By Randy Moraitis, MA, BCPC
Wellness is a hot topic right now. A quick Google search of the word “wellness” will net 490 million hits.
That is a huge amount of interest in the subject of wellness.
So just what is “wellness”? According to the Oxford Dictionary, wellness is “the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health”.
While fitness programs focus on physical health, wellness programs, often designed by wellness coaches, take the process a step further by including focus on one’s mental health.
This is crucial because mental health and physical health are often closely connected, as we see in the proven link between anxiety, depression, and exercise. Numerous studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression in certain individuals.
Starting on a Path to Wellness!
Physical—the American College of Sports Medicine recommends the following for physical exercise:
- 3-5 times per week.
- 30-60 minutes per session.
- 1 session per day.
- Include aerobic (cardio), strength training, and flexibility exercises.
- Find activities you enjoy.
Mental—for good mental health try the following:
- Schedule regular time for rest and relaxation.
- Engage in healthy community such as a small group at your local church.
- Seek a counselor or therapist to deal with past hurts.
- Spend time with family and friends.
- Find your passion and purpose in life and live it out!
Consult with your physician or a qualified wellness coach before starting a new exercise program.