Generations of people have viewed health simply as the absence of disease. That view largely prevails today; the word health typically refers to the overall condition of a person’s body or mind and to the presence or absence of illness or injury. Wellness is a relatively new concept that expands our idea of health. Beyond the simple presence or absence of disease, wellness refers to optimal health and vitality—to living life to it’s fullest. Experts have defined six dimensions of wellness: Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Interpersonal Spiritual and Environmental. These dimensions are interrelated; each has an effect on the others. Further, the process of achieving wellness is constant and dynamic, involving change and growth. Wellness is not static; ignoring any dimension of wellness can have harmful effects on your life.
Physical Wellness: Your physical wellness includes not just your body’s overall condition and the absence of disease but your fitness level and your ability to care for yourself. The higher your fitness level the higher your level of physical wellness will be. Similarly, as you develop the ability to take care of your own physical needs, you ensure a greater level of physical wellness. To achieve optimum physical wellness, you need to make choices that will help you avoid illnesses and injuries. The decisions you make now, and the habits you develop over your lifetime, will largely determine the length and quality of your life.
Emotional Wellness: Your emotional wellness reflects your ability to understand and deal with your feelings. Emotional wellness involves attending to your own thoughts and feelings, monitoring your reactions, and identifying obstacles to emotional stability. Achieving this type of wellness means finding solutions to emotional problems, with professional help if necessary.
Intellectual Wellness: Those who enjoy intellectual (or mental) wellness constantly challenge their minds. An active mind is essential to wellness because it detects problems, finds solutions, and directs behavior. People who enjoy intellectual wellness never stop learning; they continue trying to learn new things throughout their lifetime. They seek out and relish new experiences and challenges.
Interpersonal Wellness: Your interpersonal (or social) wellness is defined by your ability to develop and maintain satisfying and supportive relationships. Such relationships are essential to physical and emotional health.
Social wellness: Requires participating in and contributing to your community, country, and world.
Spiritual Wellness: To enjoy spiritual wellness is to possess a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that give meaning and purpose to your life, especially in difficult times. The spiritually well person focuses on the positive aspects of life and finds spirituality to be an antidote to negative feelings such as cynicism, anger, and pessimism. Organized religions help many people develop spiritual health. Religion, however, is not the only source or form of spiritual wellness. Many people find meaning and purpose in their lives on their own—through nature, art, meditation, or good works—or with their loved ones.
Environmental Wellness: Your environmental wellness is defined by the livability of your surroundings. Personal health depends on the health of the planet—from the safety of the food supply to the degree of violence in society. Your physical environment either supports your wellness or diminishes it. To improve your environmental wellness, you can learn about and protect yourself against hazards in your surroundings and work to make your world a cleaner and safer place.
This training module incorporates BioAge testing as a key element. BioAge testing is designed to assess those health and fitness components that are known to have a significant impact on your health and longevity-scientific evidence indicates that the aging process is not pre-determined, but occurs due to the accumulation of subtle faults in our organs and cells through wear and tear. It is affected by both our genetics and the lifestyle choices we make. The BioAge Assessment is a measurement of a person’s ‘real’ or ‘biological’ age compared to their actual age, indicating how well they are performing in certain health and fitness areas. The Bio Age assessment is the perfect way to find out which areas of your health and fitness you are doing well in and which areas you need to improve on. Your Biological Age is a truer measure of your age than your date of birth. Our Biological Age is calculated by measuring the largest (scientifically researched) influences on longevity. It is also skewed towards lifestyle or cultural factors and specifically avoids any genetic biases.
At the end of this session the learner will be able to:
- Explain the concept of Total Health
- Detail the link between health and wellness and longevity
- Explain each of the six wellness dimensions