8 Wellness Focus Areas For Next Level Goal Setting

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Last year, we were forced to face physical and mental health challenges like never before. As the global pandemic began to impact every aspect of daily life, the majority of regular wellness routines went out the window. Now, we’re finding ourselves in a new year and facing similar circumstances but with a new attitude. If you are resolved to prioritizing your health and wellness in 2021, you’re not alone. According to Allainz Life annual New Year’s Resolution Study, 57% of Americans also have health and wellness as their top area of focus.

So how do you put it into action? Living a healthy lifestyle can sound like a big undertaking and achieving total wellness can seem unattainable. The truth is there’s no picture perfect conclusion. Choosing to prioritize your health and wellness means you’re embarking on an ongoing, active process of seeking out a balanced lifestyle that’s personal and individual.

The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health. It goes beyond the physical health like nutrition, exercise, and weight management and includes both mental and spiritual health, too. It’s multidimensional and dynamic, so if general wellness feels overwhelming start by breaking it down into smaller brackets and focus on making decisions that will work together to enhance your life as a whole.

Some examples of wellness dimensions according to the National Institutes of Health include:

  • Physical – taking care of your body for optimal health and functioning now and in the future
  • Intellectual – expanding knowledge and skills, maintaining curiosity about learning
  • Emotional – understanding and managing your feelings, values, and attitudes
  • Social – maintaining healthy relationships, contributing to your community
  • Spiritual – finding purpose, value, and meaning in your life
  • Vocational – participating in work that is consistent with your values, goals, and lifestyle
  • Financial – managing your resources, preparing for short-term and long-term needs
  • Environmental –understanding how global and personal surroundings affect your well-being

Making healthy choices in your life doesn’t need to have an all or nothing approach. Don’t worry about being perfect. Acknowledge the areas of your life you want to improve and start paying attention to the choices you make. Take control of your actions and you’ll improve the quality of your life.

Looking for inspiration to get started? The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, dedicates February 1st to March 31st as Miami Health & Wellness Months under the GMCVB Miami Temptations Program. They partner with local business to offer special promotions that keep the community engaged and tourists entertained. You can find tempting offers on health and wellness activities from biking to beach cabanas, massages to manicures, pool lounging to rooftop yoga – all with health and safety guidelines in place.

Included in the GMCVB Health & Wellness Months is a Free 3-Day Guest Pass at Downtown Miami YMCA with unlimited access to the gym, fitness center, and group exercise classes at no charge to you. Classes include indoor cycling, yoga, circuit training and more! Just call 305.779.9622 to grab this deal now through March 2021!

Jessica Marcarelli is a dedicated health and fitness professional who is passionate about helping others make movement a part of life. Jessica is the Director of Corporate Health Initiatives at the Downtown Miami YMCA where she oversees the fitness program and teaches a variety of group fitness classes. She is active in the Miami fitness community where you can find her jumping into classes around town, checking out the latest STAY FIT 305 events, or planning ones of her own!

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