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Defining Wellness

Written by: Alyssa Lokensgard, Program Manager at Capella Tower Health Club | Advantage Health

What does it mean to achieve full wellness? Can you ever achieve full wellness? What would that look like? Wellness is not something to be achieved but rather something that you do. Wellness takes awareness and reflection on your current habits. It is easy to fall into the “one size fits all” approach when it comes to wellness. It is not something to be “cut, copied, and pasted.”

Different wellness domains can provide different opportunities for everyone. The National Wellness Institution looks at the following six different domains:

1. Emotional

2. Occupational

3. Physical

4. Social

5. Intellectual

6. Spiritual

These domains are referring to how your brain, body, and movement all interact with the environment you may be put into. When one domain is affected, it is easy for other domains or topics to be affected resulting in a less wellness state. For example, in Occupational, if you are having a rough time with your work and you are not making enough to meet ends make, that will affect your nutrition, your mindset, and other factors.

Wellness is more than your physical well-being. Being healthy and well includes many domains of life.

More on all of the wellness domains are linked here.


Since 2001, Minnesota-based AdvantageHealth has been delivering award-winning employee wellbeing programs and fitness center design & management throughout the U.S.

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