What is Health & How Do we Maintain It?

The World Health Organisation (1948) define health as “…the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease”. Looking at this definition I don’t think many of us can claim to be truly healthy. A big part of being healthy is taking responsibility for your health and taking proactive steps to leading a healthy, happy life. So lets focus on the physical, mental and social well-being aspects of health and see how you can take control of health for yourself in Swansea.

Maintaining Physical health in Swansea

sup-gowerThere are a plethora of gyms and health clubs which you can join to keep the circulation pumping and endorphin levels high. Endorphins are important – not only do they give you that slightly euphoric feeling post exercise but they also help boost immune system and act as natural pain killers. So where can you go to stimulate this wonder neurotransmitter?

  • The Gym Group Swansea, based on Princess Way, offers a low cost solution to working out. Major bonus it’s open 24 hours a day.
  • Another low budget gym can be found in Parc Tawe.
  • Looking a bit more upmarket? How about the LC2. The major bonus here is that you get access to a plethora of other fitness classes as well.
  • Or Maybe Pamper yourself at The Village Fitness & Spa

Not a fan of gyms? Prefer to spend your spare time outdoors? How about getting outside and joining the great Gower Walking Festival in June.
How about learning a new sport whilst getting fit? SUP Gower can teach you the latest hot sport of Stand Up Paddle-boarding.

How’s your diet? The 5 or 7 a day that the government recommend should be heavily orientated towards vegetables as most fruits contain high levels of sugar.

Maintaining a healthy Positive Mental Attitude

meditating for relaxationEmotions cycle. In order to experience the highs you have to accept the lows. The worst thing you can do is brood on why you feel so low. Just accept thats where you are and you’ll find yourself in time exiting the low mood and embracing a brighter outlook. Want to give your mood a boost in the meantime? A few tips:

  1. Get out into nature. Not only will the fresh air do you good, but the colour of nature – green – has been proven to help speed healing times and induce more positive mental states
  2. Adopt an attitude of thanks. Write down 3 things you’re thankful for just after you wake up and when you go to bed. Can’t think of too much to be thankful for? How about the food you’ve eaten today or maybe you glimpse the sun today. Even in the worst of cases there is something to be thankful for. By adopting this attitude you can slowly erode the huge baggage of negative beliefs many of us carry around.
  3. Try meditating. In this fast paced world its very hard to sit down and just BE. Meditation makes you feel calmer, helps you to internalise and the deeply relaxed state can aid homeostasis, meaning you become a healthier human. Why not try the Buddhist Centre in Swansea?

Social Well-Being

couple running with dogWhat does this mean exactly? Studies have shown that social isolation predisposes individuals to more health issues so get out there and mingle. It will make you feel better. Some ideas:

  1. Get a dog. Dogs need walking and this can introduce you to a new host of friends and acquaintances. Dogs also lower stress levels. A study into stress levels of New York stock brokers showed that having a dog lowered stress levels. Interesting thing about the study is that at the end of the study none of the participants wanted to give their dogs back. They were hooked. If you don’t want the obligation of owning a dog, how about volunteering to walk a dog for the elderly or seriously ill?
  2. Join classes. Think of an activity you like or have always wanted to learn, find a class and join in. Great thing is everyone you meet will share your interests.
  3. If you work from home , make sure you plan in a break that takes you outside your home once a day to avoid turning into an unhealthy hermit.

Can acupuncture help me stay Healthy

Short answer – yes. Acupuncture engages the parasympathetic nervous system. If you’ve had acupuncture before you’ll recognise this as the feeling of deep relaxation and sleepiness. This promotes homeostasis, helping your body to stay healthy and in balance. If you’d like to know more contact Tim on 07764 254881.