When it comes to getting in shape and staying that way, you have to do more than just replace sugary foods with healthy protein bars. You have to take a whole body approach to fitness. This means addressing your nutrition, your physical fitness, and even taking care of your mind and spirit. Here are some key factors to remember during your journey to physical and spiritual fitness:
For the Body
– Take a long, hard look at the fuel you are giving your body. Are you drinking plenty of water each day? Are you eating well-balanced meals and healthy snacks? Find areas where you can make easy changes, such as replacing that first soft drink of the day with a glass of water. Drinking more water is one of the easiest ways to lose weight and stay fit. If you don’t always have time for a full meal, get some nutrition-packed bars, such as the ones we offer.
– Examine your physical activity level. Are you getting enough exercise? Do you spend many hours every day sitting down? Look for areas where you can squeeze in physical activity. For example, walking to work four times a week instead of taking the bus. You can also work in some activity at home, and you can make it fun. Dance with your kids for thirty minutes to celebrate completed homework. Spend an hour outside playing fetch with your dog. You can even use your staircase for a quick, ten-minute workout during the day.
– If you find yourself struggling, seek help from a trainer and/or nutritionist. Together, you can devise a healthy eating and exercise plan to fit your lifestyle.
For the Mind
– A healthy body is only half the battle — you need a healthy mind and spirit, too. One of the easiest ways to relax your mind and spirit is through meditation. Try to incorporate some yoga into your weekly exercise program. With yoga, you can get both physical and spiritual strengthening and healing. You can also practice meditating on its own. There are thousands of resources available at the library and on the internet to teach you how to meditate.
– Some situations require more than just exercise and calming thoughts. If you suffer from bouts of depression or other mental health issues, you may need to seek professional help to alleviate the symptoms. Mental health issues can easily stand in the way of getting fit—after all, it’s hard to find the motivation to exercise if you struggle to get out of bed some mornings because of depression. A good therapist can help you decide on the best method of treatment so that you can continue your journey to fitness.
Fitness is more than just having firm abs and eating your vegetables. Full-body fitness includes fitness of the body, and of the mind and spirit. While it can take a while to achieve the fitness level you want, it can be accomplished through healthy exercise and eating routines, as well as taking care of your mental state of mind.
To learn more about nutrition, exercise, and getting fit, contact us today at Promax Nutrition.