Physical Wellness

Physical WellnessPhysical Wellness is foundational to a positive attitude.  Without physical wellness, there can be no lasting positivity. Why? Because when a person is significantly overweight, has body aches and pains, chronic headaches, lack of energy and/or poor sleep, to name just a few, there is little to no hope for feeling well emotionally.  Being well physically benefits you in several ways. Most importantly, physical wellness equals energy!  And energy gets you through the day with a better attitude.  Being tired undeniably equates to less than optimal mood; groggy, cranky feelings accompany a lack of good rest. If we want consistent positivity in our lives, it is important for all of us to identify ways we can maintain physical wellness.

 The Basics of Physical Wellness

Watch what you eat.  Meals and snacks should consist of a healthy balance of foods. Knowing your nutritional needs in addition to not eating too much or too little can lead to better physical wellness.  Overall health improves when we are fueled with healthy foods.  This includes lean protein sources, green vegetables, fruit and minimizing sugar.  Sugar may help you feel energized shortly after it is consumed but the boost of energy is always short-lived and the aftermath is a great big crash.  In addition to zapping energy, eating poorly puts on unneeded pounds which has its own negative effects on mood.

Sleep.  When you are sleep-deprived, your body begins to shut down. Make sure that you feel rested from getting an adequate amount of sleep. This will allow your body to function at a consistent and optimal speed every day.

Hydration.  If this one doesn’t come up in almost every blog post!  Water is our lifeline.  It is essential to feeling positive – physically and emotionally.  Drink your water.

Vitamins and supplements. Ideally we would like to get all our nutrients through food, but in today’s world, many expert nutritionists say it is just not possible.  Supplementing your diet with the right vitamins can help with overall physical wellness.  For example, most people do not get enough Omega 3’s in their diet.  Consult with a healthcare professional on this one!

Exercise. Everyone who is physically able should exercise at least three to five times per week. Exercise helps your body to build muscle, lose weight and prevent illness and disease.  Plus, the endorphins help you to feel great emotionally as well.

Everyday Addictions.   Do you have addictions in your everyday life that interfere with your physical wellness.  Some people are addicted to working. Others avoid over or under eating.  Everyday addictions interfere with our ability to be our best.

Keep learning.  There are several different definitions of improving health.  Improving heath not only means diets, but there are holistic approaches that can be a part of your lifestyle. Keep researching and studying to determine what is and is not effective to help you in improving and maintaining your health.

Stay motivated.  It is easy to begin working on improving our health and it is also easy to discontinue once we do not see immediate results.  Improving your health may not help you feel great on Day 1, but avoid making any judgments until you have given it at least a month. A major aspect of improving your health is remaining consistent and motivated in your activities; make physical wellness an every day priority.

Consult. There are a variety of health care providers and nutritionists that can help you. If you are uncertain about necessary steps to take, get in touch with the right person to determine what you could be doing to improve your physical well-being.