Guest Blogger: Kristen Eskin - "Making Wellness Your World…Even When It’s Not."

February 25, 2016

Guest Blogger: Kristen Eskin - "Making Wellness Your World…Even When It’s Not."

Wellness… that ubiquitous world we cannot get away from anymore. Every bloody article, magazine, blog (now including this one!) somehow feature this term. It’s an industry. It’s a state of being. It’s a business sector. It’s a field of study. I could provide you with a proper definition here but a) you all are capable of utilizing Google and more importantly, b) I’m fairly certain we all have a decent grasp on Wellness. We all want to achieve it, embody it, and ultimately maintain it. Right? Right. I personally consider myself well-versed in health and nutrition…by well-versed, I mean that I know what is ‘good’ for my body and what is considered ‘bad’…although I don’t always follow this, I am simply saying that I’m aware of what’s what. I worked in a health-related field for the majority of my professional career; I am an avid reader of a number of publications (yes, I still read hard copy magazines and books); and I am constantly scouring any number of health/wellness related blogs, newsletters, peer-reviewed articles, etc.

Wellness just comes easier for some than others and it may rank higher or lower in your list of life priorities. Since this is my little blog feature, I will tell you that it ranks pretty damn high for me. It’s not my job, but I make certain it’s my world because my life literally depends on it. I want to have a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and I actively make choices towards living a healthy and fulfilling life. For me, that means incorporating a heavy dose of fitness on the regular; specifically, boxing workouts.

I won’t bore you with details regarding the allure of boxing and all of the benefits it can deliver. I’ve seen plenty of articles of late touting a boxing routine as the new ‘it’ workout and calling out all of the fabulous celebrities who incorporate boxing into their perfectly curated wellness regimes. Great, I’m glad they are catching on to a sport I’ve been passionate about for the past 10+ years of my life. It began as a class at a gym, escalated to an activity I was singularly focused on for my fitness fix, eventually piqued at amateur competitions and has since evolved into the dominating feature of my fitness life (and I still do some sparring at my gym) intertwined with yoga, running, or whatever new fad I may want to partake in amongst the plethora available here in NYC. There was a time when I may have been classified as obsessed with my training and perhaps negligent of other areas in my life. I might even go as far as to say it ranked lower than my dedication to my job (for shame!). I was off balance, and now I am not. I’ve gotten it just right now, and I like it.

Everyone has a busy schedule and limited time. You have kids, partners, family drama, injuries, obligations – the list goes on. Trust me, I get it. But I firmly believe that it’s imperative to make fitness my second job. I’d say it’s my non-paying job but it does pay me – just not in dollars. It gives me my strong body, clear mind, and happy heart which all add up to my sense of well-being. I’m in the best shape of my life and I am proud of and enjoy getting there, even on days when I’d much rather stay in bed and get an extra few hours of sleep, or go for a drink with my friends, or just about anything other than haul my arse to Brooklyn (I live in Manhattan) to get in a session at my favorite place to sweat things out. I can honestly say that when I walk out of there, I ALWAYS feel better than when I walked in and pat myself on the back for having made the right decision in making fitness a necessity that day.