Wellness is the state of being healthy and free from disease. It is determined by a person’s lifestyle and choices leading to a healthy or unhealthy being. There are seven levels of wellness that integrate to form a whole person. One level of wellness is physical wellness, intentionally prioritizing one’s general physical health to promote a better body to maintain an individual’s quality of life. To achieve physical wellness, you should keep a healthy weight, get adequate sleep or rest, prioritize hygiene, consume healthy food, and avoid alcohol and drugs.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

There is no such thing as a perfect body or weight, but knowing your numbers is essential in maintaining a healthy weight. Your significant numbers to know are your height and weight ratio, waist to hip ratio, waist circumference, BMI (basal metabolic rate), and body fat percentage. This information can be obtained during an annual physical exam by your Medical Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. These numbers play a significant role in determining whether you need to lose or maintain weight to be well.

Get A Full Night’s Rest

Sleep plays a major role in the well-being of the body, from mental clarity to providing the body with the energy to endure an entire day. Sleep is linked to cardiovascular health, obesity, and diabetes, increasing the risks if sufficient sleep needs are unmet. Obtaining adequate sleep results in better food choices, clearer thoughts, less stress on the heart, and decreased stress. Learning to listen to your body and taking a nap or going to bed earlier will positively impact your health.

Get So Fresh and So Clean

When was the last time you took a bubble bath? After a nice bath or shower, be intentional about what you wear. When you put on something nice, it not only looks good, but it also feels great! Washing your body a couple of times per day decreases bacterial growth in certain hard-to-reach places, and most importantly, it makes you smell good too! Top that off with a nice outfit, and you will feel amazing!

Say No To Drugs

If you choose to consume alcohol, it should be in moderation, as alcohol and other drugs, including illicit drugs, are harmful to the body. Over consumption of alcohol or illicit drugs directly affects your liver, causing serious, life-threatening damage. Be mindful of how much alcohol you consume, the frequency of over-the-counter drug use, and steer clear of illicit drugs. Having self-awareness of one’s physical wellness will help an individual to become intentional about prioritizing their health to reach their optimal level of health. Physical wellness is an important level of well-being that helps an individual maintain themself holistically.