Don’t Settle for Being Well, Be Vital

Julie Ryan Evans

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If you're not sick, that's great, but is it good enough?

Dr. Lissa Rankin, founder of The Owning Pink Center, an integrative medicine center for vital wellness, says no. She believes that too many people -- including doctors --  are content with just being "not sick" when they should be seeking much more.

"As a physician, I was trained to ‘fix' bodies, to help others transform from sick to well," Dr. Rankin says. "But that's not good enough for me. I believe it's possible for all of us to be not only well, but vital.  In fact, I think you can be vital, even if you're not well."

I love Dr. Rankin's philosophy because so often we take our health for granted until a problem pops up or something goes wrong. Instead, we should all be maximizing the potential of our lives each day while we're able.

So how do we become vital?  

Dr. Rankin offers 10 tips to increase one's vitality. They include basics like nurturing your physical health (exercise, get outside and soak up Vitamin D, avoid processed foods) and also things we may overlook, like the need for human touch.

Others things she says one needs to achieve vitality include: Fun, service, and faith. The most difficult for me is last on the list: Balance.

While I may not be doing everything on the list especially well, it inspires me to step back from the day-to-day craziness of my life and see where I could be doing more, what I could be doing better, and how I can continually become more vital.  

What does being vital mean to you?

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