The media has done well to distort people’s idea of what it means to be physically well. When people think of the words “physical wellness,” chances are good that images will come to their mind of men and women with thin waists, toned muscles, tan skin, and perfect complexion. Not only are those images often photoshopped and promote unrealistic body and beauty standards, but they don’t capture what it means to be physically well.
In other words, physical wellness consists of much more than outward physical appearance. In fact, the majority of physical wellness can’t be seen by other people, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important — it definitely is important and prioritizing physical wellness brings a variety of positive benefits, from reducing the risk of heart disease to lowering stress levels. Here is a brief guide to the other aspects of physical wellness and the benefits they bring.
First and foremost is physical fitness. If anything, the pictures plastered throughout the media are representations of physical fitness (unrealistic as they may be). Physical fitness can be broken down into five main parts:
- Muscular strength.
- Muscular endurance.
- Cardiovascular endurance.
- Body composition.
If your goal is to be physically fit, you’ll need to consider all five of these categories, not just one or two. Don’t make the common mistake of ignoring flexibility or cardiovascular endurance, as they play a large role in overall physical wellness. Remember, just because it’s unseen doesn’t mean it’s not important!
Maintaining a regular sleep cycle and getting enough sleep is very important to both physical and mental wellness. Your body craves a regular sleep cycle and it will reward you for keeping one. Some of the benefits include:
- Reduced stress levels
- Lower blood pressure
- Greater clarity of thought
- More energy
- Improved memory
- And more
A balanced diet is one of the most important parts of physical wellness. While most people are familiar with the popular phrase, “You are what you eat!” few people take to heart that their bodies use the nutrients from what they eat to function and grow. Eating a balanced diet will do more to help your body than almost anything else and soon after you change your diet for the better, you will notice that you have more energy, can think more clearly, and get sick less often.
Any physical fitness trainer will tell you that rest and relaxation are as important as working out. Of course, too much relaxation and too much working out are both bad for your body, so finding a balance between them is important. Taking a break from physical exercise will help your body relieve stress, build muscle, and repair the body of minor pains. On your quest to physical wellness, be sure to schedule some time to take a break.