When we think of health and fitness, it’s usually sweat-soaked and blood-pumping workouts and fitness regimes, but being healthy and fit is so much more than just exercise.
In order to develop well-rounded fitness, it’s important to think of the different elements which make up your personal health. Strength and cardio do make up a part of wellness, but your emotional and mental health and wellbeing are both tied into your wellbeing, making it a whole package. But with wellness, it can be hard to know where to start or what to focus on and how you can incorporate it into your routine.
Health has moved past just being about nutrition and fitness and is made up of spiritual, emotional and mental wellbeing but, in order to perform in one of these areas, all of the others must align with one another.
Improving Overall Health and Wellness
Your body acts as a direct reflection of what is going on inside your mind. If you want to be successful at improving your health and wellness, then you must change your mindset. Instead of waiting for Monday or for the end of the month, instead, start now. There will always be hurdles to jump, so eliminate the thought of being too busy. Try to stop using the “terrible too’s” – too tired, too early, too busy etc and instead think about why you should do those things now.
Quieten Your Mind
No matter how quiet we are, our minds can often be overbearingly loud. It’s important for you to change your inner voice alongside your actions and make it more positive. Naturally, we compare ourselves to others and constantly feel in competition with other people, but imagine all the things you could do if you instead spend your time and energy on being positive. Focus on the things which make you your happiest and healthiest being and continue to explore what makes you happy.
Build Your Body
Getting fit is a slow and steady process and is not a final destination, but a change of lifestyle. Sticking to regular workouts and exercise takes determination, discipline and commitment, which some people find hard. But, you shouldn’t just focus on fitness. Eating well and taking care of what you put into your body is also an important process and doesn’t just have an impact on your physical fitness and wellness, but your mental health too.
Whilst the saying is you are what you eat, this is true. If you eat junk food, then you will feel like junk, whereas if you eat fresh fruit and vegetables and healthy meals, then your mind and body will feel fresher. Food isn’t just about calories, but also about what it can do to help your body. Find a fitness programme that you enjoy doing, stick to a healthy diet and do what it takes to motivate you, whether it be new fitness clothing, a workout buddy or just your own way of thinking.