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14/09/2016

Maintaining the Fitness of the Mind and Body

Use movement to explore the connection between body and mind.

Mind and body fitness? Many people who want to get into shape don't realize there is more to fitness than well-toned muscles. There's no shortage of exercise regimes that just promote the perfection of the body, or the idea of fitness as a part of a weight loss plan.

Centuries ago, Western culture lost its focus on the interconnectedness between the body and the mind or spirit, and how each has the power to affect the other. Cultivating a love of movement can help you get beyond the concept of physical fitness as separate from mental fitness - and toward a lifelong program of good health through mind and body fitness.

Whether you choose yoga or another form of movement for exercise, remember that our bodies are made to move to feel good. So when you incorporate regular activity in your life, you're moving closer to overall mind and body fitness. But if you are overweight, this can be more difficult. You can improve your mind-body connection for better mind and body fitness - it's just important to choose realistic fitness options.

You might consider redefining exercise as any activity that unites your mind and body and reduces your stress level. In fact, high levels of stress have been linked to weight gain, and certainly can lead to emotional eating. Finding activities that are both enjoyable and easy to do is important when developing any type of exercise plan.

It's important to be realistic about what we expect from ourselves. Consider your goals. Is 30 to 60 minutes on a treadmill a reasonable time frame at this point in your life? Are you setting yourself up for failure or success when you create this expectation for yourself? Would it be more enjoyable to you to do some stretching and a shorter period of time on the treadmill?

Developing an exercise plan that fits your lifestyle and your desires is critical. Surprisingly, long-term weight loss is linked more closely to whether a person sticks to their fitness routine than to what that routine actually consists of. A routine that is gentle and pleasurable is more likely to lead to the long-term gains you are seeking.

All-or-nothing thinking about exercise leads us to first bite off more than we can chew and then give up all together. Just walk into a gym in the month of January and try to get on a Stairmaster. There's a good chance you'll have to wait in line. But by March or April, there are usually plenty of free machines.

It is also important to tailor your fitness goals to your preferences. Some people like the idea of getting out of the house in the evening and going to the gym. Others prefer staying home and doing a quieter exercise routine after the demands of a stressful day. Either approach, or a combination of the two, can result in improved mind and body fitness.

What is critical is for you to come to know yourself and to take yourself seriously. If you like to be home in the evenings, find things to do in your home or consider an occasional walk with friends or family. If you crave the company of others, head for the gym. Think about what would please you most, and follow your inner voice.

Many people who are preoccupied with food and body issues tend to pay too much attention to the needs of others, while paying too little attention to their own needs. While you may intend to benefit your children with their countless activities, the added stress can cause an imbalance within your family. Can you take a look at your schedule (or your family's) and reschedule some time for yourself? What would it be like to say no?
Long-term weight loss can take time. And we can get demoralized when we don't see immediate results. But remember that maintaining an exercise routine is associated with physical as well as mental well-being. Where has our focus on the numbers on our scale gotten us? Some would say it has taken us to more harsh thoughts, more bingeing and grazing on food, and, ironically, less fitness rather than more.

It may be that the best exercise you can do right now is to throw your scale into the garbage. Focus on how you're feeling with your exercise routine. Is it something you enjoy and can maintain? Is it reducing your stress level and allowing a connection between your mind and body? If so, you'll probably keep it up, and fitness of mind and body and spirit will be yours.

Don't forget how important it is to see your physician before starting any type of exercise routine, and to following his or her recommendations. So try to be gentle with yourself and realistic about how to proceed.
There is tremendous confusion in our society about how to approach health and fitness. You may have tried losing weight before and failed. But consider the possibility that we as a society have not failed at dieting and weight loss. Rather, dieting has failed us as an effective tool for fitness.

Remember that fitness of mind and body belong together, and that exercise is very narrowly defined in our society. So redefine exercise as any activity that reduces stress and connects your mind and body. You'll be more likely to continue your exercise plan and achieve the outcome you're looking for.

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22 comments:

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  4. This is great advice and is just perfect timing. STarting to get active again after realizing how I'm too stuck in my desk.

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  5. Getting regular exercise of the body is essential to daily life. We also need to consider the mind as well as we need them to maintain active activity.

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  6. What an encouraging post! I have really enjoyed reading through it and especially liked this paragraph:

    You might consider redefining exercise as any activity that unites your mind and body and reduces your stress level. In fact, high levels of stress have been linked to weight gain, and certainly can lead to emotional eating. Finding activities that are both enjoyable and easy to do is important when developing any type of exercise plan.

    I used to think of exercising as stressful and something I needed to just get over with. But to look at it as an enjoyable activity that actually reduces stress is such a better way to look at it!

    Thanks for this - I look forward to reading more of your blog! Take care!

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  7. I guess it is true that the importance of tailoring your experience to something you know you are being realistic about so that you can keep as a part of your regimen is important.

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  9. I completely agree with you! Sometimes, we focus too much on one specific thing that we don't take a step back to think about the bigger picture. I really resonate with your "throw the scale in the garbage" comment. I actually stopped weighing myself and started focusing on how I felt instead. Do I feel energized? Am I happy/satisfied when I work out? How do I feel when I work out? Those questions became more important to me than a number on the scale, because at the end of the day, it is just a number on a scale.

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  10. this is absolutely true. We tend to think obout our external appreances and the body more stressing the mind. It is important to balance it well to maintain fitness with keeping our mind fit too

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  11. Agree with all of these. It's such a great thing reading such kind of article that gives us lessons as well as the importance of our physical and emotional health. - Chuck

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  12. Balance is always the key to everything. This is a good reminder for all of us not to just invest in our physical body but be healthy and sound in our holistic health.

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  13. This is a very poignant blog entry. Health is very important & for anyone to stick to there health or fitness goals it must be with the right motives and planning.

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  14. Can't argue with any of this. Having a good fitness & wellness routine is all about mind and body, and not one without the other.

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  15. Fitness is the goal that I can't bring myself to start. I want to enrol myself in the gym but I can't commit, so right now I am doing walks at least 10,000 steps per day. I am doing it right? Haha

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  16. I've started working out again after a few months of being sedentary. I love the way I feel after a work-out and now I'm wondering I stopped.

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  17. I can say the exercise had help me a lot for both my body and mind. Fitness is very important to function well in our society. The first step I did was to find my passion and the things I love. Then I made it my motivation. I love nature and photography so, I decided to make hiking and trekking a part of my fitness routine and it worked for me. Thanks for the tips above by the way!

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  18. Fitness really does help both the mind and the body and helps both of them to stay in sync. It's really good when it comes to helping you to focus. And it's definitely make the body work better as a whole.

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