How To Create Your Own Wellness Program
Most people tend to overlook the importance of a wellness program, especially when they are too busy with work, family, or their studies. They are too engrossed in what they are currently doing, making other goals a priority. A Wellness Program is something that should not be neglected. Many people achieve great success and recognition in their life, but often at the cost of their own physical health.
Later in life, people tend to realize that keeping their body healthy and physically fit is making a personal investment in themselves so that they can enjoy doing things during the latter half of their lifetime. No matter how hard they have worked and sacrificed to achieve their dreams, all of it means nothing if they are unable to enjoy the fruits of their labor in the future because they are not physically able to enjoy it.
This is why knowing the concept of physical wellness and applying it to your daily routine is essential in a well-balanced life.
I have many friends at church who are well into their 70’s, and it is rewarding to see them travel all around the world to have amazing adventures. They are able to do this because they worked hard and are enjoying their retirement. They are not only financially secure enough to travel, but because they focused on their physical wellness early in life, they have the physical stamina to enjoy all aspects of their trips.
What is Physical Wellness?
Becoming physically healthy is not just eating right, managing stress, or doing exercise. It is a combination of all three as well as many other related factors. Physical wellness refers to the overall condition of your body, which would allow you to become more productive now and in the future.
In 2011, I woke up one morning and realized that I weighed 396 pounds. I looked in the mirror and I did not recognize the person standing in front of me. In my 20’s, I was in the military and physically fit. I never focused on my 5-mile runs or 10-mile hikes after returning to civilian life. I steadily gained 10-12 pounds per year and never thought about how I was harming myself. That particular morning in 2011, I made the decision that physical wellness was going to be my priority. I have currently lost 175 pounds and 39% of body fat. My life is very different now on all levels because I have energy, confidence, and pride in who I am, not to mention that I can climb stairs two at a time and not get winded while doing so.
When beginning an exercise program it is important to consult with your doctor to make sure that you are able to physically engage in activities in order to be healthier. Tell your doctor your goals and ask for recommendations. Personal Trainers at your local gyms are a great resource. Do your due diligence and make sure you find one who is passionate, trained, and knowledgeable about physical health. My personal trainer specialized in corrective exercises and functional training in order to help me reach my goals.
- Proper Diet – While you are beginning to take care of your body through exercise, you should begin learning the value that proper nutrition can offer you. Eating the right kinds of food, the proper portions and knowing which foods to avoid are essential to proper health and wellness. Eating fast-food, drinking sugar-enhanced drinks, and eating large meals before bedtime should also be minimized.
- Getting Enough Rest – No matter how much you exercise or how particular you are in choosing the right kinds of food to eat, they won’t mean much if you always push your body to the limits. Getting enough rest is crucial as it does not only replenish your energy but also keeps you looking good and ready for the next day. An adult should sleep at least 7-8 hours a day to regain the energy spent during the day.
- Manage Stress – Some people begin to drink, smoke, or emotionally eat due to stress. Whether it is stress from work, home, relationships or finances, it does not do any good to a person’s overall physical wellness is you begin binge eating to solve the problem. Most addictions start because of not having the right type of coping mechanisms and will only make things worse in the long run. Fortunately, stress can be controlled.
Stress management usually begins by identifying the factors that cause stress. However, these factors may not primarily be external ones. You may be surprised that the actual cause of his stress can be their own habits and traits, and not what’s happening around them. For instance, the stress of upcoming work deadlines could be seen as work-related stress on the surface. However, if you dig deeper, their procrastination could be the actual reason why that situation is happening in the first place.
A great way for people to manage stress is to improve their coping skills. With strong coping skills, they can cope with changes in their lives, and quickly begin to process things that cause them anxiety so that stress can be avoided.
What Should I Do?
A wellness program cannot be achieved overnight, and oftentimes people who desire to begin their journey to a healthy lifestyle are hindered by situations and even themselves. It is important to have someone who can push you to attain your goals and rekindle the fire in you to keep going. As a life coach, three things that I recommend to my clients in order to achieve physical wellness are to develop skills in problem-solving, self-discipline, and coping skills. With these three skills as a foundation, they can build a strong future for themselves and their body.
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