The physical dimension recognizes the need for regular physical activity and good
nutrition. Physical development promotes learning about diet and nutrition while discouraging
the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption. Physical wellness is
the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows one to get through daily
activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. Optimal physical wellness is
met through a combination of good exercise and eating habits. Improving physical wellness
consists of building physical strength, flexibility and endurance while taking safety
precautions including medical self-care and appropriate use of a medical system as
well as protecting oneself from injuries and harm. The physical dimension of wellness
involves personal responsibility, disease prevention, and care for minor illnesses
and also knowing when professional medical attention is needed. Being physically fit
and feeling physically well often leads to the psychological benefits of enhanced
self-esteem, self -control, determination and a sense of direction.
SHORT VERSION: Physical Wellness is the process of making choices to create flexible, cardiovascularly fit, energetic strong bodies. The choices we make are related to exercise, nutrition, rest and sleep, intentional and responsible sexual choices, stress management, management of injury and illness, and the responsible use of alcohol and other drugs.
Tips and suggestions for optimal physical wellness:
1. Exercise daily.
2. Get adequate sleep.
3. Prevent injuries by using seat belts, wearing helmets, and other protective equipment.
4. Learn to recognize early signs of illness and prevent diseases.
5.Eat a variety of healthy foods and control meal portions.
6. Use alcohol in moderation if at all.
8. Quit smoking or continue to refrain from smoking and protect from second-hand smoke.
9. Strive to reach and maintain a healthy weight.