The active process through which you become aware of, and make choices towards, a more balanced life
A conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving your full potential
A multi-dimensional and whole-self lifestyle
The World Health Organization defines health as a "state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
Improving one's wellness means reducing risk of disease while considering the many factors that affect the WHOLE person.
Eight Elements of Wellness
Regular physical activity is proven to help prevent and manage non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and several cancers. It also helps prevent hypertension, maintains a healthy body weight, and can improve mental health, quality of life, and well-being. (World Health Organization)
However, your body needs more than movement alone. Nutrition, hydration, sleep, rest, and medical care are all necessary components of physical fitness.
Spirituality is commonly viewed as a sense of purpose, direction, or meaning. However, it also refers to that part of us that connects with God and His Spirit. Being disconnected from Him leaves us feeling depleted and parched because He is the source of our meaning and purpose and He gives us our sense of balance and peace. He created within us an innate desire to know Him and when we neglect Him, we become dissatisfied with our lives.
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it should not be neglected. This involves keeping your brain and emotional health in tip-top shape. It will mean identifying, assessing and navigating through feelings that cause undue stress and anxiety.
Interestingly, the more you move the body the more you help the mind. Physical activity increases the flow of oxygen to the brain. It also increases the amount of endorphins, the “feel good” chemical, in your brain. Studies have shown that engaging in vigorous physical workouts can help battle depression and promotes a more positive outlook on life. It aids in the management of stress which can cause physical and mental harm.
The ability to engage in lifelong learning is key to intellectual fitness. It requires keeping the mind open, flexible, informed, and engaged. To be intellectually fit we must be willing to try new things and embrace new ideas. It is feeding the brain with adequate challenges to ensure it continues growing.
Relational fitness focuses on our daily interactions, the qualities of our relationships, and our satisfaction with time spent interacting with family, friends, and the community. It includes having an interest in and concern for the needs of others.
We are social beings. God created us that way. We were made for relationship. Well Now Fitness values people and we are all about developing social networks. Social relationships create support systems that carry you through life’s struggles. We acknowledge that people thrive best when they are interdependent on each other rather than independent of each other.
We are founded on the principle that we are all in this together. Everyone belongs here!! We do not compare or compete with others but cheer each other on in our individual journey to joy, freedom, and completeness!
Environmental fitness best describes our sense of safety, comfort, and connection with our physical surroundings. It includes the places where we live, learn and work, as well as our communities, country, and even the whole world.
It involves being a good steward of all our resources including time. If we can create a calm environment we will be able to experience greater peace.
Being financially fit refers to our comfort and satisfaction with earning, spending, and saving practices. It includes our sense of control and knowledge about personal finances.
Participation in activities that provide meaning and purpose is essential to our vocational fitness. Other elements include job satisfaction, performance, and professional development which includes employment as well as homemaking and volunteer work.
The philosophy and practice of Well Now Fitness is founded on the concept that wellness involves the WHOLE person: body, soul, mind, and spirit. We cannot live complete and whole lives if we neglect to take care of any one of the elements that make up our being. Each faucet of our lives is inter-connected. We must live integrated lives where all aspects of our being work together to make us a complete and better version of ourselves.