What is Wellness?

Our Agony Uncle for wellness and fitness Lyndon Littlefair (Corrective & Performance Exercise Specialist at www.londonwellness.co.uk) has sent us great advice on the true meaning of Wellness.

What is the true meaning of Wellness? What does it really mean to be well?
Does it simply mean to be not unwell and free of illness?

Or does it mean that you have endless amounts of energy, very rarely get sick and bounce out of bed every day ready to take on the world?

If the latter picture is you, that’s fantastic!!

If not then there are probably a few areas that you could improve to:

– Increase energy levels

– Decrease fatigue

– Increase mental alertness at work and play

– Rarely become ill

– Feel fantastic most of the time!

So What Does Wellness Encompass?

So what is it that makes up the true meaning of wellness? If you are looking at the overall picture, then you really need to look at the overall picture.

Wellness can be influenced by a huge variety of factors each as important as the other. These influencing factors can and do include:

– Optimizing sleep / wake patterns

– Consuming good quality foods

– Eating correctly for your biochemical individuality

– Consuming good quality water

– Consuming enough water

– Drinking alcohol in moderation

– Not smoking cigarettes

– Eliminating toxins from your body

– Decreasing your exposure to electromagnetic stress

– Limiting the amount of stress in your life

– Effectively handling the stress in your life

– Keeping a positive attitude to life

– Being happy with yourself

– Being physically active

– Being mentally active

This list above is by no means the completed list. I’m sure that as you read over the list you are thinking of other factors that could influence how you feel on a day-to-day basis. However, the point that I am trying to raise is that there are a lot of factors that will influence your overall wellness.

If you can honestly say that you are doing all of the above, then you are well on the way to achieving an overall very positive state of wellness. If not then you could start to look at the various factors to improve your overall health.

Wellness is not just determined by being physically fit, or not having to visit the doctor. Wellness is about being in the best shape possible, physically, mentally and emotionally.

I hope that this article has made you stop and think a little bit about what you could be doing to enhance your health and overall wellbeing.

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