What Is Wellness?
Wellness is one of the biggest buzzwords in our culture today. But what is wellness? What does it mean, and how can you achieve it? Finally, and most importantly, once you get ‘well’ how do you stay well?
Wellness is the pursuit of improved well-being. The Cambridge English definition defines it as ‘the condition of being healthy’. This is a very broad definition, and there are many schools of wellness. Well-being is by no means a new phenomenon in society. But it’s become a passionate pursuit for many people in the last few years. Particularly, as society has embraced the massive gains that come from being healthy.
Being fit, healthy and well does not happen by accident. Achieving wellness is a conscious, self-motivated process of reaching your own personal potential. It is a choice that you have to make for a more holistic life. Everything from your diet to your sleep to the music you listen to the books read will fall under your ‘stay well’ plan.
The 6 components of total Wellbeing
According to the National Wellness Institute, there are six dimensions of wellness: emotional, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and occupational wellbeing.
It’s no coincidence that the rise of wellness in our society has come about at the same time that consumer society has gone into overdrive, with the rise of a culture of instant gratification.
Wellness is a way that people can assert the primacy of their own well-being. And there are many ways to pursue a deep sense of total wellbeing.
Some people choose daily meditation to counteract the effects of constant smart phone use, and the intrusion of the internet into every aspect of their lives. Other people choose yoga to re-centre themselves after a stressful day in the office. Other people choose locally sourced organic diets as a way to boycott what the food industry is doing to the planet.
The Wellness industry
The wellness industry has taken shape over the past few years as millions of people have decided they need to improve their well-being. According to some research, there are over 5,000 businesses in America who have trademarked the word ‘wellness’ in their business name. Over the last decade, we’ve seen the rise of wellbeing gurus and influencers. These are self-made people with a passionate engagement in holistic living who know how to help people unlock their inner potential.
Wellness in the Workplace
One sign of how much society values wellness is more and more workplaces are implementing their own fitness and wellbeing modules. Corporate fitness and health has become hugely important for people in all walks of life. It’s not just something that people pursue outside of work. People have demanded staying fit and healthy should be part of their 9-5 routine. And employers are responding. Many companies, especially the multinational companies born out of the Silicon Valley, now offer exercise and yoga classes. They also offer flexible work hours, mental health programmes, free fruit and vegetables, and jogging groups for staff.
Fitness and wellness are not the same thing, but they are similar. But we can all introduce wellness, relaxation, and mindfulness to our fitness regime. If you were to work on improving your mental health and diet but neglect physical fitness, you’ll likely find your quest for true wellness incomplete.
In fact, fitness is a major driver of wellness with fitness and wellness increasingly intertwined. We improve our physical fitness when we run, lift weights and exercise. We nurture our mental health when we meditate and do activities like yoga and Pilates. Social, intellectual and emotional well-being can all be improved through a progressive fitness plan that accentuates wellness.
If being well is something you’re pursuing through exercise, it’s worth building a varied fitness plan that encompasses rigorous physical activity with more holistic exercise, like yoga.
Wellness at West Wood Club
If you’re serious about your physical and mental health, it pays to be a member of a fitness centre that values wellness as much as you do. West Wood Club fully sees the value of wellness. That’s why our motto is ‘Fitness/wellness of the future’. It’s one of the country’s most progressive, wellness-focused gyms. Our brilliant instructors understand just how important wellness is to people who are serious about fitness. You’ll find classes like yoga, pilates, and BODYBALANCE that really enhance your wellness. Beyond that, every West Wood Club features spa areas where you can relax and destress.
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When you choose to concentrate on your wellness, you begin to work on enhancing your being. Where you exercise has a massive bearing on your overall well-being. That’s why people serious about wellness have found a great home in West Wood Club.
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