Wellness 101: Learn the Basics of Becoming a Healthier Version of Yourself - Physical Wellness
So you want to be healthier. I’m sure this thought has crossed your mind a time or two before. When it comes down to putting healthier lifestyle choices into action, though, more often than not we get stuck behind a rumbling of excuses and missed opportunity. Why is that? Time after time I get the same response, “I just don’t know where to start.” So let’s start!
Wellness itself is a combination of seven different aspects of your life:
- Social wellness - focuses on having a positive interaction with others and nature.
- Occupational wellness - encompasses your overall attitude toward your work.
- Spiritual wellness - seeks to find meaning and purpose for your human existence.
- Intellectual wellness - encourages creative and stimulating mental activities.
- Emotional wellness - allows you to become aware of and accept a wide range of feelings in yourself and others.
- Environmental wellness - focuses on leading a lifestyle that is respectful towards the environment.
- Physical wellness - embraces aspects of exercise, nutrition and medical care.
As you look to start on your journey toward a healthier lifestyle we often focus primarily on the last dimension - physical wellness. Exercise programs will quickly fall apart without a little planning; take time to put together some goals before you get going. Goal planning will help keep you focused so don’t be afraid to let your family, friends or co-workers know some of your fitness goals. This will help with accountability. Goals should be planned out for the short and long term, and make them S.M.A.R.T. (Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic and Time-bound).
Adults are recommended to get 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. This includes cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. If you’re just getting started remember 30 minutes is your end goal, so start small, and aim for 10 - 15 minutes a couple times a week. You’re in the process of changing your behavior, which takes time. Make it enjoyable. Mix up activities of exercise like going for a walk, light jog, or a bike ride with leisurely activities like golfing or yard work. Once you begin to get comfortable with exercising during the week add in some strength training a couple of those days. Bodyweight exercises are great (and they won’t break the bank).
Now that you’re ready to get started, write down your goals, put them somewhere you can see them every day, lace those shoes up and get started. You’re ready to become a healthier version of you!