As the business of Body Centric gets going (client referrals, inquires, actual clients) I am continually challenged trying to ‘figure folks out’. This is my 5th year as a professional in the fitness, exercise, health and wellness space. (wow, time flies) It’s been enough time to learn a few things, develop some skills and yes, make a positive difference in the lives of those who I’ve touched. It has also been enough time to ‘know what I don’t know’ and find joy and purpose in learning more.
Here’s one thing though, I just can’t crack. Ready for it………… why are humans so reluctant to take the steps to make the changes that will improve their lives? When did it become ‘okay’ to live with pain that can be changed, to be limited by a limitation that doesn’t need to exist, to accept life as either sucking or being at best ‘just okay’. WHY?
I’ve been told, over and over again by all sorts of Professionals in the health & wellness space simply ‘that’s just the way folks are’. I get that, but why. Is there comfort in pain and suffering? Is there a safe spot in being limited?
Better question perhaps is ‘why do the ones that choose to not suffer, not be in pain, not live a life limited by what they can’t do make the decision to take control?’ We live in a time and place that allows us access to so many tools and resources and yet so few use them. Here’s an example; you have extended health care benefits; message therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, nutritionist, naturapaths etc. do you use them?
According to a study in 2013, only 13 % of the over 23 million folks that have extended benefits use them. WHAT??? Lets try to understand this; you pay a lot of money for these benefits every year and you don’t use them? Maybe you use a bit of the dental coverage, some of the prescription drugs but what about those ‘other’ ones, the ‘extended health benefits’.
I don’t have the answer. I’m one of those folks that uses every penny that she can. I visit my chiropractor for tune ups, my physio for consultation and some great IMS, my massage therapist at least once per month. Granted I’m super active and I train 5 – 7 days a week, but I also have a very strong self-care routine (mobility) that allows me to function overall. I practice everything I preach.
Here’s another interesting fact; an increasing number of people who do not have extended health benefits – so those who are paying out-of-pocket for services, personal training etc. – invest in their health, wellness and beating their limitations.
Now back to everyone else, (cause this isn’t about me) why when it’s not necessary do so many people live with pain, discomfort and limitations when they don’t need to? Perhaps if I knew the answer, I’d be in a better position to help others. Your comments are welcome and your insight appreciated.