Physical Wellness

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When thinking about wellness, this is often the first element considered.  It includes things like exercise, nutrition, ergonomics, and sleep.  People with good physical wellness have healthy habits and routines, are aware of their health status, participate in preventative health care, and seek appropriate care for illness/injuries. 

Physical Wellness Resources

Can’t Afford a Standing Desk? Build Your Own for $22

Feeling Slumpy? Exerecises to help you de-slouch from The Art of Manliness

Looking for Mobile Health Apps?Looking for Mobile Health Apps?

4 Yoga Poses to Help Destress at Your Desk4 Yoga Poses to Help Destress at Your Desk

5 Quick Exercises to Do at Work

Eating Healthfully at the Library

9 Energy Boosting Snacks to Keep Your Powered Through the Day

Recommended Reading

spark Spark: the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain by John J Ratey  (2013)

Ratey examines how our physical wellness affects our emotional and intellectual wellness by looking at the mind-body connection and how exercise changes our brains.

promotingindividualhealth Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library by Mary Grace Flaherty (2018)

While it takes a patron-centered stance, this book step-by-step look at how to access accurate and useful information about physical health.

yogabodies Yoga Bodies: Real People, Real Stories, & the Power of Transformation by Lauren Lipton and Jaimie Baird (2017)

By combining instructions on yoga poses for all body types and real stories of yoga practitioners, this book demonstrates that yoga is for every body.

External Physical Wellness Resources

Ergonomics from Mayo Clinic Infographic
Useful visual about the basics of office workspace ergonomics.

Ergonomics from the National Institutes of Health
This page provides info and tools related to all aspects of ergonomics including: exercises and stretches for workers, advice on ergonomic chairs and office configuration, and lists of vendors who sell ergonomic office equipment.

American Council on Exercise: Tools and Calculators
Free tools and calculators related generally to fitness and exercise, and more specifically to body mass index (BMI), target heart rate zone, blood pressure, body fat composition, daily caloric needs, etc.

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Tips and stories on health, as well as information on presidential programs and initiatives for health across the country.
Information on balanced eating, healthy eating on a budget, and age-specific tips, tools, videos, and games to help preschoolers and school-age kids learn wellness habits

What’s Cooking?  (USDA Mixing Bowl) 
Look for healthy recipes, create and print your own cookbook, watch how-to videos, and find other resources on nutrition.

A free food and activity tracker from the US Department of Agriculture, as well as other tools related to goal setting, weight management, group challenges, etc.

Portion Distortion
2 sets of interactive slides from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that show how portions have changed over time and how to better judge the health of food-on-the-go.