"Where does your journey begin?"
There are so many ways to describe wellness, it is the overarching umbrella that describes how we feel, how we live and exist. We see many personal trainers, exercise scientists and health teachers give different definitions of wellness. For this purpose, and to work with you on your journey, we will be gin with the 4 main components an individual needs to consider when beginning a lifestyle change.
If you could rate yourself on a scale, between 1-100, each of these pillars where do you land? Some people might be able to say that each pillar is worth 25% to them. They are able to spend equal time and effort in all aspects of their wellness while another individual could possibly struggle with fitness (10%) but have amazing connections (90%). When we look at wellness we begin with some basic questions. Why do you want to change? What is your motivation? What have you tried before? Most people can answer some of these questions in a couple sentences. "Well, I want to change/lose fat/gain muscle because my friend is getting married and I want to fit into my bridesmaid dress.", "I've tried all sorts of fad diets because they look appealing on the Internet and seem to work for other people.", "I'm motivated because my significant other wants to try exercising, and they seem to really want me to join them".
We look at these responses and want the person to dig deeper. How are you feeling on a day to day basis? Do you want to make a lifestyle change or just a quick fix to fit into that dress or suit in the next couple of months? Do you want to walk up a flight of stairs without taking a break or feeling like your lungs are exploding? Do you want to stop making excuses to your family and friends about certain activities because you feel like your health is not where everyone else seems to be. Wherever you are beginning, it's a journey.
As you get to know me, with my education, my passion for health & fitness, and my desire to go on this journey with you, educate you and help you find a lifelong change, I will provide you with the information that will last a lifetime. You have to trust the process, give yourself grace, be honest and dig deep to find that motivation that will get you started. Start thinking of those pillars. Find where you are and where you want to be. You can't base your motivation off someone else, their dreams or desires, you will find your own path, overcome obstacles and continue on this journey to a healthier, happier, lifestyle.
Bridget Rhine, Director of Health & Fitness