Wellness, Wholeness with Doc Racky
by Nicole Lantin
You might think that medical people when asked about being healthy and whole would most probably talk about all those yeah-I-already-know-that fitness tips. True, but this cliché is not for Dr. Racky Velasquez.
Doc Racky is a fitness enthusiast. He graduated from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños in 2007 and landed Top 8 in the VetMed Board Exam. He is the owner and president of the Mt. Sinai Veterinary Practice. He enjoys keeping himself whole and healthy as he raises his young family with their newborn baby.
During his talk last October 28, 2015 with the United Neon Group of Companies employees, Doc Racky emphasized the factors that can make one well and whole in body, mind and most especially, spirit. He pointed out the seven dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Career, Environmental, Social and Spiritual. These are far beyond our concept of Wellness as merely the absence of illness. Wellness, as per World Health Organization (WHO) is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Doc Racky and WHO’s concept of Wellness concur. The National Wellness Institute, on the other hand, defines wellness as a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.
7 dimensions of wellness
Having said that, Doc Racky had his audience to take a pause and identify factors that deter them in achieving their full potential.
Try this and ask yourself: WHAT WILL MAKE ME SICK?
What personal factors will make you sick in these areas knowing that Wellness is way far more than just having those 6-pack abs or sexy curves?
Next question that Doc Racky asked was: WHAT TO DO TO ACHIEVE WELLNESS?
What decisions should you make today to keep these areas healthy?
Notice that Doc Racky will always emphasize Spiritual Wellness. This separates him from those science guys. Doc Racky pointed out that the key in achieving wellness in all dimensions and the best manual for wellness is the Bible. The best coach for wellness? Who else but GOD! Take a look at these bible verses that encompasses almost all dimensions of wellness:
Physical: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Mental: Philippians 4:6-7
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Social: Matthew 22:39
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Emotional: Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Financial: Proverbs 3:9-10
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Word on Wellness from 1 Timothy 4:7-9
7 … train yourself to be godly.
8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.
For his conclusion, Doc Racky gave us 4 step-by-step tips on achieving Wellness which were actually based on his personal experiences:
- Set SMART goals
Going to gym without nothing in mind would not just waste your supposed to be rest time but also your money. You’re only making those gym owners wealthy by just running on the treadmill in 10 minutes then bye-bye.
Specific- What do you really want to achieve? Fully sculpted biceps? Abs?
Measurable- How many kilograms to lose? 140 lbs.
Attainable- 6-pack abs in 12 months
Realistic- 24’’ waist line from 40’’ in a week? No not really
Time bound- set time frame and mark your calendar from this to that month
- Identify habits
Know habits that will help you achieve your goal –both good and bad. Identify which needs to be ended and which habit needs to be pushed in order for you to achieve that 360-degree wellness. Do you still smoke? Do you go bar hopping almost every Pay-day Friday? Or do you still go to that fast food chain to eat your favorite 1/3 pound-patty burger? Better cut it out!
Here’s Doc Racky’s personal healthy habits
Daily quiet time
Reading the Bible
- Train for identified habits
- Commit to achieving your goal- commitment is an ACT not a word; the time to start is NOW.