Staying hydrated is extremely important, particularly in the summer when the weather is warmer. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are spending time being physically active outdoors. Being in a hot environment causes the body to increase sweat production Sweating actually helps the body stay cool, but sweating can also make you more susceptible to dehydration. Sweat loss varies from person to person, which means that we all require a slightly different amount of water and electrolytes to stay hydrated. You can retain water during exercise by drinking 3-8 fluid ounces of water every 15-20 minutes when exercising for less than 60 minutes. But be sure to not drink more than 1 quart of water for each hour that you exercise. One way to measure how hydrated you are is to check the color of your urine. Refer to the link below for more tips on staying hydrated before, during, and after exercise.
Remember to set a goal of 64 ounces of water per day regardless of activity level to stay hydrated and to keep your body working .
Intellectual wellness is the dimension of wellness that relates to continuous learning during one’s life. You engage in lifelong learning and seek knowledge & activities that develop your critical thinking. An intellectually well person reflects on experiences, challenges their own views, and commits to learning new skills that they can apply to their life (1). The intellectually well person realizes that learning comes from experience just as much as it comes from a book. So sign up for that pottery class, go check out a new museum, or take a spontaneous trip to a place you have never been. There is no downside to learning new things, and you never know when the information you’ve learned will come in handy.
1. University of California, Riverside. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2017, from http://wellness.ucr.edu/intellectual_wellness.html
When you think of improving your health, do you think about taking steps to improve your physical wellness? While physical wellness is extremely important, it is only a small fraction of your overall health and wellness. In fact, it is only 1 of 9 areas that contribute to your overall well-being. The 9 dimensions of wellness are: career, cultural, emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual (1). All of these areas contribute to how we feel overall, but are often overlooked when we work on strategies that are designed to help us feel better. Whether you’re a grad student, graduating senior, first-year student, or anywhere in between, it’s never too late to start focusing on your overall health. Over the next few weeks Healthy Penn State will be providing more detail about each dimension of wellness, so stay tuned!