Overall wellness is the ultimate state of good health and which encapsulates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a person. The Chinese and Japanese believe that we also have to work on our “Chi’s” which is the flow of energy in our bodies. Chi is the life energy or life force which affects how the vital organs work. If the life energy is being blocked by toxins and excess fats due to unhealthy eating habits, then our normal body functions are interrupted. The consequences of our unhealthy lifestyle causes the life force in us to degrade and break. Thus, we must maintain a holistic exercise program to strengthen the body and develop endurance.
The steps to wellness would depend on the person’s health condition and his goals. For people who are not feeling stressed yet who have weight issues, they may focus on wellness exercises and weight loss programs to help them lose some pounds. However for people who have issues with their health due to stress and fatigue, the approach to improve their well being will take a much deeper one. The kinds of exercises that will be needed to improve emotional plus physical problems caused by stress include meditation. Proper breathing exercises will be a good way to release some bad energy.
We may always hear health experts reminding us to attain overall wellness when it comes to our effort to maintain a fitness program. Fitness, as they say, is not always about the physical aspect of the individual. Fitness involves the improvement of an individuals mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Our life force consists of these different aspects that need to be developed and improved as we grow older. Yet most of the time we disregard the other aspects of our being because we only see what is on the surface – the physical aspect. To get to know what our body really feels, it is recommended to follow holistic exercise programs such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Karate, and Aikido. These practices will help us manage and control our overall well being especially our emotional and spiritual problems.