In this episode, Jason Cronan and I discuss the 8 dimensions of wellness – physical, intellectual (mental), financial, environmental, spiritual, social, occupational, and emotional. Plus a 9th – creativity which touches all the other 8 areas! When you have wellness in all these areas you can truly live a long life of joy and optimal health. Do you focus on all these areas in your life, or do you focus on some, but forget about others? Tune in to learn more from Jason, a Holistic Personal Trainer as he shares his wisdom and his personal practices, that you can start to implement in your life, one step at a time! He is offering a free gift as well, check that out below.
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Welcome back to another episode of Don't wait for your wake up call podcast. I am Melissa Deally, your host and bringing you a another fabulous guest expert today. Jason Cronan. Welcome.Jason Cronan:
Thank you so much, Melissa. I'm really happy to be here.Melissa Deally:
Well, I'm excited to have you here and share your expertise with my audience today. But first, I just want to introduce you. Jason earned a master's degree in Exercise Science and studied martial arts for over 20 years obtaining a black belt in Taekwondo, so don't mess with him. He is the owner of body Express wellness solutions and has 20 plus years experience as an exercise physiologist, Jim owner, holistic personal trainer and motivational speaker. So that's a lot that you've achieved. Jason, but I'd love for you to share your story. What led you into, you know, this passion for you know, fitness and health, et cetera, et cetera?Jason Cronan:
Yeah, a lot of people asked me that question. And actually, when I was in high school, I wanted to become a robotic engineer. I love robots. I love animatronics like Jaws and King calm. Those are all robots in the movies. But then anatomy and physiology was something I really excelled at well in school. And then I had a opportunity to see an athletic trainer during my careers class. So I went to school for athletic training, changed my career to exercise science. And here I am now doing exercise science, personal training, nutrition, coaching, and a combination of everything else. And it was an interesting turn. So I'm sort of designing robots and designing bodies.Melissa Deally:
Yeah, exactly. Pretty cool. So I like that there's just a really strong connection there. And, you know, let's talk about the importance of designing bodies, right? I think so many of us take our body for granted. And forget that we actually need to look after it until something goes wrong. But I'm sure like myself, you're in the proactive or recommend the proactive approach anyway, and would love to have more clients that focus on proactive physical functionality, I'm guessing, right?Jason Cronan:
Oh, yeah. I'm all proactive. I live and preach what I teach. I wake up every morning with gratitude, to do my meditation, do my yoga, my my vibration plate training, to my foot massage, and my actual routine every morning and do my Chi Gong. Every single morning, I've been doing that. Strictly, it doesn't matter what day it is how I feel I could have one hour asleep, I still do that. And it definitely helps. And it keeps me out of routine. And I feel great and actually gets rid of my anxiety, which I'm a big proponent of getting rid of anxiety or stopping it from getting to the point where you can't function.Melissa Deally:
I love that. And I love how you've talked about so many different modalities right there that tie in with the work that you do. So it's never just one thing, right? It's finding what works for you.Jason Cronan:
Absolutely, most definitely. You have to find what works. If you're if you love dancing, or you love to walk or bike or swim or just read a book, or prayer, whatever works for you is what is going to keep you feeling pretty much I would say happy to wake up in the morning and do what you want to do every single day.Melissa Deally:
And what I'm hearing too there is there's a really important balance between calming the nervous system, you know, through the meditation through the Qigong practice, etc. And there may have been others of what you said that you said it so quickly. I don't remember now. balancing that with then looking after the physical body that when we do all of that, that allows you to be waking up with joy and then loving the work that you do.Jason Cronan:
Absolutely. You have to like what you what you do for a living. And if you don't, then you're gonna have to find a way to enjoy it or find something that you Do you have a passion for? That's the most important,Melissa Deally:
very true, because we spend a lot of time at what we do for a living, right. So to dislike what or even hate in some cases, what you do is a lot of hours of wasted energy, mental and physical and emotional that get cooped up in all of that, right. So you have something called the eight dimensions of wellness. And I really want to dive into that, because, you know, we've touched on a couple of things, stress and exercise, etc, there. But tell me more about the eight dimensions of wellness.Jason Cronan:
Absolutely. Most people don't realize that when I asked someone what what the what the dimensions of wellness are, they say the physical, the intellectual, the financial, sometimes they say the spiritual, but there are eight dimensions, actually nine dimensions. And the ninth dimension is actually creativity. So the first one is physical, and its intellectual, financial, environmental, spiritual, social, occupational, and emotional. And creativity is what wraps it all together, being creative in everything that you do, will make you whole, some people will actually be very physically fit, but mentally not healthy. You can be very, very wealthy, and super ill, or someone may have millions of dollars, which I've worked for people that had millions of dollars, and they were on their deathbed. And they actually passed away because they didn't take care of them. So you got to have a balance, that's very, very important.Melissa Deally:
So you said those very quickly again, so I'm going to ask you to just go through them and slow down and just say each one of them again. And then I'd love to dive into each one. So just if you can list them off again, that would be really helpful.Jason Cronan:
Absolutely. First one is physical, physical body. Second one is intellectual, or mental, and financial, environmental, environmental, could be your environment, or also recycling, and different types of aspects to save the planet. And then also spiritual, social, occupational, and emotional.Melissa Deally:
Awesome. So I love what you said about the fact that you have to have that balance. Because if you have too much of one and not enough of another, then that's where you know, your life can be skewed and something is going wrong, right. So the person who has all the wealth, but hasn't taken care of themselves, ended up dying. So their physical health wasn't great, perhaps their emotional or their intellectual health wasn't great, right? I see that all the time. And I think health and wealth go together so closely. Because as I work with people, and my mission is to, you know, create a healthier, global global community, really, if people are living longer than we need more wealth in order to fund that. So they go hand in hand, or, as you've said, if you have too much wealth, and you haven't looked after your health, then you've got a real problem. And again, looking after the physical is so important, but then so is the spiritual, so is the emotional, right? So if you want to just dive into a little bit more depth, the work that you do with the physical, and how that how you then work with clients to go through the eight dimensions and help them tap into each of those areas. That would be awesome.Jason Cronan:
Yeah, definitely. I've actually did two webinars recently for on this topic, specifically for teachers, as well as for business owners and entrepreneurs and solopreneurs. To help them first one is physical, what I do is I set up a program for a person to either do weight loss, conditioning, toning, building muscle, build, coordination, balance, self esteem. All those aspects are really important for the physical aspect of the person, and making sure that you are a healthy weight, making sure that you are toning your muscles, building your core, building your posture and making sure that you're healthy your spine is in proper alignment with certain stretches and strengthening. It's really, really important. And then when I go into the intellectual aspect of it, the mind goes along with the body. If for instance, you are like for instance, I've dealt with anxiety for a long time, that may affect all the emotional aspects of what you're doing. So say for instance, just super healthy, and you're physically fit, but your anxiety is constantly immersing itself and causing a problem. It doesn't matter how fit you are, your mind is still not healthy. And so it's gonna force you to have a stop in the road. A lot of times I was super fit doing martial arts for my whole life, and I would be dealing with anxiety and pain. The pain was manifest from the anxiety but I was very fit. The only way to get 100% minded Body is to figure out what's causing the anxiety and get rid of that fear. And a doctor asked me said, What is the thing that you're afraid of what is your fear, and a lot of it was becoming sick, or becoming, not accepted in society, or maybe even also, not doing 100% or being perfect, that a lot of people try to be perfectionist, or procrastinate, and they get all stressed out and anxious because they didn't do the work, or they they're doing the work, and it's not perfect. And anxiety is a big problem for a lot of people. That's why I tried to help them with the intellectual aspect of it. And also the physical aspect at the same time, and bring them both together with the meditation and fitness, the Chi Gong and the yoga. And that's the mind and body connection, you need to have a healthy mind for your body to work functionally,Melissa Deally:
it makes so much sense. And I love that. And while you were talking, I was thinking about a webinar that I was on yesterday, where we were talking about perfectionism, and we were talking about the fact that a lot of people will say I'm a perfectionist as if it's a trait, right. And the discussion that we were having is that it's not actually a trait per se. Think of it as, as you know, like a skills gap, that when we're being that perfectionist when we're trying to make it perfect, it's because we're trying to cover up a gap, right? And when we fill that gap as much as possible, then we don't have to be in that state of trying to be the perfectionist. And I just thought that was a really interesting way to think about it, right? Because whenever we're trying to make something perfect is because we're up leveling. But why are we up leveling, we're up leveling, potentially, because we are feeling like whatever we're doing normally isn't good enough. And so there, that's the gap, right? And just understanding that might shift people's mindset around the perfectionism and recognizing that, it doesn't have to be perfect, I'm missing a gap, maybe it can never be perfect, which we also know to be the truth. But it just shifts the mindset around it too. And then that can also help, potentially if there's anxiety around it, and of course, anxiety is looking into the future and worrying about something that hasn't yet happened. And that's where that fear piece was coming from that the doctor was asking you about right? Yeah, go ahead.Jason Cronan:
I also focus on the burnout aspect as well, because anxiety and stress can lead to burnout, to help clients prevent that state of burnout. And the signs of symptoms are very, very much prominent, super stressed. A person is becoming more of a loner, or a person that says they feel trapped, and I can't stop what they're doing. Or they're super stressed where they feel like they're not able to really be themselves anymore. You know, there's all signs of burnout, or the person says I am done, I can't take this anymore, and they quit. And they basically go into a slump or depression sometimes, because they're not able to function anymore mentally and physically because they're so overwhelmed and stressed, and their body needs a break. And some people do take off from their job or a corporation or in and stop and take two weeks for themselves to readjust, reset and regroup.Melissa Deally:
And burnout is such a problem in today's world, it really is it's part of the demand, whether it's corporate or even entrepreneurs burning out as they try to wear all the hats and build their business all by themselves, or corporate, just the demands of you get paid for the 40 hour week, but there's always more work to be done. And you're expected to, you know, the boss is there late, so you have to stay late, etcetera, etcetera. And it ends up being 60 hours a week and the stress on top of that we put so much pressure on our bodies on our systems. And during that time, were likely not eating well, we're not sleeping well, right. And so that's starting to have us become deficient in key vitamins and minerals. As you know, stress burns through that as well as can cause health issues in our gut, etc. And when we're deficient in those minerals that can start to lead towards, you know, heart conditions, you know, all of this, it's all connected. So I love that you're helping people before it gets to that stage. And just getting that message out so that people know that it's a real problem. And to seek help from people, you know, like yourself, that can help look at the eight dimensions of wellness right? Not just one part of it. Often when you go to the doctor, they're looking at just one part of it because they only have seven minutes with you write and then they write a prescription and say here you go. And that's not bringing you back from the brink of burnout. It's not helping you, you know lower your or anxiety is just covering it with symptoms, I mean with, you know, masking the symptoms, I should say. So yeah, the work that you do is really important, very, very, very, very powerful. So we've covered physical and intellectual, let's go into a few more of these eight dimensions of wellness you hadJason Cronan:
any aspect would be, for instance, the emotional, so it will stay on the person first, before we go to the aspect of the outside dimensions, the emotional, your emotions have a lot to do with how you feel physically and mentally. And a lot of times your subconscious or your conscious brain are affected by what's happening in your environment. They, for instance, if you're in an abusive relationship, or if you are a has a have a boss that constantly yells at you and puts you down, that will affect you emotionally, but also call your stress and also affect your mentally. And also physically over time, you may get ill, your immune system will get lower your body's constantly in that cycle. So your environment is really important. That's why for instance, people have to deal with Fung Shui, people that deal with setting up their room a certain way, lighting, colors, music, sound vibrations, all those things are really important. I actually listened to vibration music, while I'm working, doing my office work, I listened to the frequency of 528, which is they say is the frequency of love, but also for intuition, and also for people to really experience connection with the external environment. Like whenever I do that, and I'm writing my book, I'm actually typing my book and listen to that music. It actually always something good happens, a new client calls me I'm more connected to the external environment.Melissa Deally:
downloads for your book or something. Right,Jason Cronan:
exactly. Yeah, once it's all finished, hopefully, yeah, yeah. Take it off. But yeah, definitely emotional is very, very important. I think half of our what's happening with our internal self is emotional. And then our environment is connected to that in what's going on in our environment connects to our emotions, because you could take a set of twins, and put them in two different environments, and you're gonna get two different reactions, they may end up doing something similar in life, but one's going to be more happier. And the other that environment is better. There's been a lot of studies done with twins and jobs and different families and environments. And sometimes they end up doing a similar thing, sometimes they end up doing totally opposite, because their nurture was different their overall feel of what their parents told them what to do different. And that's the same thing for your environment, you need to set your environment the way you want. And the one person I asked him this, I said, What is your true meaning of wellness, and the person said to me, during my podcast, they said, having a life that you never want to leave, and everyday wake up happy and positive. And I thought about that, as a kid in a candy store that sees all this candy and everything really is appealing to him and doesn't want to leave that store your life should be like a store where you never want to leave that environment, things will change. You definitely. Yeah, good.Melissa Deally:
That's a really good answer to that question. I love that. And I also really resonate with what you're saying about the connection between, you know, the mental body, the emotional body, the physical body, etc. Because we have for body spiritual, mental, emotional, physical. And it's the physical body where illness shows up last, right? So it starts higher up. But we are not as in tune with our mental body, our spiritual body and our emotional body as we are with our physical body. But the reality is, by the time we have the symptoms in our physical body, they've already showed up elsewhere in our life, we just haven't had the awareness to recognize it. Would you agree with that in your work?Jason Cronan:
Absolutely. Yeah, definitely a spiritual aspect is really important. If meditation has someone of spirituality to it. And it's really important to have your mind clear, I always clear my mind, I call it the reset hitting the reset button. Or I do that an evening and I do it in the morning. And I do follow some Buddhist practices, just because that's my the mindset of is very clear and pure. But also you have all different other practices as well, meditations, all different styles, not just the religion. And it's super important. I think you need to start with a clear mind before you can get anywhere in your day.Melissa Deally:
I love that. Super, super great tip. So I hope the audience is listening. They might have to come back and listen again and write some of this down because so much great wisdom is coming out of you right now. And yeah, it's fabulous. So, so those are all the ones dimensions around the physical body. So let's move externally now.Jason Cronan:
So financial, financial can mean a lot for most people. For instance, it could be your job, it could be your career. It could be the money you're bringing in. A lot of times your financial wellness will affect Back to you physically and emotionally. If you're not making enough money to support yourself or your family, you're always going to be stressing, you won't be able to sleep at night, you're always wondering where next paycheck is coming. But believe me, we've all been there done that. And that's something where you have to keep telling yourself, I don't want this to affect me, even though maybe you don't have all the funds that you need right now, it should not be able to affect you mentally and emotionally and physically, because that's just going to bring you down and you're not going to be able to make more money, because you're going to be sick and ill and end up in the hospital because you're stressing, over over emphasizing everything you have to do to make them make more money. So you just got to make a plan, and figure out how to get there from point A to point B, and figure out your end goal, it will say always visualize your end goal, and figure out the steps in between to get there. And that's what I've been doing actually trying to figure out what to do to get successful, become a motivational speaker, get out there and really get my book out there, and just gotta delegate. And also you have to make a plan to get to that next level.Melissa Deally:
And at the support of others, like yourself, or there's, I know, there's a lot of money coaches out there too. But that money mindset is such a key stopping point for people, and where they get stuck. And as you said, there's the stress that then ends up with physical illness. But it all starts in that initial mindset and the stories that we tell ourselves in our head, right, and we beat ourselves up and we get ourselves down. And that's where we put our focus, that's what we get more of. And we got to, we need the help often to get outside of that. And make a plan, like you said,Jason Cronan:
sometimes manifesting does work, I actually manifested the other day that I'm going to have another opportunity coming my way. And I was putting on the music and working and in my office. And then I kept getting calls for clients, I also got an opportunity to team up with a martial art school as a program director and do my business and combination. I'm actually a DJ and emcee on the side for fun the work towards my motivational speaking, I got that that came towards me as well. So I actually am speaking to audiences on a weekly basis. And I kept manifesting these ideas in my head of where I want to be. And it's those are the steps to get the big stages. And the next stage and Ted Talk and all the things where I want to get to, which will bring finances eventually to me.Melissa Deally:
That's awesome. And I love how you're you're planning it out. But then you're using the tools to also clear your mind and get into that place where you are open for the opportunities to come in. Right? When we're stuck and walked, we're not even open for them to come in. If you're enjoying my content, and someone that wants to step into being proactive in your health and learning more,Melissa Deally:nk in the show notes for only:Melissa Deally:
Awesome. So that's financial, and then keep going.Jason Cronan:
And environmental we touched on a little bit environmental could be your environment, where you're at, and how you want things set up as well like for your emotions. But also it also affects people that do composting, but are invited for their garden. Also recycling keeping your environment healthy and clean so that you can have fresh water, clean air, that's very important for your overall well being so that we have a plan to live on, while the health and wealth in the world and then our planet is falling apart. Which technically it's going there, unfortunately, so many bad things happening in the world with cancers because of the environment and radiation. But we definitely didn't take care of environment. So it's very important. So starting with your environmental wellness, along with your physical, emotional and all types of wellness is super important. It's just start at your community base and then work its way out to taking care, I have a composting pile I garden I grow my own vegetables, I do my own. For instance, I buy eggs from people, local farmers, people that are actually in the local area. So starting with that is very important. So taking care of your environment would be I would say a very high priority list.Melissa Deally:
Well, and especially going back to what you talked about earlier with the research with twins, etc. how important your environment is and how that matters right to your health and nature. And being out in nature is so critical is an easy way to drop us out of our fight or flight state and into our rest and digest state. And we get so much goodness from being in nature from the microbes being blown onto our skin and then feeding our microbiome in a really positive way that we have to look after what is around us so that it's here for us. To enjoy about generations to come. So yeah, that's looking at a bigger scale for sure for us, but also for the, you know, the planet and for generations to come. But it's a really important part of wellness that most people aren't talking about. So I love that you've included it. So what comes after that,Jason Cronan:
I would say social, being social. Now with the past pandemic, we were not as social. But now we're online as social. So it still counts, but not as much. But now we're getting more back in person, depending on where you live. But being social is super important. There's also shown that having a pet or a spouse is really important as you get older. Because being alone, it has a lot of effect on how you feel, as well as your companionship, there's been a lot of studies as well with seniors that didn't have a companion or a pet. And their overall life expectancy wasn't as wasn't, is what they supposed to be living. There was a lot of people were sad and lonely, and that caused them to have illness, a broken heart, a lot of times a spouse will pass and then another person will pass away six months later, because of that loneliness, can cause a problem and emotional issues. The same thing goes your social environment, being out there with your friends, interacting with your family, go into groups, joining a meetup group, joining a gardening group, joining any type of group is really important AV online or in person or having a conversation with people over the phone is super important for your well being and health. And that's a big part of people dealing with anxiety and depression, the ability to have an outlet or someone to talk to, or even a therapist is super important for people to kind of release attention and also express themselves without actually upsetting themselves or getting harmed or harming themselves.Melissa Deally:
And again, we are social beings. And so I know how important all of that is. And that another aspect of that too is the social piece is also helping stimulate our brains. So yeah, people retire and they're looking forward to retirement, they're counting down the days, the first month is amazing, they have a plan. And then after that they don't really have a plan. And they're not seeing people as much because they're not in the workplace. And that just results in them being less social. And after a while it feels like an effort to be social. And what there's research that shows that in retirement, you need to stay social so that you're not mentally bored, because that can lead to depression. But also just to keep the mind active, you're meeting new people, you have to remember names, remember stories they've told, et cetera, that's keeping the mind active to help prevent Alzheimer's. So I love everything that you've said about social and the importance of that in our lives. But also, even from a health perspective, physical health perspective, it's really important as well.Jason Cronan:
Yeah, being social is very important. I'm a Toastmaster. I love Toastmasters. That's where I get a lot of my motivational speak. And I compete in Toastmasters. That's my social outlet, because people that I want associate myself with, they do say, for most people, if you want to get somewhere in life, you want to associate yourself with the five people you want to be like in, for instance, wealthy people. So the honest answer for wealthy people, if you're not wealthy, yet, you gotta have to find some wealthy people to surround yourself around, that will allow you into the inner circle, to help you get to that next level. That's super important. And also people that are good mindset, like meetup.com, you can meet people that do yoga, people that do exercise, walking groups, all those types of groups are free, usually. And you could just get out there and meet people. And that's very important. Being social so that you do feel like you're there's something more than just going to work or just having a job or just living, you want to have some kind of outlet. And whatever your passion is like an artist or a person that sings or whatever you enjoy doing should be should be able to help you feel better.Melissa Deally:
100%. And that really ties into occupational which you want to talk about next. And we did mention at the beginning, that if you don't love your job, maybe you need to find another job. But in in the meantime, while you're not loving your job, you can counter that by joining groups that bring you joy. So that okay, you might not love the eight hours that you're at your job, but you can love the other. If you're sleeping eight hours, then you've got another eight hours that you can love through your social interaction, et cetera, et cetera, and the groups that you're a part of and the people that you hang out with and yes, be hit choose the five people you hang out with the most because you reflect who they are, right? So choose who choose them wisely. So yeah, so go into occupational because I'm sure you're all connected there.Jason Cronan:
Oh, yeah. Occupational sounds like financial but it can be in a way in a way. Occupational is interesting because some People, for instance, love their job, but doesn't bring a lot of financial freedom. Like as a teacher, for instance, he doesn't make 30 grand a year they go to school for get their masters, social workers, they love their jobs, but they don't get a lot of money out of it. That can be very stressful. I did some research the other day, and I noticed that there's so many jobs that pay just 20 to $25 an hour, you can be working with kids with mental illness, making the same money as somebody flipping burgers for $25 an hour in a restaurant, or like a sous chef or something like that. And they have no, there's so much more of a tear out well, I was looking at a job the other day that the person paid $15 an hour to work with kids with autism. And I wanted to team up with them and talk to him a little bit about working with them. And like it's $15 an hour. And we usually hire high school kids to go through this really elaborate program that we took 20 years to design, I was like, Okay, does it make any sense, and you're paying 15 hours an hour to high school kids that have a severe high level program that they're supposed to teach to help these kids with autism. And then you're talking to a person as a sanitation worker getting $75 an hour, which is awesome for them, or a truck driver. But a person that is a psycho Like for instance, working on like a social worker, for instance, that working with really high risk cases is getting like 15 to $20 an hour. They're working hard jobs, but at the same time, social workers should really get more money. And you can make every job enjoyable, regardless of what it is there's actually people are crossing guards getting paid $15 an hour, but they're singing and dancing in the intersection. There are teachers out there that are making the class enjoyable, and not looking at the financial aspect as much, you can take the worst job and really make it fun, there should be a TV show like that, where you take any job and try to make some fun out of it.Melissa Deally:
There should be there will be a reality show.Jason Cronan:
It wouldn't be taking the worst job ever. By I don't know what, but like scooping manure and a farm and singing and dance, there's just a thing, you can make any job better as if you have a positive happy mindset, that's so important. Try to find the best and everything the positive, the optimistic side, not the pessimistic side. And that is very important. And if you don't like your job, and it is bringing you down that's causing the burnout, you do need to leave eventually, and find something else if that's the only that's the thing that's really causing a hindrance in your life. There are other jobs out there. And I've left jobs before because of that. And I definitely can relate to the people that are experienced in the burnout aspect. But yeah, occupation is super important. You need to like what you do and have a passion for it, and write down what you enjoy doing and try to find it. If you can't invent it. That's the best thing. That's why a lot of us have our own businesses because we invented our own jobs.Melissa Deally:ghway was being built for the:Jason Cronan:
Very much. Yeah, right to the emotional aspect of it as well.Melissa Deally:
Absolutely. Absolutely. So I think there's the one left now is creativity. Yes.Jason Cronan:
And I'd be the ninth one. So being creative is super important. Like when we talked about burnout, if a person loses creativity, it's a friend you have a super creative employee, or you're super creative. And then all of us Why didn't you wake up one morning, you're like, I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm at a stuck in my mind, I don't know what I'm thinking, and that all my creativity is gone. That could be a sign of burnout. For instance, musicians that were once great writers songwriters. And then all of a sudden they wake up one day and they're stuck. No lyrics are common to, there's no passion, there's no, there's no more drive, that is sign of lack of creativity. So that could be the stress or burnout that's causing that issue. But someone did say to me, if you can go somewhere, some people take people on a trip to the mountains or to nature to become more creative, like writers will go out and environment or musicians will go to a mountaintop. There are some corporations that have trips that take them to destinations to become more creative, a new person out of business that did that. And that's a good way to get your creativity back. Because if you start losing your creativity, start losing who you are, and especially musicians and artists, that's what their job is, is being creative and writing new material or drawing or painting, even in your own business, being creative a way to draw people in, I got a guy dancing. He was being really creative and make a day fun. And it's time to pass by. And someone might see him and then put them on TV show. You never know.Melissa Deally:
Yeah, right now, exactly. Maybe he was on a TV show. Hey, yeah. That's awesome. So yeah, thank you very much for sharing all of that. So I called it the eight dimensions of wellness. So did you add creativity? And then you've now renamed the nine dimensions? Or is it the eight dimensions plus one, how do youJason Cronan:
online, there's only one, there's only one wheel that actually has nine dimensions on it, right. And they added creativity because they felt that it was an aspect that needs to be put into all of the aspects of the wellness wheel. And it's so important because if you have creativity and everyone's kind of adult, adult adult, we also creativity goes along with occupational with environmental, and also especially your career. You need to have some variety in there. And creativity is very important. So it'sMelissa Deally:
almost as if creativity is at the hub, the center of the wheel, and then the other eight dimensions come out from it, because creativity touches all of them. Exactly, yeah. Perfect. Awesome. So a couple of other questions before we wrap up here. You one of the things that you call yourself, I believe is a holistic personal trainer. Is that correct?Jason Cronan:
Yeah, I use the word holistic, because I, a lot of personal trainers are all about the gym, hitting the weights. But I will tell my clients to do a morning wellness routine, I tell them to do their meditation or yoga Tai Chi Gong that's more of a martial art side of my background that I focused on. My first studio was in a holistic, actually a facility with a whole bunch of like acupuncturist and Reiki and also different practitioners in the studio with them. And I've incorporated a lot in that my background with essential oils and all different styles of ways to heal yourself without actually taking medications like you do as well for your gut health. And I don't focus on gut health, but I do a lot like the Roma's in the sense and the things to make me uplifted in the morning like the peppermint oils. And a lot of trainers are not into that a lot of trainers are not just hit the weights hit the gym, right on your osteo by flex or whatever. Like this, they didn't go to medication way and they may take an aspirin before they work out which is horrible as ibuprofen or something. That's not the way to do it. And that's where I call myself the holistic as a more of an alternative approach with fitness and wellness and nutrition combined.Melissa Deally:
I love that. So yes, that a much broader approach. So that's excellent. And tell us one of your greatest success stories in business.Jason Cronan:
I actually had a client that actually I trained him a few sessions, he needed to get a surgery on his foot. And he couldn't get the surgery because he was overweight and he had diabetes. And I trained him he lost 21 pounds within a month and a half. And he was able to get the surgery the following month, so that he can continue. Basically learning how to walk again, because he broke, he broke a bonus foot. And if he didn't lose the weight, he would actually possibly diabetes could have got worse, right and he had to get the surgery. So the surgery allowed him to walk again. And I did a lot of bike work with him a lot of upper body work with him very low weight bearing work until his surgery was over. But it goes to show if you put the effort in and he was a person that was a senior he was like 67 years old. And he never worked out within 20 years. And he started doing it. He said the weights coming off. I'm feeling great eating right. So the coaching and the training and the nutrition all work together to help him lose the weight, get the surgery, and now he's able to continue working out being able to walk being able to jog and pretty much change his life for him. And that's something I look forward to every day when I work with someone helping change their life.Melissa Deally:
I love that and you literally We gave him his life back. Because if he didn't have the surgery, his life was fairly doomed at that point from the sound of things. So yeah, that's awesome. I love that story. So what does don't wait for your wake up call mean to you?Jason Cronan:
Absolutely what we're talking about before, don't wait to end up in the hospital. Don't wait until you have an injury, don't wait to have diabetes or heart disease to start doing something. I know a lot of people that said, I haven't worked out my whole life. But I started when I was 50 years old. I wish to do this when I was 20 years old. Because I feel great. Now after doing something about it. Really, you got to be proactive so that when you get older and start to aid, you are going to still be in that mode of what to do. Your routine is there. So don't wait until it's too late. Until you're sick, you have disease, you have cancer. And then say I wish I did something. You always can go back a little bit a bit. But you might not be able to reverse everything bone density with osteoporosis. osteopenia. Do it now. And don't wait. So I love the fact that you call your show. That is so important. Because you don't want to wait and do it now. And no excuses. Get up, do your thing, find some help get motivation and get it done.Melissa Deally:
I love that. Thank you for that. And so true, right? So true. People have to ask, Am I worth it? Am I worth investing my time and looking after me, before I do everything, for my job and for everyone else, right. And that's often a stumbling block for people and get the help to get over that. 100%. Agree.Jason Cronan:
I always say I always say that people that make sure to tell themselves, they're number one. So if they're healthy, and their mind is healthy, they can help other people. But if their mind is not healthy, and their bio is unhealthy, and they're not taking care of themselves, they can't take care of their family or their friends, or anyone around them. Like, for instance, that caregiver neglects themself but takes care of their family member, you got to take care of yourself. First I can CPR and First Aid, got a severe survey to see, make sure you're okay and say, You got to take care of yourself first. And that's so important. So you can take care of others. You're number one, think about that, regardless of how many family members you have. You're number one, and then you can start delegating out.Melissa Deally:
I love that very, very true. So if people want to get in touch with you work with you, do you do sessions virtually, please share how people can can get in touch with you.Jason Cronan:-:Melissa Deally:
I love it. And we'll make sure we put all of those links in the connections into the show notes for you. And then you're very kindly offering a free gift of a most of the morning wellness routine, which I know you've mentioned a couple of times. So there's a download. So is that your morning wellness routine that you're sharing in that free gifts, let the audience know what that is. Yeah,Jason Cronan:
that's the morning I was TMS in my new book, but for that I'm writing and also that's also the Coronavirus routine that I follow personally that I do and teach my clients. And the book that I'm writing actually is called knockout. It's actually enemy within knockout anxiety, the path of positivity and happiness, actually to be coming out hopefully next year. If I get it done.Melissa Deally:
You will have you got your routine. So it's going to be downloaded and you're gonna be able to get it done. So that's awesome. Is there any last message you'd like to leave the audience with today to encourage them to you know, step forward on their health journey and and take action.Jason Cronan:
Main thing is take baby steps and start with one thing you want to change in your life and one food, change one habit. And the first thing to do when you wake up in the morning is hydrate. And make sure that you start your day with a good morning routine and end your day the same way. And do not stress sleeping at night. Write down 10 things that you want to do the next day. Erase your mind. And if you need to think about those 10 things that's on that list you can get a good sleep with let's talk about sleep. And sleep is super important for recruitment of your body as well as the repair and you really need to sleep to start the cycle every single day. And I really encourage you to do that.Melissa Deally:
I couldn't agree more sleep is important. Sometimes people say what's more important sleep or nutrition. And to me they're equal. We need good nutrition And we need good sleep. And when we start with those two, and then build from there throughout the eight dimensions of wellness, etc, we can live a long, happy, healthy life. So thank you so much for joining me today. Jason, thank you to the audience for listening and make sure that you go and download Jason's free gift.Jason Cronan:
Thank you very much. Awesome. Thank you for having me. Really appreciate it.Melissa Deally:
You're very welcome.