Did you know that the average lifespan for a person living in the US is 78.74 years or 28,760 days? Did you know that more than 70 million individuals (28.9% of the adult population) over the age of 50 suffer from at least one chronic health condition? For someone fifty years of age 10,497 days of life remain – to live with a chronic health condition.
Look at that percentage – almost 3 out of every 10 adults lives with a chronic health condition. That in my opinion, is NOT living well.
How well you live your remaining days of life determines the quality of your life.
Living well is wellness. What do we mean by Wellness? Let’s begin by breaking it down into its two main parts; “well” and “ness”.
The dictionary defines “well” as:
In a satisfactory condition; good. As in “All is well.” Not sick, or diseased; healthy.
Cured or healed, as a wound.
“Ness” is a native English suffix attached to adjectives and participles, forming abstract nouns denoting quality and state.
In other words, “ness” is a state of being. So, wellness is the state of being healthy and not ill.
What is healthy?
Health is when all body systems, such as the muscular, digestive, and cardiovascular systems function as they were designed. Each system depends upon the others and none can function alone. Without a brain to produce the commands and a nervous system to carry the message, the heart would cease to pump.
Without bones, the human body would resemble the Blob and movement would be very different; we would roll and slither rather than walk. Without the respiratory system, oxygen would never enter the lungs and be carried to the cells. Without oxygen, we die.
The systems interact and are perfectly balanced to run in harmony
And keep us at our best; full of energy to maintain life, repair damage, provide sufficient energy for work/play, and keep the immune system strong to prevent illness and injury.
There are many varying degrees of health. The term “wellness” lacks the ability to identify those different levels, leading to optimum well being.
Is it logical to assume that a soccer player, who is active, is as “well” as a computer technician who who sits at a desk and works at a screen all day? Both could feel healthy. What if the computer technician feels exhausted at the end of his day, and goes home, eats a pizza for dinner, watches television to relax, and then falls asleep on the sofa?
Do they both have equal capacity for energy production? For stress recovery? For prevention of illness?
What if the soccer player also has a job working at a computer all day? Are they then, both equal in terms of wellness? The answer is “NO”.
For some, just getting through the day without aches and pain feels normal & healthy. For others, playing soccer after an 8 hour day at work, feels normal & healthy. What feels normal & healthy to you?
Have you considered the possibility, that you aren’t utilizing your maximum potential for well being in life?
What if it were possible to experience greater energy, increased strength, enhanced endurance? What if you would observe greater mental clarity, cognitive function and memory? What if you would never get sick or develop cancer?
Perhaps, you feel healthy and think everything is fine. What if you were missing out on something you didn’t even know you were missing? If someone left you a million dollars buried under a rock and you didn’t know about it, it wouldn’t change your life, would it? Because you didn’t know, your life would continue on as normal.
Now imagine someone told you where the rock was located and told you the million dollars was yours. Would you go? Many people living right now do not know they have untapped potential for better well being.
Even YOU, may have untapped resources that you don’t know exist.
I’ve been a coach for over 20 years. During that time, in all the thousands of people I’ve worked with, over 99% all had at least one or two living habits that could be improved upon to experience optimal well being. And in 100% of my clients, ALL experienced improvement in at least one of these areas: increased energy production, improved memory & cognitive function, enhanced immune function, improved body composition, and improved sleep quality.
Check back frequently for new blog articles. We will show you why the soccer player and the computer technician are not equal in terms of wellness. Stay tuned.
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