Wellness Series: The Physical Dimension

Physical wellness refers to how we maintain our bodily health and the habits affecting it. What we eat, how much sleep we get and our level of physical activity are important factors of this wellness dimension. Along with treating ailments as they develop, it’s vital to maintain healthy habits and incorporate preventive health measures to one’s lifestyle.

To improve and maintain your physical wellness, try to engage in some sort of physical activity on a regular basis. The Mayo Clinic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts recommend 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity and two session of strength training per week. Examples of aerobic exercise include running, swimming, dancing, rope jumping and cycling, though there are several other methods as well. Strength training can be done with free weights and machine but also by using one’s own body weight.

Keeping nutrition up is also important. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has several recommendations and guides on ways to create healthy eating habits, eating nutritiously when dining out, expanding your meal variety and much more.

For campus resources, take advantage of Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center for nutrition, physical health services and its many exercise amenities and programs. If you need assistance finding or buying food, the Office of the Dean of Students has a list of food resources.