Out of the six dimensions of wellness, social, physical, spiritual, vocational, emotional and intellectual, physical wellness is the dimension that comes to mind first when thinking about overall wellness. Some may think that the physical dimension only refers to exercise, but this is not true. The physical dimension of wellness involves encouraging regular activities that produce endurance, flexibility and strength along with encouraging knowledge about food and nutrition and discourages the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption. It is the full integration of states of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
As you commit to a better physical wellness you may find that the path is narrow and treacherous. Recognizing vital signs and understanding your body’s warning signs will lead to a successful path. Benefits of following a successful path are not only physically beneficial but psychologically beneficial as well. Self esteem, self control, and a sense of direction follow from the physical benefits of looking good and feeling terrific!
Below are steps for improving Physical Wellness & Physical Fitness:
- Exercise three times a week, 20-30 minutes per session
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, and walk whenever possible
- Get consistent and adequate sleep
- Learn to recognize early signs of illness
- Listen to your body
- Eat breakfast- it’s the most important meal of the day!
- Use sugar, salt, fat and alcohol in moderation
Applying knowledge and skills of nutrition, exercise, and safety to your everyday routine may raise the ability to live the physically fit life. A wise person once said, “Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
Contributed By: Lexi Slater (Wellness Assistant)