Physical wellness is the aspect of “wellness” that is normally referenced when someone is asked, “How are you?” and that person answers,”Very well. Thank you.” And it is also the one that I have stubbornly paid the most attention to in my earlier “wellness” writings.
Looking back, I see that I have attended more to topics like the health benefits of green tea, the health benefits of running, preventing cancer, and the evils of obesity than I have examining other equally important dimensions of wellness like spiritual, financial, social, or workplace wellness. Physical wellness has particular relevance for people in multi-cultural New Mexico because it often involves the ethnicity factor. For example, according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Hispanics have a much higher rate of obesity than to American Whites or African-Americans; and The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has the sometimes fatal hantavirus infection on its New Mexico watch list because that state has by far the most cases every year.
Physical Wellness involves improving and guarding one’s physical health and well-being four ways:
1. By having good nutrition
a. Illnesses such as the common cold, abdominal discomfort and fatigue can be managed with proper diet and nutritional supplements that boost your immune system.
b. You can find stores in Albuquerque that sell only healthy food
c. Five foods to never eat
d. Foods that slow aging
e. Nutrition consultants in Albuquerque
2. By doing regular physical activity we increase chances of living longer by decreasing the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome; we improve mental our health and mood; we manage our weight better; and we increase muscle and bone strength.
a. Find a gym in Albuquerque
b. Find a personal trainer in Albuquerque
c. Maps of all hiking and running trails in Albuquerque
3. By engaging in practices that lead to better health. Unlike “activity,” what is meant by “practices” are habits and processes in everyday life that have to do with making intelligent life choices living well by making the right life decisions, not just in what we choose to have for breakfast, how many hours of sleep we get, or how often we jog, but how we treat others, how we parent, how charitable we are to those in need, and how we choose to spend our time and money. All of these practices, at the end of the day, determine out state of physical health.
a. There are physical activity considerations for the treatment and prevention ofobesity
b. There are a number of health clubs in Albuquerque
c. How to make the right life decisions
4. By keeping up with scientific research about maintaining wellness, whether by reading the newspaper, journals, and magazines or using the Internet. For example, knowing that:
a. the week of June 19-25 is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week
b. excessive pregnancy weight gain is linked to later obesity in women
c. iron deficiency during pregnancy common in United States
d. there are key warning signs of heart disease & heart attack
e. you can easily follow and learn from internationally recognized health experts onFace book, TwitterorBlogs
f. there are web sites in Albuquerque that people with cancer, brain injury, epilepsy, diabetes, weight management, and other diseases and conditions can access for help and support or to find a health care professional
By visiting these links, and then internalizing and acting on what you learn, you will be able to improve your physical wellness, which will lead you to a higher level of total wellness.
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Next is part 4 of the series: spiritual wellness