As we have established, our overall well-being or “Wellness” is considered to be comprised of five components: Physical Health, Emotional Health, Social/Environmental Health, Spiritual Health and Intellectual Health. While it is important to keep a good balance of all five components, we take this month to focus on Emotional Health. Emotional or Mental Health refers to your psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.
Good emotional health isn’t just the absence of mental health problems. Being mentally or emotionally healthy is more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Mental and emotional health refers to the presence of positive characteristics.
People who are Emotionally/Mentally healthy have:
- A sense of contentment
- A zest for living and the ability to laugh and have fun
- The ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity
- A sense of meaning and purpose
- The flexibility to learn new things and adapt to change
- A balance between work and play, rest and activity, etc.
- The ability to build and maintain fulfilling relationships
- Self-confidence and high self-esteem
These positive characteristics can help you cope when faced with life’s challenges!
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A sunrise walk or jog along The Reserve at Lake Keowee waterfront Marina Park is the perfect place to exercise your physical, spiritual, and intellectual health!
We have established the important role that physical fitness plays in maintaining our health and well-being, but don’t forget that Physical Health or Fitness is just one of five components said to comprise our overall well-being or Wellness:
1. Physical Health: the actual fitness and condition of the body—includes medical health and physical fitness.
2. Emotional Health: the ability to cope with and control emotions so that you feel comfortable expressing them in an appropriate manner.
3. Social/Environmental Health: the ability to interact well with people and the surrounding environment.
4. Spiritual Health: refers to issues in rightness and order and/or belief in a higher being.
5. Intellectual Health: involves the ability to learn and grow intellectually.
*While physical health is an important component of your overall health, it is important to keep a good balance of all five components of Wellness.
Visit The Reserve fitness guide for more wellness tips, exercises and recipes!
See our schedule of events for upcoming fitness classes and activities.
Paddle Boarding demo on Lake Keowee
Lake Season is in full swing and Keowee is alive with boaters, swimmers, kayakers, skiers, and now paddle boarders!
A cross between kayaking and surfing—Paddle Boarding is a common water sport on the West Coast and is quickly beginning to catch on in the East. In fact, Paddle Boarders were spotted making a splash on Lake Keowee as part of The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s Fitness Activities. What a great way to celebrate the First Day of Summer!
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Reserve ladies paddle thier kayaks around The Reserve Marina on Lake Keowee
With the warm weather of Summer upon us it is a great time to explore our neighboring lakes in a canoe, kayak, skull, or other self-powered water craft. Whether you choose to venture out on Lake Keowee in a club kayak or canoe (located on the dock below the pool), or take your own craft up to Devils Fork State Park to paddle on Lake Jocassee, you will not be disappointed! Paddling is a great workout, plus you will have the opportunity to spot wildlife such as birds, fish, turtles, and more. When setting out for a paddling trip there are a few safety precautions you will want to keep in mind:
- Research the water in which you are planning to paddle
- Choose a trip appropriate for your experience and ability level
- Tell someone else where you are paddling and when you’ll return
- Pack plenty of water and snacks, a First Aid Kit, and a Map, GPS, or other Navigational Tool
- Don’t forget your life jacket and whistle
- Bring your cell phone, fully charged, in a secured, dry box or bag
- Make sure your equipment is safe and appropriate before the trip
- Wear layered, dry fit clothing or swimming attire
- Wear sturdy supportive water shoes you will be comfortable portaging in if needed
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Ask a Dietitian: During March, Nancy Kennedy MS RD, registered dietitian and exercise physiologist will be providing “Ask A Dietitian” services via email. Please email Nancy at email@example.com with your questions.
Nutrition Bingo: During March we are offering Nutrition Bingo. To play, please download your Nutrition Bingo sheet here , get “Bingo” throughout the month (connecting the squares horizontally vertically or diagonally) and turn your “winning” Bingo sheet into Lisa at the Market March 31st – April 4th to receive a nutritional prize for completing it.
3 Foods to Consider Adding to Your Kitchen:
*Blueberries are full of potassium, Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants which help protect the body from disease. They only contain 80 calories per cup, and may help to protect us against cancer, heart disease, and diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s.
*Lentils are found on the bean isle in the grocery store and are high in protein and folic acid. Folic Acid may prevent anemia, is very important for women who are pregnant, and may help relieve hot flashes in menopausal women.
*Seaweed (the green “sheet” used in sushi rolls) is high in iodine which helps regulate nerve function, muscle function, and metabolism. Seaweed is popular in Asian cuisine but is becoming more readily available in grocery stores.
For more information on Nutrition please check out www.eatright.org.
Reserve residents take their furry friend for a walk along the 1/2-mile waterfront Marina Park at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.
When an exercise program begins to become redundant, working out with a friend or family member can often make a workout more enjoyable. Making workout dates with a training partner can be a great way to stick with a routine in the midst of a busy schedule.
Taking family walks, hikes, or kayaking excursions, as well as playing a round of golf, tennis, volleyball or football together can offer fun and fitness for everyone!
- Check The Reserve events calendar for wellness activities and fitness events.