Dimensions of Wellness: Physical

The physical dimension of wellness entails taking good care of your physical body. Our bodies function for us in countless ways every day, allowing us to work, rest, eat, and play. Sometimes we expect our bodies to perform these tasks without providing the nourishment and support they need. Being physically well reduces the risk of illness, fatigue, and injury. In addition, physical wellness can lead to psychological benefits such as enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination, and a sense of direction.

Practices that enhance physical wellness include:

  • Getting physical activity on a regular basis
  • Practicing safe and responsible sex
  • Taking safety precautions such as using a seat belt or practicing safe lifting techniques
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Nourishing your body by eating a balanced diet of healthy foods
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Abstaining from tobacco
  • Abstaining from recreational drugs
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation or abstaining from alcohol
  • Practicing good hygiene
  • Getting regular medical check-ups and screenings
  • Paying attention to the signs and symptoms of disease and seeking medical attention when ill

Campus resources for attaining and enhancing physical wellness:
Alcohol and Other Drug Office
ARC Instructional Kitchen
Campus Recreation
Carle Sports Medicine Athletic Training
Dining Services
Group Fitness Classes
Intramural Sports
Lifetime Fitness Program
McKinley Health Center
McKinley Health Resource Center
McKinley Sexual Health Resources
Physical Therapy & Athletic Training services
Residential Life
Safe Walks
Safe Rides
Sleep Science Center
Smoking Cessation Classes
SportWell Center
Student Health Insurance
Sustainable Student Farm
Live Well, Be Well
The Bike Project
UI Extension Nutrition & Health
iWalk Toolkit
University Housing Eat Smart Program
Campus Wellbeing Services