Back behind the wheel: Wellness: The business of living

by Dr. Jerry Singh

Over the past few months I have been thinking about the importance of health and the role it plays in our daily lives. For the purpose of this column, think about your life as a business. As a business owner you will make decisions that will ultimately lead to the success or the failure of your company.

Like all businesses, your business will have both income and expenses. Your income is determined by the number of miles you drive. Your expenses will vary, but will include such things as your mortgage and car payments.

What do you think is your company’s most important asset? With out a doubt, YOU are.

The equation for your business to be successful is very simple and straightforward. The more miles you drive the more money you make. This may not seem so difficult until you become injured, hurt or sick. When this happens, less miles are driven (or none) which translates to fewer (or no) income and over time this will inevitably lead to a less successful business.

Currently your business is probably functioning at a level that you are comfortable with. But what you may not realize is that you and your company have the ability to be more efficient and successful. By taking care of yourself, you are guaranteeing the success of your company.

By investing in your health, you are making a commitment to yourself to be healthier and live to your optimum potential. Wellness is the buzzword in the health industry today. Using the wellness model for health, being healthy involves your physical and mental state, functioning as optimally as it possibly can.

Why is the wellness model of health so important? It promotes a lifestyle that encourages you to be proactive about your health. More importantly, it improves the quality of your life. Wellness care involves treating all aspects of your life, both physical and mental.

How does health and wellness and being healthy effect you and your business? It is simple, with good health your quality of life is going to improve, which will have a trickle down effect on the day-to-day operation of your business. You will be in less pain, have fewer injuries, have more energy, be happier and healthier. In summary, more miles + less time off work (sick/injury) = $$$$$$$.

– Dr. Jerry Singh, B. Kin., D.C., runs Trans Canada Chiropractic at 230 Truck Stop in Woodstock, Ont. He can be reached at 1 888 252-7327, or e-mail

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