Why “harnessing your health”?

I wanted to take a minute to explain the title of my blog. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to name my blog and the general intention of my career in health coaching. Let me explain why I chose the name above….

Let’s break it down, shall we?

Harness: per www.dictionary.com, it means: “to bring under conditions for effective use; gain control over for a particular end”. That is exactly what I aim to do with health: to bring it under the best possible conditions so I can enjoy it. If we have health, we can enjoy life and all it has to offer to its full extent. Harnessing brings to mind this particular image:

Do you have your health “in hand”?

In order to control the horse, you have to have the reins firmly in hand (or both hands, to be exact). Then as you move, you had to adjust the reins depending on the horse, the terrain, etc. This fits perfectly into the health scenario: we have to have our health firmly “in hand” and it may require adjustments as we go through life and its changes: age, environment, stress level, etc.

“Your”: this is pretty self-explanatory. I am here because of YOU. YOU are the driver here – or jockey, if you would. I can provide the knowledge, direction, coaching, etc. but in the end it’s YOU who will make things happen. Are you ready to make things happen?

It’s time to take off!

“Health”: to many this means freedom from ailment or disease and that is certainly one of the definitions of health. But what about this other part: “the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor”, per www.dictionary.com. I think you will agree that the general condition of an average person today is not great. Most people are stressed out, tired, overweight and do not have energy to get through their day without some sort of crutch. Do you fit into this category? I used to: I could not get out of bed in the morning, I required snacks for energy throughout the day, I slept 10 or more hours at night yet still lacked proper rest… It is so much different now. I sleep about 8 hours a night and get up without any issues. After a good breakfast I can often skip lunch and not feel hungry. I hardly ever snack. My energy does not wane with the day: I find myself just as sharp at 10am as I do at 3pm. I drink coffee because I genuinely like it – I do not require it for the caffeine boost. Does this sound good to you?

Will you choose health for yourself?

Let’s put this all together. Harnessing your health means these 3 things:

  1. Taking your health in hand and adjusting as necessary
  2. Focusing on you and what works for your particular situation
  3. Aiming to achieve health as not only freedom from disease but as a general state of well-being

Sounds pretty simple, right? And it is – but it’s not easy. Working through the 3 steps above requires hard work and dedication. It is tough going at first but after you develop some healthy habits the road becomes much easier. And you don’t have to be perfect! The results are priceless. Are you ready?