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Health and Fitness Training – Inner Strength

We all want to look better, that’s why we feel compelled to do some kind of health and fitness training. But many of us never reach the lofty dreams we have of one day being incredibly fit. Why is it that some people succeed where others of us struggle in the area of fitness? We have lapses in training. We eat poorly too often. We rely on a whole slew of excuses as to why we just can eat better and workout more. We complain we don’t have motivation thinking that others are just born with a natural drive to excel.What if we’re wrong?Motivation and success are often the fruits of visualization. How bad do you want something? Do you day dream about it often? Do you research about it daily on the internet? Do you have reminders around your home and work as to where you want to go?If you want to make a real change in your life, whether it be sticking to a fitness routine or eating a healthy diet, you should start by visualizing each and every day just how you want to eventually look. Make a picture in your mind of potentially how great your physique can be. Believe it is possible.Now go out and start to read up on how to get to where you want to go. Don’t just believe the first thing you read either. Read and read and then read some more. You can do amazing things if you just find a way to get there. Read about a variety of different fitness exercise programs.Here’s a tip that usually takes years to figure out, there is usually some value in every fitness exercise program. Conversely, there is no one program that is better than everything else. They all have their merits. It’s good to go and see what you get from different programs and use your own experience to further define how you stay fit as time goes on.If you resolve to keep trying new things, remain determined to learn more and more, you will build motivation. You won’t get discourage over time. Instead you drive will get stronger and stronger just as your body is doing the same. Fitness is a lifelong journey that is sure to keep giving back to you.You don’t do amazing things overnight. It is a long series of small steps that will make up big changes in your body. Keep looking for the next small change in your fitness routine or diet. Keep evolving. Motivation is about getting as excited as a kid about the possibilities that are out there. You just have to keep moving and you will surprise yourself at how the unknown presents doors for you to walk through as time goes on.Health and fitness training will give you what you put into it. You want to look amazing, now go do it with a great fitness routine.

Wellness Coordinators: Are You Addressing the Positive Side of Health? (Start Today)

The focus of health and wellness professionals today is on disease and problems – in other words, what’s wrong (negative health). Wouldn’t you rather be focusing instead on positive health, or in other words, what’s right?Health TodayHealth today has a disease focus – a focus on risk reduction, avoidance, prevention and treatment of disease, infirmity and disability. This focus stems, no doubt, from medicine and its focus on pathogenesis, which is the study of the origin of disease. In a pathogenic model – health is measured by the incidence of disease or health related problems. Success in the pathogenic model is measured by the avoidance or elimination of problems, diseases and premature death.Health is often depicted as being a continuum, with one end being premature death and the other end being wellness. The mid-point of the continuum is often described as being a neutral point where no discernible illness or wellness can be detected. If success in the pathogenic model is the avoidance or elimination of problems or disease, then success in this case this does not create a state of wellness, but instead a point there is no discernible illness or wellness. The betterment of health or the movement towards wellness would then require that deliberate, specific concrete actions to be taken.The necessity of taking deliberate, concrete action to achieve optimal health, positive health or high level wellness would be consistent with what researchers have found in other areas. Researchers have shown that eliminating negatives alone does not, in and of itself, create positive conditions. Some examples that demonstrate what I am saying would include:• Herzberg who showed that eliminating dissatisfaction does not create satisfaction• Compton who showed that eliminating depression does not create joy• Seligman who showed that mental health was not the mere absence of mental illness• Becker and colleagues who showed that ending disease does not create positive healthInstead of aiming for a return to neutral or the status quo, a focus on positive health moves our focus towards outcomes that exceed our expectations, in other words, our idealized outcomes.Positive HealthPositive health has its roots in the salutogenesis model. Salutogenesis provides a focus and methodology to discover and develop the causes or origins of positive health. Salutogenesis complements pathogenesis by working to optimize health and well-being through continuous and never-ending improvement. Salutogenesis is about how to add positive actions, opportunities, conditions and outcomes to move us beyond the neutral point to higher, positive levels.Positive health is a deliberate consciouly created dynamic state. Positive health has also beed described as well-being, thriving or flourishing.To achieve and continually improve positive health, a supportive, nurturing and encouraging environment must be consciously and thoughtfully developed and continuously improved. This supportive and nurturing environment is a necessary ingredient in the behavior change process.Positive states are created through deliberate, conscious effort and action. To create positive states, specific efforts must be taken that go just beyond the elimination of health risks and problems. These specific efforts need to be supported through the use of following 9 Es and 1 C:
Use these 9 Es and 1 C in your worksite wellness program to help your employees achieve positive health.If you are interested in reading more, consider these references:Antonovsky, A. (1979) Health, stress and coping. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.Becker, C. M., Dolbier, C.L., Durham, T., Glascoff, M. A., & Adams, T.B. Development and preliminary evaluation of the validity and reliability of a positive health scale. (2008). American Journal of Health Education, 39(1), 34-41.Becker, C. M., Moore, J., Whetstone, L., Glascoff, M., Chaney, E., Felts, M., & Anderson, L., (2009). Validity Evidence for the Salutogenic Wellness Promotion Scale (SWPS). American Journal of Health Behavior, 33(4), 455-465.Becker, C., Glascoff, M., & Felts, W. (2010) Salutogenesis 30 years later: Where do we go from here? International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 13, 25-32.Compton, W. C. (2005). Introduction to positive psychology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.Dunn H. L. (1961). High-level wellness: A collection of twenty-nine short talks on different aspects of the theme “High-level wellness for man and society.” Arlington, VA: R.W. Beatty Co.Herzberg F. (2003). One more time: How do you motivate employees? Harvard Business Review, 81(1), 86-96. (Original work published 1968).Seligman, M. E. P. (2008). Positive health. Applied Psychology, 57(s1), 3-18.