Blog Topic: Physical Wellness

Happy Thanksgiving Honors students!! With Thanksgiving Break (and much overeating) upon us, we wanted to take a minute to talk about physical wellness. Physical wellness may be one of the toughest dimensions of wellness to maintain, especially as a college student. We are surrounded by all-you-can-eat dining halls, fun distractions, and have an extremely flexible schedule that can all contribute to less than satisfactory self-control when it comes to staying in good health. However, all it takes is a small time commitment and some will power to maintain your physical wellness, and I promise you can do it!

Physical Wellness encourages us to take care of our body through nutrition, physical activity, and sleep. This means getting regular and the proper amount of sleep each night, exercising regularly, and fueling your body with a variety of healthy foods. The good thing about these three aspects is that once you start to implement these in your day-to-day schedule they get even easier to maintain over time. Some tips to maintaining physical wellness follow.

Tips to Maintain Your Physical Wellness

  • Take the stairs and walk everywhere you can!

  • Get between 7-9 hours of sleep a night

  • Regularly eat a variety of healthy foods and control your meal portions

  • Practice safe sex

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day

These tips might sound self-explanatory, but you would be surprised by how little college students take care of their bodies. By maintaining your physical wellness, you can fight off illness, increase your energy levels, and even improve your mental and emotional wellness! What college student doesn’t need a little more energy or a little less sick days? Not anyone I know!

Clemson’s campus also makes staying physically well so easy! Here are some Clemson-specific tips to maintaining your physical wellness:

  • Bring a friend to a group fitness class at Fike or even better find a workout buddy who will hold you accountable!

  • If you’re competitive (like me) attempt the Wellness Works Group Fitness Challenge and win some cool prizes for participating in group fitness classes!

  • Utilize the healthy options in the dining hall, including the salad bar, the NEW hummus bar, gluten free options, and more!

  • See one of Clemson’s registered on-site Dietitians if you need a little more individual attention when it comes to eating well on campus!

  • Pick up FREE condoms in Redfern or outside of the Healthy Campus office on the third floor of Fike!

  • If you’re in need of more guided help in regard to your physical wellness, come see a Wellness Ambassador!

Stay physically well and be thankful this week!

Sincerely, the Wellness Ambassadors