Physical Wellness promotes a healthier body that is able to function more efficiently and helps you feel better physically. Physical Wellness involves a variety of activities that support your physical well-being. Physical Wellness isn’t just about losing weight, although that may be a part of your specific Physical Wellness plan. For optimum Physical Wellness, one need’s to practice smart health habits that include healthy nutrition, regular exercise and physical activity, regular hygiene routines and getting adequate rest and relaxation.
With the heavy demands that society places upon us, it is becoming increasingly important to seek programs that promote stress management and physical wellness.
The Journey to Physical Wellness
As you travel the path to achieving physical wellness, you’ll make every effort to spend more time each week to build your endurance, flexibility and strength. When the path becomes narrow and arduous at times, and it will, you’ll be more aware of the obstacles you encounter and begin to take the necessary precautions to continue successfully on your path. Being Physically Well also means taking responsibility for personal illnesses and knowing when professional medical attention is needed.
By traveling this physical wellness path, you will get in touch with your body like never before and be able to monitor and understand your body’s warning signs. You will understand and value the relationship between good nutrition and your body’s performance. Physical Wellness brings almost immediate results, physically and psychologically. You will experience the benefits of looking good, feeling terrific, enhanced self-esteem, self control, determination and a sense of direction.
Steps for Improving Physical Wellness / Physical Fitness
§ Exercise 3-6 times a week, 20-60 minutes per session
§ Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, and walk whenever possible
§ Get consistent and adequate sleep
§ Use seat belts and helmets, and encourage others to do so
§ Learn to recognize early signs of illness
§ Listen to your body
§ Practice safe sex
§ Eat breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day
§ Eat a variety of healthy foods
§ Stop smoking and protect yourself against second-hand smoke
§ Control your meal portions and try to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day
§ Use sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol in moderation
Physical Wellness Assessment
The physical dimension of wellness involves encouraging regular activities that produce endurance, flexibility and strength. Read each statement carefully and respond honestly by using the following scoring:
Almost always = 2 points Sometimes/occasionally = 1 point Very seldom = 0 points
_____ 1. I exercise aerobically (vigorous, continuous) for 20 to 30 minutes at least three times per week.
_____ 2. I eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains every day.
_____ 3. I avoid tobacco products.
_____ 4. I wear a seat belt while riding in and driving a car.
_____ 5. I deliberately minimize my intake of cholesterol, dietary fats, and oils.
_____ 6. I avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or I consume no more than one drink per day.
_____ 7. I get an adequate amount of sleep.
_____ 8. I have adequate coping mechanisms for dealing with stress.
_____ 9. I maintain a regular schedule of immunizations, physicals, dental checkups and self-exams.
_____ 10. I maintain a reasonable weight, avoiding extremes of overweight and underweight.
_______ Total for Physical Wellness Dimension
Score: 15 to 20 Points – Excellent strength in this dimension.
Score: 9 to 14 Points – There is room for improvement. Look again at the items in which you scored 1 or 0. What changes can you make to improve your score?
Score: 0 to 8 Points – This dimension needs a lot of work. Look again at this dimension and challenge yourself to begin making small steps toward growth here. Remember: The goal is balanced wellness.