What is Health?

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 7 April 2014

I’m Tom Meyers Stress coach and welcome to this weeks episode of Health Matters.

Health Awareness Week Radio X

Today is World Health Day and the start of the Health Awareness Week here on Radio X. A week were the question ‘What is Health?’ will be discussed, reflected upon and given the attention it deserves.

Last week I shared with you the definition of health and reflected on the element if health is a state or a process.

Today lets look at the origin of the word health. Health comes from the Germanic word heil meaning being whole or wholeness.

Now lets use this wholeness reference to our question ‘what is health?’ as you could reframe it to What does it mean to be whole?

Mm sound even more difficult to answer then what is health well think again. Go back into memory lane and think of that day where everything flowed, where you felt one with yourself and the environment, even the Universe itself.

You remember that day? Yes that day, the day where all your senses seemed more in tune and that you could handle anything that was put in front of you.

That day, you – felt ‘whole’. You see that was easier then you thought at first wasn’t it?

But what was it that made you feel that way? Have you ever taken the time to reflect what the elements where that made that moment so special?

If not then I  really recommend you to take some time to reflect on this as you might find some amazing truths about yourself. And those truths leading to knowing and being mindful of yourself are great contributors to living your wholeness and that in turn has a positive effect on your health.

When you put that knowledge to good use I can assure you it will put into motion a great health promoting dynamic process.  And I say this from personal experience.

And yes it takes time and with our never ending to do lists it seems impossible to take that time-out but then that never ending to do list makes you ill and taking time-out makes you healthy… mmm yes eeuh… What? It’s your choice. It’s part of that human trait you call free-will that makes you responsible to do or do not.

Anyway I hope you continue listening to the various contributions on ‘What is Health’ during the Health Awareness Week. Interact with us on Facebook or email. Tell us your interpretation of health and continue the conversation with your family friends and colleagues.

And get your copy of the April edition of Together Magazine where you can read this weeks Health Matters feature (p.34-37) and lots more contributions on health and wellbeing. Don’t find a copy then go to their website

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I’m Tom Meyers health coach and contributor of though to a healthier way of living.

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Health Awareness Week

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 31 March 2014

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to this weeks episode of Health Matters.

On the 7th of April The World Health Organisation celebrates it’s World Health Day.
This year the WHO will blow out 66 candles and although it has done some great work over the years it faces big new challenges.

Challenges like work related stress that is effecting 1 in 4 employees and is associated with the increase in conditions like back pain, anxiety, depression and burnout.

But what is health? Obvious as it may seem but have you ever asked yourself this question?

On radio x we’re going to do just that. Next week from the 7th till the 11th of April Radio X is organising the Health Awareness Week.

Health Awareness Week Radio X

A week where various therapists will be interviewed or come to the studio to talk about health.

However health is about all of us so we’re hoping to hear from you too. Want to contribute to the Health Awareness Week then keep tuning in to Radio X and also interact with us on our Facebook page and maybe you’ll win one of the various consultations at Osteo & Co in Woluwe, Brussels.

To get you in the mood for the Health Awareness Week lets see how health currently is defined by the World Health organisation.

According to the WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Infirmity meaning physical or mental weakness.

This definition was adopted at the birth of the organisation in 1948 and hasn’t been amended since.

However what I wonder about is – is health a state? A state meaning a particular condition that someone is in at a specific time?

I rather see health as a dynamic process that adapts itself constantly. You are not the same in the morning then in the afternoon or evening. When you’re facing mental or physical challenges health must be balanced in a different way then when you’re lying on the beach.

Health what is it? What does it need? Is the idea you have of what health is, in alignment with what your biology dictates what health is?

All questions that we need to reflect on and that will be addressed in the Health Awareness Week here on Radio X and no I don’t presume that will find the ultimate answers but I sincerely hope it will contribute to reflection and hopefully some aha moments.

We on Radio X will start the dialogue but hope you will carry it on to your family, friends and colleagues as Health Matters today.

I’m Tom Meyers Stress Coach for Body & Mind have a great week and hope to hear from you during the Health Awareness Week.

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The 5 Tibetans

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X  from 24 March 2014

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to this weeks episode of Health Matters.

Last week I spoke to you about the 7 minute workout. If you don’t want to spent hours in the gym,  or spent miles running around the block, but you do want to get some form of high intensity training in your daily routine then the 7 minute workout with its 12 steps is great.

This week I’m going to offer you a low impact alternative that was suggested  by several people on my Health Matters Facebook page and which I’ve also heard is practiced in group in some offices at the European, Commission. This practice is called the The 5 Tibetans. It is a series of exercises that are reported to be over 2500 years old and are linked with rejuvenation, increased energy, stress reduction, enhanced sense of calm, clarity of thought, flexibility and general improvement of health and wellbeing. And who wouldn’t like all of that?

Unlike the 7 minute workout which combines aerobic and resistance training the 5 tibetans is all about getting your energy centres spinning again.

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The idea behind these exercises is that with age your energy centres spin rate reduces and that this reduction is related to ill-health and decreased vitality. Practice the 5 Tibetans daily – which one could say are 5 specific yoga-like exercises – and thus increase the spin rate of your energy centres and the result is is that you stay healthier and have more energy and stay younger longer.

The eye of revelation

(Click on the picture above for the Free download of the pdf The eye of revelation with the personal story of Peter Kelder. It contains the actual story of the discovery of the monks and their anti-aging routine that has become known as “The Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation.”)

To good to be true? The only way to find out is to try it.

Information on these exercises I’ll post on my Health Matters blog and Facebook page but you can also google them by tapping into the search bar 5 Tibetans you’ll find plenty of websites with information.

To get familiar with the exercises it is suggested that you start very slowly like with 3 repetitions of each exercise to begin with. Built it up over 2 weeks to up to 7 and when you feel comfortable with them you can increase them  to 14 and then 21. 5 to 10 minutes is what it should takes?

And if I can make another suggestion do them in the morning? It’s a great way to get yourself going.

Health Awareness Week

Next week I’ll talk to you about the Health Awareness Week, Radio X is organising between the 7th and 11 of April. In the Health Awareness Week the question “What is Health” will be at the center of the various programs, features and contributions. Want to know more or contribute then keep listening to Radio X.

I’m Tom Meyers Stress Coach for Body & Mind and contributor of though to a healthier way of living have a great week and if you want to know more about  my work or send me a message then visit