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Creating a Personal Health & Wellness Vision Statement

March 13, 2020
Creating a Personal Health & Wellness Vision Statement

Do you have a Personal Health & Wellness Vision Statement? Do you know what one is? Why do you even need one?

You have probably heard of creating a Vision board but have you thought about making a statement that incorporates your Vision for Health and Wellbeing?

Picture any of these health goals:

You would like to lose weight,

or exercise more,

or eat healthier

or give up alcohol or smoking.

You might just want to be able to carry the groceries, bend down and pick up, play with your grandchildren. Normal day-to-day activities that you want to be able to still do in 5, 10 or even 15 years from now.

Excellent ideals for living a healthier lifestyle. But have you actually thought about what life would look like if you achieved your health goal? How much better would life be?

Many of us want to make changes to achieve a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. This is important at any age, but particularly as we enter the Third Age of life.

Creating a Personal Vision statement based around your health and wellness is a good way to help keep us on track and ultimately achieve your goal.

What is a Personal Health & Wellness Vision Statement?

Quite simply, it is a paragraph or two that clearly defines your Health & Wellness goals for life. How you see your ‘healthy lifestyle’ including your physical and mental health. The big-picture of what your ‘best self’ is and WHY you want to make the changes in your life.

I put this question to the members of the Women Living Well After 50 Facebook group and as usual they came up with some good suggestions and ideas of what they would include in their Health & Wellness Vision Statement:

I’ve just been for a 13km bike ride in blustery conditions and certainly got my heart rate up. I look forward to your ideas on what exercises I could be doing to improve my fitness.My suggestion would be to ask for help from someone who knows what they’re talking about! Like Sue! – Debbie from Deb’s World

Getting the best nutrition and exercise daily. I try to get 30 minutes of exercise which varies from cardio to weights.
I also keep my weight in check, avoiding processed foods, eating fresh and healthy things. I also take good nutrtional supplements? – Jen
Abel

You’ve got me thinking Sue. What quickly comes to mind is to get out of bed early and exercise. For me, if it doesn’t happen before the day begins, I usually find it difficult later in the day. – Jennifer from Next Phase in Fitness

Hi Sue, for me it’s getting up and exercising first thing, but a personal revaluation for me has been to give up eating meat. It’s been amazing for me, no more bloating, more energy, better skin etc definitely seen a difference, and consequently am being for experimental with my healthy eating ?Sam from Loving the Fifty Something

Creating a Personal Health & Wellness Vision Statement

1. Download the Health & Wellness Vision Statement template

2. Consider and answer the following questions:

  • What does the “ideal” or “best” version of me look like?
  • What does the “best” me feel like?
  • What am I doing in my ideal state of health and well-being?

3. Define your ‘Why’ – why do you want to implement these changes? What results are you hoping for?

4. Consider What your next steps are – make a list of steps you need to take to develop your ‘best self’ and add to them as you go along.

Examples of what your personal Vision Statement might look like

‘I want to have a regular fitness program that will build Functional strength so I can remain independent and strong as I age’

‘I want to incorporate Functional fitness to help me cope with daily tasks as I get older’

‘I want to remain calm in stressful situations and not become anxious’

‘I want to be able to play with my grandchildren’

‘I will let go of self-limiting beliefs to create the habits and healthy lifestyle I deserve by daily commitment, focus and self-love’

What is your Personal Health & Wellness Vision Statement? I would love you to share it with me.

Linking up with Leslie from Once Upon A Time Happily Ever After & Natalie from Natalie the Explorer for Wellness Weekend.

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32 Comments

  • Reply Christina Henry March 13, 2020 at 08:35

    This is a great article Sue. I’m passionate about health as you know. My Vision Statement would be:I strive to achieve the best quality of life by encorporating healthy lifestyle choices into my daily routine..

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2020 at 04:13

      Hi Christina, love your Vision Statement because to me, health and wellness is a daily ‘habit’. Living a healthy lifestyle opens up so many options for us to enjoy life, especially as we age. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Donna Connolly March 13, 2020 at 09:45

    Hi, Sue – I love how you always so fully include the voices of others. They are exceptionally effective in this post. I agree with all that has been said above. Jen’s words also strongly reasonated with me. My morning motto is: “But First Fitness”!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2020 at 04:12

      Hi Donna, for me, I like to hear the thoughts of others and it is definitely a learning experience for me. There are always gems to be found in the answers my readers provide. Yes morning exercise is my preferred time and it is 4am and I’m about to drive to Brisbane 1 hour away to meet my Saturday Sisters for a run! Enjoy your weekend. xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris March 13, 2020 at 10:08

    A great summary Sue and like Donna, I always enjoy hearing what others think as well. Thanks for including us in your journey 🙂 I like the idea of a personal health wellness vision statement, and you have some greta suggestions for us to do so. Thanks again for your personal touch, it was so good to speak with you in person, about my exercise goals.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2020 at 04:10

      Hi Deb, I always enjoy reading the answers to any questions I put into the FB group. For me, it is about learning from others and hearing how they think. I will put together the program for you and yes, the personal touch is very important to me. Take care and enjoy as many cuddles as you can with your beautiful grandson. 🙂

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan March 13, 2020 at 11:18

    Thank you, Sue. Hope you will share this post for Wellness Weekend this Sunday. I haven’t taken a look at the template you have provided but will. I think we all have health (and illness) on our minds right now. What a timely, helpful post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2020 at 04:08

      Hi Leslie, thanks for the reminder and I’ve added the link up code to the post so I don’t forget. Take care and hope and thinking of you at this time. xx

  • Reply Terri Lyon March 13, 2020 at 23:04

    I love the idea of picturing your ideal self, and particularly your idea of asking yourself ‘why?’ That has me thinking about external vs. internal motivation. Great post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2020 at 04:06

      Hi Terri, so pleased you found a ‘take away’ from my post. Sometimes we get lost in the busyness of life and lose ourselves or don’t make time for ourselves especially in the area of health and wellness. Creating a Vision Statement helps us to drill down on who we are and where we are on our fitness journey. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Michele Somerville March 14, 2020 at 14:08

    I am a bit out of my league here, but I am inspired by what I am reading. One of my biggest problems is my weight, but also aging. I will be 70 the end of April and found out today I may need to have surgery for rotator cuff issues. But I realize rather than that being a bad thing, I can use it to motivate me to get ready. Assuming I can give myself two months lead time to do somethings that are also important but also use the time to walk more and do some strength training. I may be out of my league, but am in the right place to learn and get motivated. Thank youQ

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2020 at 07:28

      Hi Michele, it really does come down to attitude doesn’t it? You could be giving up because of impending surgery, yet you are putting a positive spin on things by giving your body the opportunity to strengthen before the operation. This will certainly help with your recovery. Take care and hope all goes well with the surgery. xx

  • Reply Miriam March 14, 2020 at 17:44

    Love this idea of a personal wellness vision statement Sue and I love the thoughts from your fellow readers. And I guess we could write our statement in the present too, like we’ve already achieved it. “I’m full of vitality as I jump out of bed each morning with purpose, starting my day with a 45 minute walk”. ? Have a great weekend. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2020 at 07:26

      Thanks Miriam! I think that we focus so much on our bucket lists and Vision boards that we forget that Health & Wellness determines what our future will be like. I love that you have put your vision into the present – great idea and thanks for sharing. Such a great way to start your day isn’t it? xx

  • Reply Natalie March 16, 2020 at 06:51

    Thank you, Sue, for linking up with me and Leslie on this Wellness Weekend. It’s a good idea to have a personal health & wellness vision statement and use it as a guide. It’s also a helpful reminder when one falters in their wellness routine. #WW2020

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2020 at 07:30

      Thanks for hosting Natalie, I’m hoping to link up each month. x

      • Reply Natalie March 18, 2020 at 07:55

        Hi Sue, The next Wellness Weekend link up is on April 19. Optional prompt is Water sport. Thank you for hosting MLSTL this week. I greatly appreciate our blogging connections. #MLSTL

        • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2020 at 07:59

          That is my wedding anniversary – 22 years! I’ll start giving it some thought but can’t believe we are talking about April already! xx

  • Reply Laurie March 16, 2020 at 08:21

    Wonderful post! I am all about fitness. You now have me thinking about writing down what my goals are. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2020 at 07:24

      Great to hear Laurie! I find writing my goals certainly helps me as I love ticking off the ‘microsteps’ for each goal and seeing how far I’ve progressed. So pleased the post has inspired you. Have a lovely week. xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones March 18, 2020 at 07:08

    I love the idea of a personal vision statement Sie. Will check out your template and give it thought #MLSTL Sharing

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2020 at 07:17

      Thanks Jen and thanks for linking up at #MLSTL. x

  • Reply Suzanne March 18, 2020 at 07:23

    Hi Sue, sharing for #MSTL – and I remembered the hashtag this time 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au March 18, 2020 at 13:45

    I’ve never thought of having a vision statement for health and fitness Sue. I was never very good at the whole Vision Board thing, so I’ll need to think about your questions some more. I certainly want to maintain my health and fitness and stay at a healthy weight so I can live my best life.
    Thanks for another great #MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2020 at 15:27

      I wasn’t into Vision Boards either Leanne, however I do like the idea of writing and committing to a health and wellness statement based on how we see our future healthy self. You have the perfect health vision and one that is definitely achievable. x

  • Reply Pradeep Nair March 18, 2020 at 17:37

    Having a vision statement sounds very official and bureaucratic. But I do understand what you mean by it, and how it matters for our good well-being.
    My vision statement would be to keep focusing on my lifestyle and health, by not taking upon myself tasks for which I really don’t have time, or those that are not my immediate prirority; focusing on good food, enough sleep and regular exercise.
    Thanks for the very interesting writeup.
    #MLSTL
    Take care
    Pradeep

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2020 at 15:29

      I think you are wise Pradeep only taking on what you can handle. It is so easy to overload ourselves and then our health suffers.

  • Reply SERENA www.anythingbuttoast.com March 19, 2020 at 10:56

    Love this concept, especially now we all need to keep focus.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2020 at 15:31

      Hi Serena, I hadn’t planned the post to coincide with what is currently happening but it certainly is timely. Thanks for stopping by and take care in this current climate with CV.

  • Reply Christie Hawkes March 19, 2020 at 22:32

    Thank you for sharing this Sue. Now, more than ever, we can all benefit from focusing on good health. I want to take some time before finalizing my health and fitness vision statement. I know it involves fueling my body with nutritious food and physical activity, and it has to include nature and meditation. My “Why” is to remain independent and active for as long as possible and to enjoy as much of what this life has to offer as I can for as long as I can. Thanks for reminding me. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2020 at 15:34

      Hi Christie, I think like Vision Boards, a Health & Wellness Statement does need some serious thought. Although it can be fluid if life changes occur I love you ‘Why’ and it is very similar to mine. I would love to read your statement when it is finished. Take care xx

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