Everyone knows that they should exercise and eat healthier. However, not many people realize that there can be setbacks on the path to physical wellness. Exercising is not without its risks, and you can potentially hurt yourself if you are not careful.
For example: insufficient rest, not warming up, or not knowing how to perform an exercise are common ways people get injured. Once injured, they cannot exercise anymore and lose their hard-earned progress. After recovering, they worry that they’ll just get hurt again when they exercise. Frustrated at their setback, many people end up quitting.
This doesn’t have to be you.
We’ve written numerous guides about injury prevention and treatment – preventative exercises, massages, proper posture (as well as posture improvement exercises and posture correctors). If you are already suffering from muscle pain and aches, we’ve got articles on common pain points that can affect the upper body and lower body and how to deal with them. This is the stuff that actually works.
Lastly, we’ve even delved into the topic of alternative medicine, specifically acupuncture and chiropractic. You might have heard about these treatments; they’ve become really popular in recent decades.
Here’s the kicker: when it comes to alternative medicine, very little of it works, and even that is debatable.
After all, if it did work, it would just be called medicine, not alternative medicine, right? We do not endorse pseudoscience and quackery, and we want to educate our readers on the facts and dispel any myths.
With that said, we hope our guides can assist you on your path to physical wellness. You can read our latest guides below to learn more.
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The Importance of Physical Wellness
Physical wellness is the process of taking care of our bodies so that it remains healthy and functional. There are a few factors to physical wellness that are all equally important. Overall, it is comprised of physical fitness, nutrition, and mental well-being to ensure your body remains in peak condition.
Getting the perfect balance of physical wellness is necessary if you want to increase the impact you have on your personal health. As you make efforts to improve yourself, you will discover the areas that you excel at, as well as areas that need improvement.
Let’s go over each of the factors of physical wellness and why they are important.
Maintaining and improving your physical condition will keep your mind and body in perfect working order. Some benefits of doing daily exercises are stronger muscles and bones, reduced chance of developing diseases, weight loss, and increased energy levels.
Doing any sort of physical activity, even just a leisurely amount, may provide health benefits. If you currently do not do any sort of exercise, you can start by walking. Gradually build up your endurance until you can handle the recommended amount of 30 minutes of activity a day. You should be active most days; in fact, it is ideal if you are active every day.
If you are struggling to come up with ways to improve your fitness levels, here are some suggestions. For instance, if a trip you are planning to take is close by, try walking or cycling there instead of driving. Consider walking your kids to school, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Any increase in your daily activity due to small changes will benefit you.
You must nourish your body with nutrients by eating a balanced diet. By consuming a diet high in vitamins and nutrients, you will prevent disease and maintain proper bodily function.
Eating natural foods instead of “junk” processed foods will provide a positive impact on your weight. In combination with exercise, your weight will be kept in check. Obese individuals are at a high risk of developing Type II diabetes, and the extra weight puts unnecessary stress on their joints which restrict their ability to exercise.
Furthermore, when you eat a nutritious diet, you will strengthen your immune system. You will be less at risk of getting sick from infections, whereas overweight individuals are more susceptible.
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
Having sufficient levels of exercise and a nutritious diet will directly benefit your emotional wellness. It will keep your mind sharp, as well as improve your self-control and self-esteem.
For example, a number of studies have shown that exercise can help battle depression. There are many hypotheses as to how. First, exercise may keep your mind off of negative thoughts. Next, exercise will increase your opportunities for social contact, which drives away loneliness.
Furthermore, increased fitness levels may help you sleep better and improve your mood. This may occur because when you exercise your brain increases production of hormones like endorphins and serotonin, which help to relieve stress and pain.
The Path to Physical Wellness
Realizing the connection between your body’s mental and physical health is important to achieve balanced physical wellness. When you are on the path to improve your overall wellness, you’ll find that how your body performs physically ties to how you feel mentally and emotionally.
Physical wellness promotes the tenets of good health and knowledge, which impacts one’s thinking and actions and result in a healthier lifestyle. Below are some recommendations for you to get started on your path to an optimal state of physical wellness.
- Do some form of exercise for 30 minutes daily. You can even break up the 30 minutes into three 10 minute sessions.
- Whenever possible, try to use the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.
- Recognize when your body may be falling ill, and allow your body to rest.
- Eat a diet that is high in vitamins, minerals, and fibre. This can be accomplished by eating lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain products.
- Portion your meals so that you do not overindulge.
- Get sufficient rest. The recommended amount is 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Try not to stare at your phone in bed, as this will limit your melatonin production, the hormone that tells your body to fall asleep.