What does it mean to be truly well? How does movement activate a state of well being? What motivates us to stay on the path to well being?
These are questions that fascinate me in work and life. I am continually energized by the sciences of movement and of motivation. I am continually inspired by people on the journey to their own true well being.
This blog strives to inspire us all keep moving in a healthy way on our path to well-being.
Guided by scientific principles and research, I provide information about exercise, movement and motivation in a “user-friendly” way , dispel myths that lead us astray, and offer solutions to barriers that keep health at bay (and no, everything won’t be as poetic. ☺)
Through decades in the field of clinical exercise, working with people with elevated body weight, heart disease, diabetes, disabilities, arthritis, depression and anxiety, there is one common thread – when the body is active, it activates well-being.
Our ancestors were motivated to move for survival… get food, flee danger, build shelter. Our bodies still need movement to be healthy and “survive”– but without the very urgent need for food, safety and shelter – motivation needs to come for another source. Fortunately, there is one commonality between us and our ancestors – we have a strong internal desire to be well.
The human body was designed for movement. However, with the ever expanding number of “energy savers” in our lives – online shopping, automatic doors, electronic communication – we are movement-deficient.
Interestingly, the fitness trends since the 1970’s have not motivated more people to get moving. We know more about fitness, have more ways to get exercise, more information is available than ever before….. still the majority of the population does not move enough. One has to ask what the heck is going on?
I see so many people missing out on the benefits of movement because motivation is sapped by pain, injury, chronic illness, complicated schedules, negative experiences with exercise/sport, long commutes, lack of equipment, not knowing what to do, or just plain feeling lazy. I believe no-body should miss out on this chance to be well and enjoy life. Given reliable information, new skills and various types of support, I have witnessed thousands of people rediscover the enjoyment of movement and their enjoyment of life.
But, what does it mean to be well? As I will elaborate on in my next blog post, being well is much more than being healthy and following the “right” health behaviors. It is a dynamic and fluid process, one that needs continuous evaluation, updates, and activation.
Please share this blog and share your thoughts in comments. Together, let’s support each other in being truly well.
Janet Huehls, MA, RCEP, CHWC