Wellness Practice with Yoga

How Do Wellness Practices Help You Thrive?

by Kalinda Rose Stevenson

The Differences between Health and Wellness

How to Thrive 

We all know that health care is important in our lives. In recent years, the word wellness has been been added to the word health. Health care can keep us alive, but it's not enough for any of us to thrive.

This is what Vocabulary.com says about the word "thrive." 

To thrive is to do well or flourish. If your new cookie delivery business thrives, you'll be rolling in dough — not literally, of course.
The verb thrive means to flourish or grow vigorously, and it can be applied to something like a business or to something or someone's actual health. Plants can thrive in a greenhouse, and children can thrive if they eat well and exercise. Thriving can also be used more figuratively — "The women thrived on gossip; they loved knowing who was dating or divorcing whom."

To thrive—to truly flourish and live vigorously—we need to include wellness practices in our lives. 

Keep reading to find out what Judy Molinaro at Fit You (No longer available) can teach you about adding wellness practices to your health care.

Health and Wellness

Health focuses on the physical and mental body being free from illness, injury, or disease. Health is a goal you work to achieve. For example, managing chronic conditions such as lowering your blood pressure or controlling diabetes are goals to be reached, as are losing weight or strengthening your heart through cardiovascular exercise.
Many chronic diseases, like hypertension and type 2 diabetes, are on the rise. The most frightening statistic is that they are becoming more commonplace in young children. Often these diseases are a result of unhealthy eating habits and increased weight gain.
Dietary habits established in childhood often carry into adulthood. Today, about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese and the prevalence of obesity in children has more than tripled from 1971 to 2011. Teaching children how to eat healthy at a young age will help them stay healthy throughout their life.
Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is the spirited process of change and growth that lasts for a lifetime. Wellness addresses the broader spectrum of your body encompassing the overall balance of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It speaks to the way you live your everyday life. It is not an end to be achieved, rather it is a lifestyle that you adopt.
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to living a higher of quality life. As a parent it is imperative to cultivate a culture of wellness as a family. Wellness matters! Why does it matter? It matters because your well-being not only effects your emotions, it also effects the emotions of your children.                        
As a parent, it is important that you set a positive example. Your children’s attitudes and actions will model your behavior; it’s an ongoing circle. The psychological effects to obese children can be devastating; they are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image, and depression.
Read more about these health and wellness topics by Judy Molinaro at Fit You (No longer available)

  • What you can do to improve overall health and wellness
  • Quiet your mind
  • Build your body
  • Nurture your spirit
  • Maximize your level of health and wellness 

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