The Essence of Energy - Well being Series
The world of worksite wellness has traditionally been almost exclusively
about physical health. Are you healthy, are you absent from disease, do you eat right, exercise, etc.? But in the world of wellness, a shift is underway. New research is showing a host of other factors contribute to your overall health and well-being, such as how connected you are to others, your finances, your purpose, your environment and community all play a large role.
Yet nothing will stop you in your tracks quicker than getting the flu, throwing your back out or being diagnosed with an illness or disease. There is a reason for the quote “The greatest wealth is health.” Physical health always has been, and always will be, a pillar of any wellness or well-being paradigm.
Everyone wants his or her body to function as it was designed to function. For that to happen some effort is needed. This means one must “use it or lose it". If you do not use your muscles, lungs and heart as much as they were intended, they will atrophy. Or if you don’t eat healthy food your body will not have the proper balance of nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy.
The basic elements of good physical health and the source of your daily energy are not likely to change anytime soon:
- At least 20-30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
- Eat natural, healthy foods, lots of fruits and vegetables, and minimize sugar intake
- Get seven to eight hours of sleep most days of the week
- Manage stress
- Don’t use tobacco products
- Know your numbers – Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, Weight
Paying attention to all of the basic elements has proven and desirable benefits - keeping weight at a healthy level, more energy and endurance, preventing disease or illness, allowing one to bounce back quicker from injury or disease, and improving memory and learning, to name just a few.
Yet while we may know all of the above, experience shows, knowing the information is not enough to get one to do everything they should. But a supportive environment, with effective and fun programs, goes a long way in making it easier to engage in the basic health elements.
Valorie Bender, CWPM