Empowered wellness: How you eat, how you move, how you think

For the past couple of years, we’ve been witnessing the health and wellness industry shift more toward mind, body and spirit rather than just fitness classes and athleisure wear.

In addition to spinning, fitness studios are adding in more classes with a focus on mindfulness.

Yoga also has been gaining popularity as people are experiencing the benefits in more than just physical appearance.

We’re finding that incorporating things like meditation, mindful movement and intuitive eating can truly change our lives and help us live from a more joyful and authentic state.

So, what exactly does empowered wellness mean?

Empowered wellness is living each day supporting your physical, mental and spiritual well being with eating more plants and healthy fats, such as avocado or almonds. It means moving your body in ways that you enjoy, like going for a walk or playing tennis. It also means building mindful habits that combat stress and anxiety, such as meditation or journaling.

Once we start to incorporate these new habits into our lives, we feel our energy start to shift. We start to find confidence in areas of our life that we once lacked. We get better sleep at night due to less stress and better nutrition. And we start to feel empowered to live the life that feels the very best to us.

It’s not just about looking good. It’s about loving your body and all it does for you so you learn to fuel it with the very best, on and off the plate.

It’s about feeling good in your skin, connecting deeper with yourself and others around you and realizing that living in the present moment will bring you the greatest amount of joy.

This all sounds wonderful, but you’re probably thinking, “But where do I start?”

It can be overwhelming to try to build habits around things that are foreign to you. Maybe you’re not sure exactly how to cook that vegetable to support your brain health, or you don’t really know how to meditate.

Starting can be the hardest part. If you’re going at it alone, I would suggest to start with one area — nutrition, movement or mindfulness — and build from there.

If you’re interested in getting a little more help, check out the Empowered Wellness program starting at Statera this month. Call 563-297-8932 for more information or email me at byoung@stateraintegrated.com.

Bri Young is a holistic health and integrative nutrition coach at Statera Integrated Health and Wellness Solutions in Dubuque.

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