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Achieving wellness

Instructors approach fitness with a well-rounded strategy

Members of Judi Hunt's "teachers choice" class participate in yoga at Trapper Fitness Center in August.
Melanie McDaniels

What is wellness? How do you determine how well you are?

“Wellness is a multidimensional state of being, describing the existence of positive health in an individual, as exemplified by quality of life, and a sense of well-being,” according to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports Web site.

The Web site lists seven dimensions to overall wellness – emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and vocational/occupational.



When determining how well you are and what you can do to improve your overall wellness, Belinda Brownell of Forever Fit of Steamboat Springs recommends having a total evaluation before beginning a program.

“I think having a thorough evaluation is very important,” Brownell said. “It helps point out what people need to work on, looking at the whole body and making it well-balanced.”



At Forever Fit, Brownell said that after the evaluation is complete, an instructor sets up an individualized plan for each client, to better serve his or her needs.

“We want people to understand what they need and why,” Brownell said. “Every six to eight weeks we set up a re-evaluation, and that really helps hold people accountable.”

The main goal of Forever Fit is to help people learn how to prioritize their health and wellness.

Tammy Workman, manager of Trapper Fitness Center in Craig, said someone just starting out needs to set attainable, small-step goals.

“What some people don’t understand is that their output needs to be a big part, if not the biggest part, of the regimen,” Workman said. “You can’t come in here and work out, then go to (a fast food restaurant). Diet and nutrition need to play a part. You can’t have one without the other.”

The physical dimension is just one aspect of overall wellness. Achieving physical wellness requires a person to encompass a variety of healthy habits including exercising regularly, following proper nutrition guidelines, abstaining from harmful habits, visiting a doctor regularly, and trying to protect against injury, according to the University of North Dakota’s Healthy UND Coalition.

When you achieve these behaviors and practice them regularly, you will be on your way to increasing your quality of life.

Brownell said that at Forever Fit, lifestyle planning is a focus, which falls into the categories of emotional, social and occupational wellness.

“Life is cumulative,” Brownell said. “For the good or the bad, everything you do makes a difference.”

Workman thinks people are spinning out of control and that they need to take their lives back.


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