Understanding physical well-being

thumb_img_2486_1024Physical well-being encompasses all elements that contribute to maintaining your health and improving your quality of life.

Being active, consuming a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, practicing safe habits and staying in tune with your general health with routine check-ups are some of these wide range of contributors.

When balanced, the ideal level of physical well-being can be reached, which enables you to participate in daily activities without feeling fatigued or stressed and improves your overall quality of life.

Director of the University Recreation and Well-Being, Greg Jordan, explained that every individual improves their physical well-being in different, unique ways. Because of this, the Rec Center tries to offer a wide array and programs and services based on these needs.

“I believe that physical well-being is a state of life that is different for every person,” Greg Jordan, said. “It’s a state of your life where, using resources, activities and method that work for you, you feel good and are healthy, productive, alert, engaged – you can think of all sorts of adjectives that describe it.”

Jordan said that although there’s an entire list of different programs offered at the Rec Center that promote physical well-being, what often gets overlooked is the general membership that is offered to all of the campus community.  

“Students and employees have memberships to the facility included at no additional cost,” Jordan said. “Once you’re in the door, you’ve got so many choices. Now it’s a matter of what works for you.”

These choices include a wide array of cardio equipment (like treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals and the stairmaster), the aquatic center, basketball courts, free weights/machines, racquetball courts and the studios for group exercise classes.

“There’s so many components of wellness and well-being,” Jordan added, explaining that the Rec Center is emphasizing the components of physical, social, occupational, intellectual and environmental well-being.

“But, physical activity [and nutrition] is often the focal and starting point,” he said. “Get active and eat well, then after that, the rest of the components start to steamroll and gain some momentum.”
Overall, physical well-being is improved in many ways, and what works for one person may not necessarily work for another, and it stretches beyond just being physically active. It’s not only about what you do, but also about what you don’t do too. Adopting and maintaining good habits matters, but avoiding destructive habits like smoking, regularly eating unhealthy foods and consuming alcohol is important as well, along with finding a balance of mind, body and spirit.

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