Are you Well?

If you had to take a Wellness Test today, would you pass? What if you had six months to prepare? What would you do? Eat less, exercise, reduce stress? Or do nothing and complain about the outcome. The good news is there’s probably not a wellness assessment on your calendar this month. The bad news is that means you can ignore your health for another year. After all, if you never review your wellness goals and habits, you don’t have to face the fact that you need to make some changes.

So, let’s pretend for a moment that you did have six months to prepare for a Wellness Test. Because in reality, you do have time to rewrite your future, even without a looming deadline. The first step is visualizing what that might look and feel like. Imagine waking tall, energized, feeling more productive and happy. Imagine eliminating some of your riskier behaviors like overindulgence or inactivity. Could you handle that?

Several small, intentional changes to your daily patterns can put you on the road to wellness. It might be as simple as changing your afternoon drink of choice from soda to sparkling water. (That’s a 2800 calorie reduction per month!) Or maybe committing to a 15 minute daily walk. (It might be so fun, you’ll walk a little longer!) Pick one habit to focus on for the first few weeks. Make it a priority until it becomes your new habit. After several weeks, you can move onto another small habit change, and before you know it, spring will be here, and you’ll be on your way to that vision of wellness you created.

Whatever you set as goals, start small, so you get to experience the thrill of success. Wellness doesn’t have to be some unattainable myth belonging to an elite group of athletes. Rather, it’s a state of being healthy and balanced in mind, body, and spirit. And that’s made possible through a series of small cleansing steps. Nothing feels better than realizing you are in charge of your life. It’ll change the way you see yourself and your future.

Now, bring on that Wellness test!

 

FitnessLisa Hautly