Well-Being 101: Physical Well-Being

By April 18, 2019 Employee Benefits

Well-being seems to be the latest buzzword in the healthcare industry, especially as it applies to employee group health. One major element of well-being is physical well-being, and there are tips employers can share with their workforce to prioritize health.

Each person only gets one body, so taking care of it is key to physical well-being. What should you communicate to your employees so they prioritize their physical well-being?

  • Eat Healthy – A healthy diet can protect you from heart disease, bone loss, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers, such as colorectal cancer. Making small changes in your eating habits can make a big difference in your life.
  • Drink Water – There are many health benefits from drinking water including weight loss and reduced fluid retention, but above all, the body simply cannot function without it. Check with your doctor to determine how much water you should be drinking daily.
  • Exercise Regularly – Exercise can help control your blood pressure, blood sugar and weight, raise your “good” cholesterol, and prevent diseases, such as colorectal cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Aim to get at least150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (briskly walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity (running) and at least two days of strength training every week.
  • Watch Your Weight – Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is important to your overall health. Being overweight can lead to serious health problems, affecting both your well-being and healthcare costs.
  • Manage Your Stress – It’s important to manage stress in order to sleep better, improve concentration, get along better with family and friends, lessen neck and back pain and have an overall feeling of calmness.
  • Avoid Tobacco and Limit Alcohol Consumption – Alcohol and tobacco use are linked to an increased chance of developing chronic conditions. Quitting or refraining from smoking and limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption are the best ways to combat such risks.
  • Get Routine Checkups – Regularly visiting your doctor to receive preventative care can help you maintain your overall well-being and help identify potential illness early.
  • Get Enough Sleep – Failing to get enough sleep can wreak havoc on your physical health, mental health and your productivity at work. Aim to get at least seven hours of sleep each night to keep your health in check.

If you’re interested in improving your employees’ well-being…

Stick around, as we will continue to elaborate on each of the four concepts of well-being in this blog series. These are all initiatives valuable to maintaining and retaining an overall healthy workforce.

Ken Mazzie

Author Ken Mazzie

Senior Consultant - Benefits
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