In the mid-2000's, I came upon and embraced the concept of wellness defined, by Bill Hettler, MD, National Wellness.org, as an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices towards, a more successful existence in the dimensions of emotional, physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, and occupational health.
This definition is holistic because each of us is more than our body weight or how we look in the mirror. And we have come to know that our body weight and how we look in the mirror is determined by a complex interplay among those listed dimensions. Yet, I appreciate the simplicity of Jonathan Ross’s definition of wellness as any behavior, large or small, that contributes to health and vitality.
Because of the complexity and demands of living, trying to add one more task, no matter how beneficial, can lead to doing nothing. Nothing and nowhere is not where health coaches want to lead their clients. Therefore, finding movements and behaviors that challenge balance, choices, or mental acuity such as performing familiar actions in different ways that might be done for a few minutes is a win.
You don’t have to do something for a long period of time for it to be considered wellness. These are not methods you need to use every single day. Rather, they represent a shift in the way you interact with the world as you move through it.
The exercises in the article, linked below, are just a sampling of ideas that you can adapt to your specific spaces and places. Some will work for you, while others won’t. The point is to figure out what works best for you. As an example, I have done a ball toss with my Fun Fit Warrior group for some time now. It develops mental acuity, your body, and group comradery.
● Ball Toss – Toss a ball to yourself or a partner while walking and add the following variations to increase the challenge:
- Bounce every third toss in the air.
- Toss the ball quickly back and forth between your hands or with a partner.
- Make every toss unique (behind the back, under the legs, around the torso, etc.).Check out additional exercises and the full article: