Fit LifestyleOften the word fitness is used solely to describe physical well being. This month, however, EnCorps45 explores a broader sense of fitness as it applies to all the aspects of your life.

The word “fit” as an adjective defined by google is: “of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose.”

Based on this definition, how fit is your life? How would you rate the quality of your lifestyle in order to meet your purpose, personal mission and/or goals?

Mental health experts find that when you take the time to reflect upon the state of your life’s purpose, you have the opportunity to make informed choices about staying the course or making changes. The ability to make informed choices improves your overall life fitness.

One way to assess your life fitness is to reflect upon the various areas that make up your life as shown in this Wheel of Life infographic.

Begin by brainstorming the six to eight dimensions of your life that are important for you. For example:

  • Emotional Being able to understand and cope with feelings
  • Spiritual – Growth of sense of meaning in life by contributing
  • Intellectual – Expanding knowledge, skills and creativity. Stimulating mind and mental capacity
  • Physical – Nutritional, exercise and medical health
  • Social – Creating positive relationships with others. Connecting with family, friends and community
  • Career – Finding purpose and satisfaction with work and comfort for financial security

You might want to be more specific. Instead of physical you might want to break that into two categories for fitness and nutrition. Choose the areas of life that are important to you, the priorities in your life.

Wheel of Life TemplateAssess Each Area and Plot them on a Wheel Such as the Template on the Left

Consider each area of your life on a scale of 0 (low) – to 10 (high). Plot the rating on the appropriate spoke of your Life Wheel.

Connect Your Ratings

Once you connect the ratings, you will see your fitness wheel. Does it look and feel balanced? Are you where you want to be? What would be your ideal level of fitness for each area?

Plot Your Ideal Level

Using a different color pen, connect your ideal levels. This is your potential for growth and improved fitness. Your fitness wheel gives you a visual of the areas of your life that need attention. Remember, some areas may be sapping energy and enthusiasm from the effort you may want to redirect for a balanced fit lifestyle. You may need to set boundaries and new priorities.

Set Goals; Make a Plan; Take Action

Be realistic and kind to yourself in setting goals. You may need to make choices and compromises. Keep in mind that  your time and energy are not in unlimited supply! Make a commitment to these actions by writing. Start with two lists:

  • Things I will DO to regain balance in my life
  • Things I will STOP doing, reprioritize or delegate

Let us know how you are doing in achieving the Fitness you want for your life. Tell us in the comment section below or start a conversation on the topic in our Facebook community.