One of the reasons I started in the health and fitness industry years ago was to help others be as healthy as they could be. I knew way back then that we have control over a large portion of our health and wellness. Yes, there are times when we can get sick or injured and it is out of our control, but for the most part, chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease can be avoided. Plus, when we’re recovering from a disease, illness or injury, the healthier we are, the easier it is for our body to recover.
We’re all individuals. you may be wishing to get rid of nagging back pain or aggravated that no matter what you try you can’t get good sleep. Maybe your doctor has told you you’ve got to get your cholesterol under control or you know you need to lose weight. No matter what improvements you’re thinking you’d like to make, there first has to be a shift in how you think. You’ve heard the adage, Keep doing what you’ve been doing and you’ll get the same results. Or, What’s the definition of crazy? Keep doing what you’re doing and wish for different results. Many times it just seems easier to take a pill, get an injection or assume surgery can fix a problem. But here’s one more adage, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
But getting to the mental space of being ready to make changes can take work. Many times I recommend finding one small change that you can sustain and start there. This approach does work, but it takes time. Getting into a mindset of appreciating small wins instead of focusing on an outcome can help keep us on track. If the goal is to get better sleep, focusing on adjusting your evening routine to promote quality sleep, like finishing your evening meal 30 minutes earlier every day and sticking with it, is a win. Or, instead of getting on your computer after dinner, you go for a walk around the block and then read. When done consistently, these are wins and will start to improve your sleep.
Another way to track your progress for improvement is to use assessments. Let’s use the example that you’re trying to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Write down the date and assess how you feel, what is causing the stress and how you will either reduce or offset the stress. If you’re choosing to meditate to help with stress relief and you decide to meditate every day, even if it’s just for five minutes, write down how you’re feeling throughout the rest of the day when you incorporate a meditation practice into your life. After a couple of days you’ll be able to assess how meditation is working for you. This is a positive way to build healthy habits into your life and value the changes they’re making for you.
We can decide to improve our health and wellness. We can decrease our chances of chronic illness and pain. It all starts with our mindset. This is where having a coach can help. The 6 Pillars of Wellness 12-week program is open for enrollment. This is a small group program with individualized attention. You and I will be in touch all through the 12 weeks. We’ll work together using my ACTM Framework. We’ll Assess where you’re starting and Customize your program to fit your desired outcome, we’ll Tune and Refine throughout the 12-weeks to help you progress toward your desired outcome and we’ll work together to help with your Mindset all along the way. This program will help you put your healthy lifestyle in place so you continue on in a healthy direction long after the program has ended.