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The Be Well Now Method™️

 The whole-person approach to exercise that eliminates the barriers of pain, stress and motivation

There is great hope in the overwhelming scientific evidence that a healthy lifestyle of exercising regularly, eating healthy, and managing stress prevents disease and extends life.  

 

The fact that the vast majority of people struggle with making these a habit, begs us to ask, what is missing?  

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them" Albert Einstein

 

The Be Well Now Method™️ is the simple, science-based solution to sustainable habits that support whole-person health.

The Exercising Stress Mindset

The word exercise means "to practice".  Our cultural messages about exercise, whether one is exercising or not, have made exercise a practice of using stress states to motivate, perpetuating chronic stress.

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Distraction

The "Flee" State of Stress

Promoting future benefits and risks of diseases uses stress as a motivator.  The mindset is to 'get it over with', practicing distracting the brain from the body.

'Get to a goal' mindset 

 
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Distrust

The "Flight" State of Stress
'Motivate me' mindset

The overreliance on external motivators such as the scale, trainers, and steps reduces trust in one's spirit level, passion-driven intrinsic motivation. 

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Discomfort

The "Freeze" State of Stress
'More is better' mindset

Misinformation about caloric expenditure and the influence of the athletic mindset promotes ignoring pain and fatigue, to get 'results'.    

The Hingepoint of Health

The Hinge Point of Health Stress to Well

Stress is the state in which the body is ready to move to fight, flee, or freeze against a threat.  Movement is essential to get back to the opposite state of being well. 

Without movement science, exercising or moving is a cause, rather than a cure for stress.  The cure for chronic stress is moving well with mindful, science-based movement. 

How to Be Well Now

The Solution. Simplified through Synergy of Sciences

The Be Well Now Method™️ seamlessly blends three sciences to restore the healthy connection between the body, brain, and spirit.  Exercise is transformed into a resource for sustainable health especially when life gets stressful!

Movement Science

 

provide a guide to move the way the body is designed so exercise feels good from day one.

Mindfulness "You Science"

 

provide access to the personalized internal guide that turns healthy habits into sustainable whole-person health.

Motivation Science

 

and other evidence based models provide strategies that restore confidence in ones ability to be self-motivated

Redefining Exercise

Physical activity is all movement. Most are tasks, done to take care of someone or something else. Exercise is moving to take care of yourself. The Be Well Now Method embodies this mindset and that changes everything!

The New Exercise Mindset

The Be Well Now Method™️ uses exercise to treat the root cause of challenges with being healthy

The Be Well Now Method™

The 3 step solution to sustainable whole-person health

This method is unique because it is EMBODIED.  

Knowing what to do is not enough because mindsets and habits are changed by what the body tells the brain.  The three steps described below realign the body, brain, and spirit to work together to turn information into sustainable habits. 

Step 1: Be

To be healthy, one must first learn how to 'be' or rest well. However, the 'get to a goal' mindset and 'disease risk' discussions use stress as a motivator.  

 

Integrating evidence from mindfulness, self-compassion, mindset, mind/body connection, biomechanics, and physiology this first step of The Be Well Now Method, ensures you are not perpetuating chronic stress to get and stay motivated, but instead use the 'well' state to motivate

Step 2: Well

Well is the physiological state where energy goes into healing, growing, and learning. Stress is the opposing state where your brain is focused on a threat and your body is ready to move.  Motivation that is fueled by this reactive state does not last so it does not support lasting healthy habits.

Informed by self-efficacy research, motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry, positive psychology, transtheoretical model, physiology, gut-brain, and heart-brain research, and kinesiology,  the second step fuels motivation from the internal wisdom of your Core Why and your Real Results, strengthening intrinsic motivation.

Step 3: Now

Exercise takes on a whole new meaning when it starts with this embodied foundation of presence, kindness, and trust in one's internal source of information and motivation.  However,  the 'more is better' messaging can cause one to still push through pain and fatigue to 'see results', and your body tells your survival brain to avoid exercising. 

By applying biomechanics, physiology, clinical exercise physiology, kinesiology, neuroscience, and pain science this final step of The Be Well Now Method ensures exercising feels like self-care right away.  By mindfully doing a balance of mobility, strength, and stamina, exercise becomes a resource to Be Well Now 

 

 

Exercise that supports eating healthy and managing stress

The Big Three for being healthy often work against each other.  This whole person method reconnects them so exercising reduces emotional eating, chronic pain and chronic stress.  The result is greater ease with all health habits

The Big Three Health Habits

Are you a Health Care Professional?

Give your clients the Start Well advantage

Wouldn't it be great to have a clinical exercise physiologist and health coach right in your practice? To feel confident your clients are getting evidence-based advice that translates into lasting exercise habits? 

 

Now you can, with Exercising Well! 

™️References for the Be Well Now Method 

The Be Step

Mindfulness. Self-compassion. Mindset. Biomechanics. Physiology

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The Well Step

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The Now Step

Biomechanics. Physiology. Clinical Exercise Physiology. Kinesiology. Pain science.
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