Eat more fruit.  Eat more greens.  Eat more new foods.  Be mindful of what you’re eating and challenge yourself to make small changes each week.
  7.  Drink water!  Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.  Your body needs it to function correctly.  Drink water throughout your day.  And drink water during your exercise routine.  Basically, drink water and avoid those sugary drinks!

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.