Sunday, July 9, 2017

Physical Wellness

Filed under Autism, Wellness

WellnessIn my last post in this series, I explained what the Wellness Model is. As this series continues, I’ll discuss each of the Wellness Dimensions in detail.

Physical Wellness refers to health of the body, including exercise, nutrition, sleep, hydration, getting regular medical checkups and health screenings, and taking medicine as prescribed. It is well documented that music helps people sustain exercise for longer periods of time, and that music affects physiology, like respiratory rate, the immune system, and heart rate.

Here are 3 tips for using music to affect your physical wellness:

  1. Listen to music you like when you exercise. You can take a dance break 2-3 times a day, or create a playlist to accompany your workout. I like to listen to music when I mop my floors for a double-duty workout/chore completion.
  2. Breathe. When we take deep, regular breaths, our bodies relax. Let a particular song cue you to stop, stretch, and focus on your breath for the length of the song.
  3. Play instrumental music while you eat. Music influences behavior and the food industry has been studying this for years. Play some relaxing instrumental music in the background while you eat so that you will eat slower and focus on your food and company.

Use these three tips to help you focus on your physical wellness and let me know how they work for you!

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