What Does Fitness Mean to You?

NICK CHAPPEL | JUNE 8, 2018

Fitness is in right now, which is amazing!  People are improving their lives by getting healthy and we love to see that, however, a lot of people think of fitness in very physical terms.  In reality, the term fitness is actually very broad and encompasses many aspects of the human experience.

One of the most all-encompassing definitions of the term fitness refers to an organism’s ability to survive and thrive in their environment.  This definition is great because survival is not only based on one’s ability to be strong physically but mentally as well.  From a solid and healthy mental foundation, a strong physical fitness can emerge.

In an interview with Hot Ones, when asked what part of his body he was most proud of, Kevin Hart said that he was most proud of his mental strength over any specific muscle group.  From his strong mental foundation flowed the ability to get up early and workout daily, to go after his goals, and focus on the important things in life.  The relationship between a healthy mental foundation and physical fitness creates a positive feedback loop that can work to enhance each other.

Here are some tips for improving your mental and physical health:

Mental

Practice Respect: understand your limits and goals and be honest with yourself.  Practice self-love, respecting others, and your universe.

Ask for Help: talking to a friend or a professional is nothing to be ashamed of and the benefits can be life-changing.  Utilize your resources to improve your life.

Stimulate Your Brain: use your brain to solve puzzles or problems. Mental gymnastics can improve your mood and increase your potential.

Reflect: allocate some time to meditate or reflect on where you are and where you want to go.  This can be done while you are stretching to increase efficiency if you are time constrained.

Physical

Eat Well: focus on eating healthy and nutritious foods with good macronutrients. Take vitamins to support your body with good micronutrients. The better stuff you put in your body, the better you will feel.

Get Outside: even if it’s for a walk in the city with a coffee. Get out of the house or office to enjoy the fresh air and get those legs moving.

Stretch: set aside some time to stretch out your muscles. This helps with soreness, improve blood flow, and helps calm your mind.

Make Habits: whether it be the gym, walking the dog, or hiking, set a routine to help ensure that you get your physical activity.  You will feel better after, I promise.

There is a lot of overlap between these two aspects of fitness.  They can help improve each other or hinder each other.  The important thing to realize is that you can take control if you focus on the small things.  Improving mental and physical fitness is a process that takes time.  Don’t be scared to ask for help, push yourself, and practice respect!