Strengthening the Body and the Mind
Sep 4, 2013
The phrase “healthy” should not only apply to how physically fit you are or how much nutritious food you eat. It should also refer to the strength of your mind. As we get older, we start noticing little changes in our bodies and minds, ranging anywhere from weakening muscles to memory loss.
Although these changes are natural, the idea that you are getting older and will start to lose some of the strength that you used to have is not a pleasant one. Maintaining a positive attitude and perspective on life can be difficult, but – to really stay healthy – you must put the same energy and attention into positivity that you do your endurance and flexibility.
Mind Over Matter
The first step to living a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle is to focus on your mental, physical, and nutritional health during your daily activities. Your hard-working attitude in the gym should remain unchanged when you go to work, pick up your kids from school, or go out with your friends.
You need to create – and keep in mind – solid, attainable, and healthy goals, because without these, it will be extremely easy to slide back into your unhealthy habits. Set goals that you will be able to manage, whether smaller ones, such as adding another five pushups to your routine, or larger ones, such as losing five pounds in one month.
Proper nutrition and exercise go hand in hand when trying to achieve peak mental and physical health. After all, studies have shown that to combat illnesses, stress, and depression, you must create the right diet and exercise plan for you.
It’s important that you also incorporate strength training, cardio, and mobility into your fitness regimen because this will help you keep your heart healthy, improve your longevity, build strength, burn calories, and lose weight. This, in turn, creates a healthier and happier you!
Eat in Moderation
Often, when people think about the term “eating healthy,” it brings to mind the latest “health” food fad, which usually has little taste and even less appeal. Many people also (erroneously) skip meals to keep in shape, but both of these habits – whether jumping on a fad diet or not eating at all – are the wrong ways to stay fit.
While eating, you need to keep moderation in mind. After all, living off fried foods everyday will never help you attain that flat stomach that you’ve always dreamed of, no matter how hard you work in the gym. You should discuss with your nutrition coach how to maintain your goals while still eating foods that you like. They will help you create a nourishing – and delicious – nutrition plan.
If you would like more tips on how to strengthen your body and mind, contact Fitness Together Ellicott City today.