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Physical Wellness Month – April 2023

Physical Wellness Month is celebrated in April every year. This time of the year, everyone is encouraged to check on themselves and observe a healthy lifestyle. From exercising and eating healthy to unwinding, there are a lot of simple activities you can do for a fit body and a sound mind. It’s also time to explore different ways to improve your daily habits. Everyone should ask themselves: “How can I be better inside and out? How can illnesses be prevented? How can stress be minimized?” If you find yourself asking these questions, April is the month to seek the answers.

History of Physical Wellness Month

Physical wellness dates back to ancient times. While staying fit and healthy seems like a contemporary concept, the evolution of wellness started thousands of years ago. It began between 3000 and 1500 B.C. with ‘Ayurveda,’ a natural medicine system in India. The term originated from two Sanskrit words, ‘Ayur’ (life) and ‘Veda’ (science). The Indians introduced the concept of science to stay healthy and fit, using natural herbs and plants to treat diseases and boost overall health.

The cultivation of body and mind as one to promote a human being’s health started with the ancient Chinese. They introduced Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.), a holistic approach to improving physical and mental health. They used herbal medicine and acupuncture, two elements that have greatly influenced modern-day medicine, fitness, and wellness.

When the 20th century came, observing one’s physical wellness became a priority for many people. While the official origin of Physical Wellness Month remains unclear, records show that health and wellness gained national popularity when doctoral student Donald B. Ardell profiled physician John W. Travis’ illness-wellness continuum in the April 1976 issue of “Prevention” magazine. Robert Rodale, the magazine’s editor, boosted the profile, calling it an “exciting field of wellness enhancement.”

Physical Wellness Month timeline

3000 B.C.
The Introduction of ‘Ayurveda’

Indians introduce the Ayurvedic medicinal tradition.

3000 B.C.
Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Chinese introduce a holistic approach to treating diseases and boosting overall physical health.

19th Century
Medical and Intellectual Movements

Spiritual philosophies, medical movements, and alternative healthcare methods rise to prominence in the United States and Europe.

20th Century
Wellness Gains Popularity

Physician Albert L. Dunn coins the modern term ‘wellness,’ which many doctors and healthcare professionals embrace.

21st Century
Global Physical Wellness Peaks

The concept of physical wellness goes global, transforming the food, beverage, and travel industries to cater to people’s physical well-being.

Physical Wellness Month FAQs

What are four examples of physical wellness?

Here are four examples of what physical wellness looks like: getting your body moving through physical activity, choosing to eat healthy and balanced meals, making rest a priority, including a good night’s sleep, and making good choices regarding alcohol use, regular check-ups, e.t.c.

What are some examples of physical activities I can do?

Walking and doing household chores are two of the simplest yet most effective ways to break a sweat at home.

What does physical wellness include?

Beyond nutrition and exercise, physical wellness includes a regular visit to your doctor, abstaining from vices, and finding ways to maintain a positive outlook in life.

How to Observe Physical Wellness Month

  1. Get enough exercise

    Research has shown that individuals include at least 30 minutes of exercise in their daily activities during this month. Why not join in and change your fitness routine during Physical Wellness Month?

  2. Do the 30-day water challenge

    Drinking water and staying hydrated for 30 days is a popular movement during Physical Wellness Month. The 30-day water challenge is a popular trend on social media where individuals eliminate sodas, juices, caffeine, and alcohol from their diet. Individuals who participate in this challenge note a significant improvement in their digestion and decreased stress levels.

  3. Explore healthy options

    The golden rule of staying healthy is being mindful of what you eat. During Physical Wellness Month, start exploring different healthy recipes such as vegan options, low-sugar foods, and high-fiber meals.

5 Important Facts About Physical Wellness

  1. Sleep is key

    Sleep helps your body recharge, your cells regenerate, and your muscles repair.

  2. Regular physical activity is paramount

    Regular exercise helps you lose weight and helps prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes.

  3. A balanced meal

    A balanced meal provides enough nutrition from all the different food groups without drastically changing your diet.

  4. Combining diet and exercise work best

    According to the National Weight Control Registry, 89% of people who combine diet and exercise successfully lose weight.

  5. Simple activities are effective exercises

    Simple activities like brisk walks, gardening, or playing with your dog are great exercises to build your body strength and increase your stamina.

Why Physical Wellness Month is Important

  1. It promotes health education

    Physical Wellness Month educates people worldwide about the importance of staying healthy. It also introduces simple ways to improve your lifestyle without misinformation and misguidance.

  2. For the bonding experience with loved ones

    Staying healthy can be a family or friend affair. Invite your loved ones to attend exercise classes, yoga, or meditation. If you want to stay home, you can simply introduce a new recipe where you can all cook and bond in the kitchen.

  3. It helps reduce stress and anxiety

    Physical and mental health go hand in hand. While this month is all about boosting physical wellness, your mental health simultaneously improves as exercise reduces stress levels and anxiety.

Physical Wellness Month dates

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