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Seven Dimensions Of Wellness

Seven Dimensions Of Wellness

By Erin Billowits  

It is so easy to focus only on parts of our wellness that we know or are comfortable and wonder what is missing.  The International Council for Active Aging (ICAA) has developed 7 dimensions of wellness;

  1. Physical
  2. Emotional
  3. Social
  4. Intellectual
  5. Vocational
  6. Spiritual
  7. Environmental

Physical wellness impacts emotional health as it can make us feel more upbeat, social wellness as we often exercise in groups as well as intellectual and spiritual health.

Try drawing a wheel with each of these 7 wellness around the outside of your wheel.  Now rate yourself on how good you are feeling about each dimension in your life.  Most of us will end up with a lopsided wheel!!

Look at which dimension of wellness you are lacking in your life and think about setting a small goal to improve it.  It could be joining a book-club if you are low on the intellectual part of the wheel or hiring a life coach if you are feeling a bit lost about your life purpose or vocation.

If you want to learn more about the wellness dimensions you can visit the international council in active aging here.  

Good luck!

Erin Billowits is the Founder of Vintage Fitness – an organization that specializes in fitness for individuals over the age of 5O.  Erin launched Vintage Fitness in 2005  with a vision to create a team of professionals that understand how to motivate and train people over 50 in a way that is challenging, effective and safe. She has two Biology degrees from the University of Guelph and an MBA from McMaster.   You can reach Erin through her website and also follow her on Twitter @VintageFitness1

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