A SHIFT IN ATTITUDE TOWARDS HEALTH
When you hear the word fitness, what is the first thing that crosses your mind?
6-pack-Abs, body-building, zero figure, muscles, etc.
Today, due to social media influence and celebrities, it has led to the above thought process.
But what exactly is Fitness???
Fitness is to the human body what fine tuning is to an engine. It enables us to perform up to our potential. Fitness can be described as a condition that helps us look, feel and do our best.
Yes! You read it right… so far, we have all discovered the benefits of physical aspects, however the psychological aspects of fitness are ignored. It promotes mental well-being as well as improves quality of life. As we experience the benefits of both of these aspects, it is likely that we are self-motivated and continue exercising, be it yoga or lifting 100 kilograms at the gym.
1. Improved self-esteem
2. Increased satisfaction with oneself
3. Improved confidence in physical abilities
4. Reduced stress as well as an improved ability to cope with stress5. Decreased symptoms associated with depression
Fitness involves the performance of the heart and lungs, and the muscles of the body. And, since what we do with our bodies also affects what we can do with our minds, it influences to some degree qualities such as mental alertness and emotional stability.
Fitness truly is a way of LIFE!!!...
For real fitness, 3 qualities are essential.
1. Dedication - to achieve a desired result
2. Discipline - be focused and organized
3. Patience - everything that’s good takes time
How much physical activity can boost our mental health? It’s probably more than we think, but varies from person to person too. Some devote a couple of hours out of their busy day to train at the gym, some go for a swim, some do Yoga, whereas some prefer a brisk walk. We can reap all the physical and mental health benefits of any fitness activity. It’s the efforts that matter the most!!! This is the mindset we need to carry.
When we start to view health and fitness as a lifestyle rather than a part-time hobby or challenge, we develop behaviours that enhance many areas of our life. This will not only leave us looking and feeling better, but we will show up as a better version of ourselves for the people in our life that truly matter.