Day 1: Physical Dimension
The physical dimension identifies the importance of physical activity and good nutrition, as well as self-management of other health promotion areas such as tobacco, alcohol, and drug use. In addition, this dimension focuses on personal responsibility for medical self-care and understanding when professional medical attention is needed. The path to wellness will result in sound nutrition, regular physical activity, and proper self-management of health promotion and medical concerns.
Day 1: Analyze your current state of physical wellness based on the description. Are you participating in regular physical activity for a minimum of 150 minutes per week in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans? Are you incorporating movement into your day in addition to planned exercise to avoid being sedentary? Are you consuming food and beverages that will enhance good health, or help to manage a dietary concern such as type II diabetes? Are you practicing health promotion self-management to keep secondary conditions such as pressure sores and pain in check? Are you monitoring your own vital signs, such as blood pressure and blood sugar, and scheduling routine visits to a primary care physician? Consider other components to the physical dimension of wellness that are specific to you.
Action Tips: Increase your cardiovascular physical activity by 30 minutes this week. Options include brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, Zumba®, and using gym equipment (elliptical, rowing, arm ergometer). Move away from your desk every hour for five minutes and walk, stand, pace, or Deskercise!. ReThink your Drink--choose more water and limit sugar-sweetened beverages.