A Holistic Approach to Fitness for Long Lasting Results
As the light of summer dims, it’s only natural to experience less vigor and enthusiasm to move our bodies and exercise. Whatever our level of fitness might be, we all go through ebbs and flows with staying motivated with our exercise routine.
The challenge may lie in orienting our fitness goal on the “here and now.” It might be the concern of a having a beach ready body or in beating a personal record with a race or competition. When those goals aren’t on the forefront, the drive to keep one’s fitness up will likely be derailed. This perspective gives us insight in the distinction between a linear approach vs. a holistic approach to exercise. When one’s desired self-image depends solely on the external appearance or outcome of performance, he or she loses touch with the inner self, the key to realizing one’s meaningful destiny.
When we’re able to reevaluate with a deeper perspective, we consider the benefits of exercise from a holistic and spiritual approach. We begin to connect our minds and bodies with our spirit and can then access a long lasting relationship with exercise providing a myriad of nourishing results .
Bringing awareness to how exercise will positively influence what’s most important to us, whether it’s our greatest purpose, career, or relationships with ourselves and others, we then have the ability to realize how imperative it is to keep a fitness routine on the vanguard of our lifestyle.
An introspective understanding of how the mind body & spirit is connected requires thought and reflection. If we’re able to reflect on a time where a stressful situation caused negative thoughts and led to physical pain or illness, we begin to connect the dots and have a better understanding. We then realize how important it is to maintain a healthy balance between the mind, body, and soul by nurturing the whole self, including our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. -Buddha
Finding the balance of Mind Body Spirit in exercise is a lifestyle that will create a higher quality of life. It will increase health, wellness, and vitality through holistic personal development.
Alongside healthy nutrition and sufficient sleep, physical activity is a core foundation for our overall health, vitality and well-being.
In Asian medical traditions, it is believed that exercise is essential for health, as the flow of energy is fundamental to all life and the lack of energy flow leads to blockages and disease. In addition to maintaining an active metabolism, it is essential for circulation and cardiovascular health, transportation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body and brain, as well as ensuring efficient elimination of waste, all of which are essential to our health and longevity.
Here are a list of things to consider incorporating into your healthy routine to help balance your mind, body, and spirit to promote sustainability and longevity with fitness.
Exercise ::Find an exercise you truly enjoy and start doing it regularly. Notice the feelings you feel while you embark on your activity and pay attention to why it’s serving for you. Set intentions to create a daily routine at a time that feels least stressful. Starting off your day with exercise is a great way to create positive flow throughout your day.
Practice Gratitude :: Reflecting on what you feel grateful for shifts your mindset and creates more momentum for positive actions throughout your day.
Get plenty of sleep :: Sleep is regenerative for your body. The more sleep you get the better you recover and will be able to perform the next day.
Breathe deeply :: Learning to breathe properly is essential because our cells constantly need a new supply of oxygen so they can produce energy – without this vital oxygen, cellular function is impaired, and damage or cell death is possible.
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Ground yourself :: Just by standing on the ground, we have the ability to heal our bodies. The reason for this sense of well-being is due to the fact that you’re receiving a surge of potent healing electrons from the ground.The earth has a slightly negative charge, so when you stand barefoot on the ground, electrons from the earth flow into your body, giving you a transfusion of healing power.
Eat organic :: Organic foods that are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals or petrochemicals really are vastly better for our bodies. It is not a fad or a way for supermarkets to make more money, the risks of eating conventional grown foods are real. The problem is that many of the threats that regularly grown produce brings to us are not immediately obvious. But, the risks are there, silently causing toxins to enter our bodies which will manifest in a variety of symptoms in decades to come.
Surround yourself with your tribe :: Making time to be around those that make us feel good will promote nourishment and positive benefits.
Remember your purpose :: A life purpose is simply your life’s message. It is the message you wish to drive into the world during your existence on Earth. Developing a clear sense of personal purpose is a necessary ingredient of a full, impactful life
Meditate :: At its most basic form, meditation is a state of having a cleared mind. In essence, the goal (if there is one) is to allow your mind to be free of thought.
This can obviously be a difficult state for most of us to maintain for any length of time but it’s one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
Of course, it does get more complicated than that when you get deeper into the subject.
There are numerous types of meditation. You can do guided meditations, sit in silence, meditations that focuses on mantras or the breath, or even do movement-based meditation such as yoga.
Incorporating meditation with exercise will likely promote greater recovery, reduce cortisol and prevent injury.
Immerse in Nature ::.Accessibility to everyday green spaces encourages people to simply get out the door. This in turn motivates them to be active physically, spiritually, and socially, which can offset chronic illness, disability, and isolation. Spending time outdoors also fights boredom and raises self-esteem. Plus, being outside makes us feel more energetic and alive – a good enough reason to get out and get moving
Stress reduction is one of the most well-known benefits of being in nature. Getting outdoors, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Consequently, it may also help reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Even viewing nature out of a window is associated with lower stress and reduced mortality.
Hydrate Properly ::Hydration itself is the process of replacing lost water in the body; which can be achieved by drinking water, eating foods that contain water, drinking other fluids which are largely composed of water, and eating fruits that contain high amounts of water. No matter what athletic function you are participating in, it is vital that you ensure yourself of proper hydration by drinking the right amount of water before, during, and after your training sessions. Whether you are a serious athlete, or just exercising for recreational purposes, water is important to the ability of your body to function.
~Slowly start incorporating these ideas into your daily routine and see how they positively impact your overall health.
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