Start your journey to physical wellness informed by reading about its important aspects.
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In this article:
- Physical Activity
- Avoidance of Harmful Substances
- Avoidance of Injuries and Harm
- Regular Medical Examinations
9 Aspects of Physical Wellness You Should Know About
What Is Wellness?
Before we go straight to the physical wellness definition, it would help to explain the concept of wellness first.
Achieving wellness means having a satisfactory condition of existence. As the World Health Organization defines it, “Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
What Is Physical Wellness?
Physical wellness is a state of being characterized by the full integration of states of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
What does physical wellness encompass?
To be physically well, you have you form a lifestyle conducive of bringing the body and mind in their top shape. To achieve this, you have to pay attention to the following:
The micro and macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs, nutrients, and etc.) we get from food supply crucial elements for biochemical processes important for cellular function. The quality and quantity of the food we eat affect our overall physiological circuitry.
Simply put, the food we eat impacts our overall health. And while we instinctively know this, most of us are still guilty of unhealthy diets and eating habits.
One essential aspect of being physically well is adherence to a habit of healthy and disciplined eating.
We know this is easier said than done. Sticking to a healthy diet requires quite the effort and the demands of living in the 21st century aren’t making achieving this feat any easier.
Despite that, knowing how much eating healthy can improve your overall quality of life—it can reduce the risks of diseases, improve mental health, and contribute to higher self-esteem—should sway one to start eating right.
Here are a few general tips to help you:
- Consume calories depending on your current weight and the amount of physical activity you do.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Eat at least five portions of fruits and veggies a day.
- Cut down on sugar and saturated fats. High levels of these two substances in the body can lead to a number of serious diseases.
- Cut down on salt—no more than 6 g daily is ideal.
- Keep fast food to a minimum.
- Make sure you are getting enough nutrients.
- Hydrate properly.
2. Physical Activity
We’ve all heard this before: exercise is good for the health. It’s usually followed by the plethora of health facts to strengthen the claim.
It can improve your mood and contribute to better mental health, reduce the risks of heart disease, boost endurance, and keep you in shape to name a few.
As with eating healthy, the question that begs to be asked for most people though is, how come we don’t exercise despite knowing how it can improve our health?
And we get it, much is happening in everybody’s life and juggling everything all at once can be overwhelming.
Most have too little time to even think about planning a workout routine. Others find it hard to stick to a routine.
But as we’ve previously said, achieving wellness involves a continuous and dynamic process of awareness and dedication to making choices contributing to a healthy and fulfilling life.
One of the solutions then is to think of activities you actually like love doing. In this way, you will enjoy the idea of being physical and sticking to the routine wouldn’t be hard.
There’s something amiss in the well-known advice “you need 8 hours of sleep.” It is the lack of stress on the importance of a regular sleep cycle.
While waking up past noon to complete 8 hours of sleep after staying up late might feel rewarding, it disrupts the body’s natural sleep pattern.
Constant disruption of this cycle may cause many negative symptoms such as:
- extreme fatigue
- memory issues
- emotional instability
- vulnerability to sickness
Such symptoms can taint our body’s overall performance and physical wellness.
Many agents of diseases thrive in dirty places. Your own body is not an exception.
Let’s cover the basics, keeping good hygiene includes showering or taking baths, brushing teeth and flossing, washing hands, and keeping your home clean.
Aside from keeping you away from diseases, maintaining the body clean also has psychological effects. It can boost your mood and improve your self-esteem.
You may not be aware but in unhealthy levels, stress may negatively affect your health. From the common indicators such as headaches or muscle tensions to behavioral changes like overeating or even substance abuse, stress can take its toll on the mind and body.
The busier you get, the stressed you become. That is why regular leisurely activities are great to blow off some steam and unload some of the stress you’ve been experiencing.
While there’s nothing wrong with being career-centered and pursuing your goals head-on, the body can only take so much. As cliched as it might sound, health indeed is wealth.
You owe it to your hardworking body to pause from time to time and do activities that relax you. Go get a massage, take a hike, play your favorite sport, or binge-watch seasons of TV series!
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6. Avoidance of Harmful Substances
Science has efficiently established and proven the dangers of smoking cigarettes. The same is true with overdrinking alcohol.
As the goal of physical wellness is to maintain the body’s tip-top shape, another important aspect to remember is keeping these habits to a minimum if cannot altogether be stopped.
Quitting these vices is indeed hard for many but there are things you can do to slowly break from the grips of these harmful habits. With commitment, and enough support from family and friends, and valuable information, this is not impossible.
This article lists a few different ways to quit nicotine surging; this one offers a guide to overcoming overdrinking.
7. Avoidance of Injuries and Harm
Physical wellness is everything that keeps the body from being less-than-healthy. This also includes avoidance of physical injuries which may happen either due to our negligence or by accident.
Here are a few instances that may harm the body:
- Irresponsible driving
- Risky sexual behavior
- Home hazards
- Improper workout form and techniques
8. Regular Medical Examinations
There are many factors that affect our overall health. Sometimes even in the strictest efforts to be healthy, diseases may arise.
This is especially true for people with genetic predisposition to certain diseases. Hence, it is important to regularly visit your doctor for physical assessments.
Ultimately, the most essential factor needed to achieve overall wellness is self-management.
Self-management, as its name suggests is the management of the self—taking responsibility for your own behavior and well-being.
Straightforward as it might seem, many people struggle with this skill. Self-management requires deep self-knowledge.
Only from truly getting acquainted with yourself can you pinpoint areas in your life that need improvement. Then, through commitment and dedication to bringing the self into its best state, the continuous and dynamic process wellness enters the stage.
If you’ll think of physical wellness as a state where the body and mind at their best, the things you need to do to achieve it can come quite instinctive. Answering the question of why you aren’t doing them is where it gets tricky.
That’s where self-management is needed best. After figuring out the answers you need to have initiative, you need to be organized, and you need to have accountability.
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The proper care of the body and mind grounded in self-management and the desire to improve the self is a crucial step to achieving overall wellness. Hopefully, this guide has given you a picture of everything that has to be done to achieve this amazing goal.
Do you have any other questions about physical wellness? Let us know in the comments section below!