It’s no surprise that Americans are on a slippery slope when it comes to healthcare. With access and affordability to health insurance hanging in the balance, it’s more important than ever to take care of your mind, body and spirit.
With today’s technology and superior level of healthcare in the United States you may be asking why you should be so concerned? Why is health and wellness so important?
Health focuses on the physical and mental body being free from illness, injury, or disease. Health is a goal you work to achieve. For example, managing chronic conditions such as lowering your blood pressure or controlling diabetes are goals to be reached, as are losing weight or strengthening your heart through cardiovascular exercise.
Many chronic diseases, like hypertension and type 2 diabetes, are on the rise. The most frightening statistic is that they are becoming more commonplace in young children. Often these diseases are a result of unhealthy eating habits and increased weight gain.
Dietary habits established in childhood often carry into adulthood. Today, about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese and the prevalence of obesity in children has more than tripled from 1971 to 2011. Teaching children how to eat healthy at a young age will help them stay healthy throughout their life.
Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is the spirited process of change and growth that lasts for a lifetime. Wellness addresses the broader spectrum of your body encompassing the overall balance of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It speaks to the way you live your everyday life. It is not an end to be achieved, rather it is a lifestyle that you adopt.
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to living a higher of quality life. As a parent it is imperative to cultivate a culture of wellness as a family. Wellness matters! Why does it matter? It matters because your well-being not only effects your emotions, it also effects the emotions of your children.
As a parent, it is important that you set a positive example. Your children’s attitudes and actions will model your behavior; it’s an ongoing circle. The psychological effects to obese children can be devastating; they are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image, and depression.
Your body is a direct reflection of what’s going on in your mind. In order to be successful improving the quality of your life you must change your mindset.
You can’t wait until everything is just right because it never will be. There will always be hurdles to leap and challenges to be faced.
Stop wearing your ‘busy-ness’ like a badge of honor. Stop feeling obligated to be reachable 24/7 by people that have a warped sense of urgency. Stop being hijacked by the needs and desires of others.
Knock it off with all the talk of ‘The Terrible Too’s’; too busy, too tired, too hard, too early etc. You have the ability to control your destiny. Your future is wide open and you can create it by what you chose to do.
By quieting your mind, building your body, and nurturing your spirit you will be well on your way to achieving your health and wellness goals. Work toward a state of well-being and you will see your lifestyle begin to improve.
Care for your mind, body and spirit and begin to lessen the occurrences of disease and illness. An enhanced quality of physical and mental fitness is the answer to your question ‘Why is health and wellness so important?’
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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