Physical wellness is a feeling of physical well-being. It is the spring in your step, it is the motivation to “get up and go,” it is the drive to improve your physical conditioning, and take care of your body to keep it in a state of optimal health and functioning.
Optimal physical wellness is achieved through the combination of beneficial physical activity or exercise, and practicing healthy eating habits. Core components of physical wellness include (but are certainly not limited to) building muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular strength and endurance, and building flexibility.
Physical wellness also involves developing personal responsibility for your own health care, such as caring for minor illnesses and knowing when professional medical attention is required. Cultivating physical wellness teaches you to monitor your own vital signs and understand your body’s warning signals. It also provides greater understanding and appreciation of the relationship between high-quality nutrition and how your body performs. The physical benefits of looking and feeling healthy most often lead to the psychological benefits of improved self-esteem, self-control, determination, and sense of direction.
Are you actively engaged in the process of physical wellness? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do I eat unhealthy foods?
Do I know important health numbers, like my cholesterol, weight, and blood pressure?
Do I receive annual physical exams?
Do I smoke or otherwise use tobacco?
Do I get enough sleep at night?
Do I exercise regularly?
If you answered “No” to any of the questions, that may be an indication of where you can improve the state of your physical wellness.