Wellness of the body occurs when all the body processes, physical and mental are functioning at the peak levels. What does it take to achieve a complete body wellness? It requires more than simply taking a trip to the gym, or a walk in the park.
Many people say: “If you have your health, you have everything.” That is a true statement. Take away your health and see how tough it is to live and enjoy life!
To evaluate you state of wellness, you must establish the goals you achieve through being well. By being healthy you make you live more enriched and easier to live. Being in good health you are able to reap the benefits of well thought out plans of diet and exercise. You will add many quality years to your life, because you have taken the time to remain well and fit.
Your immune system is a tale tell sign of your state of wellness. One of the real benefits of a healthy immune system is preventing or delaying the onset of many age-related diseases. Conditions such as heart disease (including heart attack, stroke), diabetes, cancer, muscular degeneration, Alzheimer’s. Immune system also governs where or not you get all the colds and flu’s that run through the community. Overall feelings of good health depend upon a healthy immune system.
Your ability to continue in a normal routine many years past the accepted age of retirement is a goal achieved through maintaining a state of wellness. To many older people, their work becomes a genuine source of enjoyment. Work no longer appears as the thief of our free time, it becomes an old friend that we are accustomed to visiting with. It can become a reason to continue to get up and go about our day. At retirement, many folks look to work part time or as consultants or volunteers. Activity keeps your mind sharp. Either way, your ability to continue participating in the community and family is a direct benefit of our state of wellness and continued good health.
In evaluating you wellness goals, and state of being, the mental capacity for continued learning, teaching, and experiencing is a top priority. Mental sharpness comes from continued use of the mind to learn, communicate and think. The benefit of retaining those resources is felt even longer than the benefit of physical wellness. Play thinking games like crossword puzzles, sudoku, etc to keep the mind sharp.
What about the physical benefits of continued wellness? The peace of mind that comes from knowing your body is in top shape, ready to deal whatever comes along, is a priceless possession. To be able to ascertain that you’ve spent your day wisely, and invested in yourself is a real accomplishment. The benefit seen from adding just 20 minutes of exercise to your daily routine are unbelievable. Go for a walk. Find a dance class or do yoga. Just move. Increased energy levels are one of the greatest benefits of a well and fit body.
Continued wellness and evaluation of our level of wellness is a lifetime responsibility.
If you educate your selve about the things the body needs to maintain wellness, over the duration of life, health isn’t a difficult thing to attain. The benefits of continued wellness are reaped well into the later years. Eating healthy, thinking healthy, exercise is worth the effort. Look at it as an investment you make, not of dollars and cents, but of time and education. The return on your investment is as yet unmatched by any prescription available. Health.
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Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS