Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Fitness begins with the decision to become...and remain, fit. A “total” picture of fitness transcends just the physical application. The gym and cross-fit will only work the body...but what about the mind? What about the spirit? Certainly a taxing physical experience can put both to the test, but what avenue can be used to strengthen them? I’m of the belief that total fitness should not exclude these other aspects...and we should strive to make them just as strong as our bodies.
I’ve written before about incorporating exercise into your daily routine and encourage everyone to find a way to work it out. Every little bit that can be done will contribute to a healthier and more durable you. With so many ailments striking so many of us these days, it just doesn’t make sense not to do something that might help combat the onslaught of disease. Even if it’s just taking a walk once a day for an hour...the health benefits are tremendous compared to sitting on the couch in front of the television instead. As I said earlier though...the physical is just a part of the total fitness picture, and there are seemingly endless resources for attaining whatever level of physical fitness you desire. Seek...and you shall find.
How does one engage in mental fitness? I’m of the belief that the mind must be exercised like a muscle to become stronger. It must be challenged and vigorously engaged to sharpen itself. I think there are many ways to do this, but with all the individual preferences we all have, it’s ultimately up to you to decide where a mental challenge is. For many, puzzles designed to stimulate thought are an excellent place to begin...and continue. Chess has been known to stimulate the brain and there are many websites that have various types of mental problems to solve that will stimulate, and exercise, the mind.
Feeding the mind new information and retaining that information all goes into building the mind into something stronger. Problem solving and being forced to seek alternate areas of reasoning contribute to a healthier and stronger mental capacity. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that certain foods contribute to better mental health. The bottom line is don’t neglect your mind in favor of your body since they both operate together.
Now...writing about exercising the spirit is going to start a debate, no doubt. I’ll end the debate before it even gets started by saying that if you don’t believe you have a spirit or any spirituality about you, then your reading finished with the previous paragraph.
Exercising the spirit is going to vary greatly depending upon what exactly you believe in. I can safely make a blanket statement here (something not normally accomplished in matters of religion or faith) and say that whatever belief you hold to your spirituality, that regular and profound exploration of that belief will give your spirit the workout I’m speaking of.
Total fitness...body, mind and spirit, in excellent health...and regularly engaged in exercise to remain that way. Are you “totally” fit...?