Truth In Wellness. It all starts with "Why"?
What is truth in wellness? Finding ‘truth’ in wellness is about asking the right question more than it is seeking the right answer. On a global level, these questions include ‘why are we overweight, unhealthy, and obese’? On the opposite end of the spectrum, the question is ‘why are some of us hyper-fit and what drives us to be that way?’ Individually, our questions include ‘why do we workout?’ and for many, ‘why don’t we?’ In looking at the cornucopia of fitness and wellness related media, it seems nearly all of it scratches the surface of what it is to be fit and well. Fitness periodicals, websites, and books all seem to read like a ‘how to’ or do it yourself manual – how to have washboard abs, how to swing a kettlebell with perfection, and how to lose that belly fat in just 30 days! While there is certainly nothing wrong with the desire to lose weight, have muscle tone, or refine your fitness related proficiency, none of these topics in and of themselves speak to the deeper meaning in fitness and wellness. My contention is that the focus for many with diet and exercise is almost solely about short-term change, while it should be about real and lasting change. Real and lasting change doesn’t happen from some ‘five ways to get fit’ bullet point list you read online. It happens from the willingness to examine yourself.
There’s an old adage that states you can either visit your goal or live at your goal. But ‘living’ at your goal requires introspective work and those nagging questions that many of us would just as soon not ask. My intention is to play a role in asking the questions that desperately need asking and in doing so help create meaningful dialogue where it comes to truth in wellness. Asking the right questions creates a sense of accountability and accountability is the common variable where it comes to making a lasting change. We all possess the courage to ask the right questions. Make no mistake though, change starts with asking that question - Why am I overweight? What am I running from? Why do I so desperately want a different body? Why am I addicted to something toxic?
The health care crisis, obesity pandemic, and disparity of fit and sedentary amongst our populace are issues that have many layers and plenty of blame. But to right our ships individually and collectively, it starts with the question ‘why?’