Health is the state of complete wellbeing, free from illness and injury. But, not just physically, it can be mentally and socially too! Although many people believe good health to be free from illness, good health comes from all aspects of your life. I want to explain why.
Let’s imagine that the 3 aspects of health (physical well-being, mental well-being and social well-being) were like 3 legs to a tripod. If one of them were to get damaged, the whole structure could collapse. I’ll explain later on, but first I want to break down the three aspects of health.
Physical well-being is the most obvious and noticeable aspect of the 3. It comes from physical activity, a strong immune system to fight off disease and of course, lack of disease and illness. A lot of people ask me “what has physical exercise got to do with my health?” The short answer would be that it promotes blood flow, increases lung capacity and strengthens your bones and muscles. However, there is a lot more to it than that. Physical activity also promotes healthy behaviours such as portion control, sleeping habits, hormone regulation and much more.
Physical activity is crucial for maintaining and improving your physical well-being. It’s going to help you fight off disease and infections and be able to perform your day-to-day activities much easier. You should try the following to get started:
- Try exercising for 30 minutes daily (you can break this up into 10-minute workouts).
- Include some cardio (e.g. running) and resistance training (sit-ups)
- Use the stairs instead of the lift/escalator
- Park your car at the far end of the car park
- Eat a balanced healthy diet and try to control your portion sizes
- Try to sleep for 7-9 hours every night
Mental wellbeing is extremely important for our health. It’s what drives our decisions, our attitude and our emotions. Your mental health can be affected by many factors such as your lifestyle, stress or even biological inheritance. If you think you are struggling with your mental health, it may be useful to start exercising and trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Understandably, however, this can be a tough thing for anybody who is struggling to find motivation due to any underlying mental health issues. If you believe you are struggling with your mental health, you should speak to your doctor for advice.
Social wellbeing is one of the most hidden health factors. It is usually used to describe your ability to create strong, meaningful relationships, the way you interact with the people around you and how well you can adapt to different social environments.
This plays a role in your confidence levels which can help you to make wiser choices when out with your friends or coming home from a tough day at the office.
Try these tips to improve your social wellbeing and increase your confidence.
- Talk to your friends and family about things that matter to them
- Try to be yourself. Trying to change your personality to match the people you’re with can be exhausting and ultimately useless. People can spot a faker within minutes.
- Find people who share your interests. Talking to people who believe in the things you do is a breeze!
- Build quality friendships, not a huge quantity of friends. It’s great to have lots of friends but you need the circle that you can trust.
- Most importantly, choose the friends that will help you make healthy choices. Surround yourself with people that make you better.
As I’ve already mentioned, all of these aspects of health are interlinked and run in parallel with one another. They are all just as important as each other and you shouldn’t take any of them for granted. If you let your physical health slip, your mental and social health could decline. The same goes if you let your social health slip, your mental and physical health could decline. and of course, the same goes for your mental health.
Hopefully, you can see why they are all so important and will strive to improve all aspects of your health.
I hope today’s blog post has helped you in some way. For more advice, look at my other health and fitness blogs.
From your local Online Coach and Personal Trainer in Stockport, Manchester. You can do this and good luck!
Calvin W PT
Personal Trainer & Online Coach