Good Health is More Than Just Fitness
Optimum health and wellbeing are about far more than just having a fit body. Wellness, wellbeing, fitness, and health are all connected with each other. You can have a fit body and not be healthy, well, or experience feelings of wellbeing.
Perhaps you’re thinking something along the lines of "I eat right and exercise all the time. I’m doing good!” Except that is only part of the picture. You can be physically fit and still not be healthy or well.
Healthy wellbeing is a balance of physical health, emotional health, mental health, and nutrition. And why not…let’s throw spiritual health in there as well! You can’t exercise a bad diet away. Your mental health will suffer if you don’t know how to properly connect with your own emotions. All aspects of your life will suffer if can’t keep stress levels in check. Even if you do all those other things right, your soul will still starve to death if you don’t properly feed and nourish it.
Physical Fitness is indeed an important part of health and wellbeing. It’s good for both the body and mind. You ought to build up some type of exercise schedule. There are endless possibilities out there that can fit every body and every lifestyle. It shouldn’t be neglected.
Just as a car doesn’t run very far when the tank is empty, neither do we. Our brains and body systems need the fuel that comes from clean, healthy food to work properly. Taking time to slow down, prepare nutritious and well-balanced meals, and including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables will have you both looking and feeling better in no time
Mental and Emotional Health
None of us can give what we don’t have. That used to be considered common sense. Now it seems we must constantly remind ourselves of. We live in a busy world with many distractions. Sometimes we really do need to remind ourselves to focus, get outside and spend time in nature, spend time relaxing with a deep tissue massage, read a good book, or do whatever else it is that we need to do to center ourselves.
In the age of lockdowns and cancel culture, this piece is often neglected. It is imperative, though, that we know our values, connect with them, and anchor ourselves to something bigger than ourselves and that feeds our souls at the deepest levels. Maybe that happens through religion, or medication, or take up yoga.
Balance is the key! Success in one area isn’t enough. In order to achieve optimal health and wellbeing, we must invest time, energy, and effort into balancing all these areas. They’re also great ways to practice effective self-care. If you find you’re falling short in some areas, give yourself the love you deserve and take some small steps to correct those things right away. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you…and reward you!