The 4 Wellness Doctors

The Only 4 Wellness Doctors You Will Ever Need

First and foremost, I cannot take the credit for the concept of the 4 Wellness Doctors, but through my training with the CHEK (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute I have applied it to my own life and I have coached numerous clients through the 4-step process.

Graham Whitehead Health

Dr Happiness

Wellness - Dr HappinessFirst ask your self this: WHAT

  • makes you happy?
  • makes you feel good?
  • gives you a sense of purpose?
  • are you passionate about?
  • would be your chosen career?

These are some of the questions you can ask yourself. Your Dr Happy is always there to lead us to a life that fulfils our individual wants and needs. Furthermore, it can advise us if we are leading a life that does not maintain our core values and if this appears to be the case then every facet of our life can become a burden.


Dr Diet

We all know diet is a key part of our health and wellbeing. The quality of our food and drink we consume will affect our energy levels, emotions, physical health, mental clarity, productivity, performance, and overall health.

Wellness - Dr DietThe interesting thing about Dr Diet is the fact that what we think is healthy isn’t and what we think isn’t healthy is. There is an awful lot of confusion out there regarding our perceptions of healthy foods. What I can tell you is that everyone’s nutritional demands will vary.

Time and time again when working with people individually I have found that when the diet is deficient there simply is not enough energy or clarity of mind to initiate and sustain the changes needed for self-healing.

Dr Quiet

This wellness doctor is the chief physician making it the most important of the 4 Doctors.

He is responsible for energy management and recovery. One of the most common Meditation - Dr Quietissues with Dr Quiet is sleep. People simply aren’t getting enough sleep. You can make some big improvements in your health if you get adequate amounts of sleep. I recommend getting around 8 hours of sleep per night. Timing is also crucial because our body’s circadian rhythms are related to the rising and falling off the sun. 10:00pm is an optimal time to go to sleep by as the time from
10pm – 2am is the stage in our sleep of physical repair and 2 am – 6 am is dedicated to cognitive and mental repair.

Dr Movement

Dr Movement is related to our exercise. Do you work out? Or do you work in? Working in is the body accumulating energy through activities such as yoga, tai chi, stretching, massage etc. Working out is the body expending energy, such as cycling, lifting weights, running, or playing sports.Wellness - Dr Movement

Often people are not getting enough of the above 3 wellness doctors and as a result they do not have the energy to work out. This is because their body is short of resources. However, when these 3 Wellness Doctors mentioned are balanced, we can begin to exercise in a way where the body receives a positive response from exercise. Without the right amount of movement, suffer not only physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I am sure you can begin to see how the 4 Doctors integrate with one another. Day in and day out I see how people’s daily challenges in life, occupation, relationships, and ambitions are heavily related to imbalances in their 4 Doctors. Most importantly, it is vital for health and wellbeing that the 4 Doctors are balanced.

Be your own wellness doctor – the only prescriptions you’ll be writing are the ones that come naturally or free: happiness, exercise, good food and meditation.

Graham Whitehead is a Personal Trainer based in Harrogate, specialising in Injury Rehabilitiation, Wellness and Sports Conditioning, Weight Loss, Holistic Lifestyle Coaching, Improving Posture, Corrective Exercise, Nutritional Coaching, and generally improving your health and lifestyle.
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