Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of wellness. Many people think about "wellness" in terms of physical health only. Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It is a complex interaction that leads to quality of life. The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as, “an active process through which people become aware of and make choices towards a more successful existence”.
Wellness is commonly viewed as having seven dimensions. Each dimension contributes to our own sense of wellness or quality of life, and each affects and overlaps the others. At times one may be more prominent than others, but neglect of any one dimension for any length of time has adverse effects on overall health. Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment. Wellness is positive, affirming and a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.
This challenge encourages you to take one week to analyze your current state of wellness. During this week you will look at one dimension of wellness each day and determine where you fall on a path to overall wellness. Each day you are encouraged to document your thoughts while analyzing that dimension. Action tips are provided to generate wellness-promoting ideas that coincide with each dimension.
DAY 1: PHYSICAL The physical dimension identifies the importance of physical activity and good nutrition, as well as self-management of other health promotion areas such as tobacco, alcohol, and drug use. In addition, this dimension focuses on personal responsibility for medical self-care and understanding when professional medical attention is needed. The path to wellness will result in sound nutrition, regular physical activity, and proper self-management of health promotion and medical concerns.
Analyze your current state of physical wellness based on the description. Engage in regular physical activity for a minimum of 150 minutes per week and incorporate movement into your day in addition to planned exercise to avoid being sedentary. Consume food and beverages that will enhance good health. Monitor your own vital signs, such as blood pressure and blood sugar, and schedule routine visits to a primary care physician.
Action Tips: Increase your cardiovascular physical activity by 30 minutes this week and add strength training at least three days per week. Move away from your desk every hour for five minutes and walk, stand, pace, or deskercise. Rethink your Drink--choose more water and limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
KEEP IN MIND:
There are several risks of a sedentary lifestyle that include but are not limited to: prolonged sitting can impair the body’s ability to deposit fat, interrupt the functioning of HDL (the healthy cholesterol), and increase one’s risk for cardiovascular disease and other causes of mortality.
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