Cruising Toward Better Health One Step at a Time -- What I’ve Learned from My Employee Wellness Client

When you take a fall cruise to New England and Canada, you get the delight of seeing life about 40 years in the future. My husband and I were almost always the youngest people in the room, and we’re not young.

Seeing people in their golden years, enjoying a cruise, doing a little ballroom dancing and heading out on excursions to new places gave me unexpected joy, especially seeing people doing so while celebrating 40th, 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries.

One couple asked how long my husband and I had been married and when we replied 18 years, the gentleman smiled and said, “You’re just getting started."

Watching these seniors reminded me of the importance of good health. While I’m no fitness guru, one thing I’ve learned from my clients at Bon Secours Virginia Employee Wellness, it’s that you’ve got to take command of your health. You can’t passively hope all will turn out well as you ignore good nutrition, avoid activity and fail to manage chronic conditions.

I think they’ve rubbed off on me.

About a month before the cruise, I got an activity tracker called a FitBit and loved it so much I convinced my husband to get one too. I guessed we’d probably not even bring them on the cruise because we wouldn’t have Wi-Fi to sync them up. But we did.

And while I can’t say I’ve been a model for good nutrition, I’ve made some healthy choices. Only twice in our week-long cruise did I take the elevator — and that’s with us on the 5th floor and most activities on the 12th and 13th floors. I used the walking track almost every day.

I am not sure I would have had this awareness without our Wellness friends, and for that I’m thankful.  I’m not there yet, but I’m glad they’ve helped to set me on a better course — as I step toward a future I got to see up close and personal while cruising the North Atlantic.

Donna Dunn's favorite activity is walking — great for getting moving, clearing one's head and thinking creatively.