Exercise for physical fitness is just part of an overall wellness goal. Mental and spiritual wellness must also be considered.
As we move forward into 2015, many of us have set New Year’s resolutions. Many of us have or will set a wellness goal this year. But what is wellness? When we think of wellness, most often we think of our physical state: How fit are we? Are we ill? Do we exhibit another type of physical symptom? However, if we examine the full meaning of wellness, we find that not only should we be healthy physically, but mentally and spiritually, as well.
Nutritional wellness surrounds the dietary aspects of our body. Often we attempt to make drastic changes and cannot stick to our new year’s goals. This year, try small lifestyle changes by eating more fruits and vegetables or perhaps adding a multivitamin to improve your nutritional status.
Physical wellness, generally speaking, begins with exercise. Extensive research shows many different health benefits to an active lifestyle including exercise. Take it a step at a time; 30 minutes a few days a week to start will get you on the right path. Increase time, frequency and intensity. As your overall physical wellness improves, your overall wellness will thank you.
To achieve emotional wellness, we have to slow down. In today’s busy lifestyle, it is easy to forget to take care of ourselves. Be sure to schedule some time for you. Improve your intellectual wellness by spending a few minutes reading, meditating, or just taking in the day in solitude while recharging to gain the energy necessary to take on the rest of the day or week.
Finally, tend to your spiritual and social wellness. This was easy to do during the past holiday season while spending time with family and friends. Keep it up now through the year by taking time to do what is important to you. This may be volunteering with a local organization or becoming more involved in church. Other ideas may be to incorporate a time of mental reflection into a walk in the park or near the river or lake, also incorporating some physical wellness at the same time. Whatever you find pleasing, make some time for it.
Finding a healthy balance of nutritional, physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social wellness in 2015 is certain to make this year one of the best and healthiest ever.
By Chris Dixon