2ND PILLAR: PHYSICAL WELL BEING
Physical health is a core element of overall well-being. Physical health impacts our minds, our emotions, our attitudes, and our beliefs about ourselves. When we feel great physically, it’s much easier to have an optimistic outlook on life. When we feel energetic, we feel more resourceful and creative in our ability to problem-solve and create change in our lives. It’s easy to connect how we treat and care for our bodies to our quality of life. The way we eat, sleep and move, all play a vital part in short and long-term success.
Physical fitness supports successful living in every area of life. We have gone to great lengths to ensure every student at Forte Strong has access to the knowledge and expertise of a personal trainer. They are provided with access to a gym and our certified physical fitness trainers go with them to provide guidance and encouragement as they improve their physical fitness. Other opportunities for improving physical health are provided as well. Some people prefer team sports to work out, others like to hike or ride a bike. We support students as they improve their fitness and what works for them.
Hygiene & Cleanliness
Another aspect of physical well-being is hygiene and cleanliness. Hygiene and cleanliness also overlap with psychological well-being. Students are educated, encouraged to practice and held to minimum standards of hygiene and cleanliness while at Forte Strong. There is an immediate and positive effect when young men take care of themselves and their living space. Keeping themselves and their environments clean supports good physical health as they get sick less often and have more energy.
Nutrition & Sleep
Students at Forte Strong are educated on the benefits of getting enough sleep and eating nutritious food because they are important for maintaining good physical health. Some nutritious food is provided initially when they enter the program and good nutritious but basic food is always made available to students. While they are here, the focus is on learning to provide themselves with food and managing their sleep. Where there is a need, therapists and coaches support students in making a plan to take care of these critical needs and provide accountability so the students can get the feedback they need to make changes to their eating and sleeping habits.