It's Wellness Wednesday! As we recently have discussed, wellness means overall well-being and we learned wellness incorporates the several dimensions of a person's life. Each dimension of wellness can affect overall quality of life, so it is important to consider all aspects of health.
Today, we focused on the especially important physical element of wellness. Physical wellness involves aspects of life that are necessary to keep yourself in top condition.
Optimal physical wellness is developed through the combination of beneficial physical activity/exercise and healthy eating habits. Elemental components of physical wellness include building muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular strength and endurance and flexibility.
Physical wellness is also concerned with developing personal responsibility for your own health care, such as caring for minor illnesses and knowing when professional medical attention is needed. Developing physical wellness empowers you to be able to monitor your own vital signs and understand your body's warning signs. You'll understand and appreciate the relationship between sound nutrition and how your body performs. The physical benefits of looking good and feeling terrific most often lead to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction.
Ask yourself these questions as to whether or not you are engaged in the process of physical wellness…
Do I know important health numbers, like my cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels?
Do I get annual physical exams?
Do I avoid using tobacco products?
Do I get sufficient amount of sleep?
Do I have an established exercise routine?
If you answered "No" to any of the questions, it may indicate an area to improve.