We often feel that if we are not ill then we have wellness. I personally believe that there is more to wellness than just not being sick. First believe me that I really do not know everything, we'll leave that for the teenagers. The following article is more about the way I view life and the way I view Wellness. It is actually all my opinion and you are free to agree or disagree with all or part, but if it makes you think about your own wellness and helps you evaluate your own elements of wellness then it is well worth it.
When I speak of wellness I speak of more than just having a healthy body. True wellness to me includes balance in the following six elements.
First is Fitness. That is physical fitness or we could say physical wellness. How well are you physically? The terms wellness and fitness are sometimes used interchangeably. I would definitely disagree with that. You can have a person that is very fit but quite unhealthy. I read not long ago where a pro basketball player who was extremely physically fit died on the court because he had a heart condition. I would say that a person with a heart condition doesnt fit being well. He had fitness but not wellness.
You can not even have wellness without at least some amount of fitness. That does not mean that you have to be able to run a marathon, play pro basketball or even ride a bike 100 miles in a day as I often do. That simply means you have to be fit enough to get your a normal workday. There are many that have trouble doing that, people with what is known as fibromyalgia or those with chronic fatigue syndrome often have a great deal of problem just making it through the day.
But as I said before true total wellness revolves for me at least around 6 parameters or elements. The first we have just examined is the physical wellness or fitness. Here is how I define physical wellness. It is the ability to apply knowledge, motivation and commitment toward achieving a goal of being physically healthy and fit. This may require removing destructive behavior such as smoking, overeating, drinking, doing drugs or any number of other incorrect behaviors while replacing them with behavior that is beneficial to your life and living. Physical wellness would be enhanced by improving your diet and your exercise program as well.
Social Wellness is the second element in my 6 elements theory. Social wellness I define as the ability to interact with others, establish and maintain relationships and have friendships that last and improve the quality of your live. My wife and I have been married for 36 years and will celebrate our 37th on September 18, 2007. If you look at some of the things we have done with our lives you may or may not be impressed, but we did many of …