There’s no secret to the physical and mental benefits of a fit body and mind. But in order to unlock the clues to get to that place, you do need to do a few things. None of them are hard to do, they just take some dedication (pro-activeness) and effort on your part. Before you plunge into your journey to creating your fitter, healthy life, you need to know why having a fine tuned mind and body makes such a difference in your daily life!. Here are a few reasons for you to consider:
1 – Weight Loss. Possibly you’ve heard about this. The more calories you burn in relation to the calories you consume results in weight loss. It’s really not rocket science and all it means is that if you slowly change your diet by making healthier meal choices and start moving your body more with exercise you will shed some poundage. No one has seen a disclaimer that states “too much physical activity may result in weight loss” as a bad side effect.
2 – Confidence and Self Esteem Boost. Here’s one directly related to your mental state. Exercise does wonders on your mind. It can remove feelings of self-doubt, severe self-criticism, depression, lack of trust, feelings of inferiority and feeling unloved – just to name a few. Once you start to lose weight you will begin to see yourself differently. Sometimes when you feel good about yourself you will be willing to do new things, meet new people and become the person you were always meant to be. It will encourage you to stand tall and strike a Superman pose more often than not. Your posture will improve and your life may change in ways you could never have dreamed of…
3 – Energy Boost. Who wouldn’t want some extra energy? Well, just by changing your diet to healthier unprocessed food and by starting to burn off calories you will discover you will have more energy. This can work for you in several ways. When you have the extra juice in you to do things, you become more productive. It will help you to become organized and you’ll get more things done. You might even be able to take on tasks you would normally see as too difficult or labor intensive to tackle.
4 – Cognitive Boost Back to the workings of your mind, adding some exercise to your lifestyle has another benefit for your mental faculties. When you move around, even by just walking for 15-minutes a day, you start to pump blood through your body at an increased rate. What this does is send oxygen to the parts of your body that need it when you are exercising. The increased blood flow to your brain actually works to clear your mind. It gives you the capacity to think clearly and more coherently. Have a tough task at the office to figure out before lunch? Take a trip down to the lobby on the stairs and back. Once you get back in your cubicle you may have not only solved your issue, you may be able to add a lot more reasoning and logic to the solution. A healthy brain is an awesome tool to have.
5 – Reduced Sickness. There’s another pretty awesome benefit to getting the blood moving around your circulatory system. It flushes away toxins from within your organs. As a result, this reduces the possibility of getting sick or developing some kind of disease from the harmful toxins building up. We pick up toxins from the food we eat, the air we breathe and what we drink, so having a built in cleaning system is good for your health. Plus, your immune system gets a kick each time you exercise because toxins are removed from your lungs and lymphatic system Antibodies and white blood cells are also moving around in the extra blood flow which adds to this benefit.
6 – Easy To Start, Easy To Do. Probably one of the best benefits of physical or mental activity is that it is an easy routine to start and follow. Although the word ‘exercise’ may sound not very appealing to some, exercise can be something as simple as walking around the block three times a week. ) Or walking up and down a flight of stairs every few days. Once you start seeing the pounds drop away and feeling the energy boost, you will start to exercise more often and reap the further benefits. When it comes to mental exercise, you are doing it right now by reading and learning about these benefits. Games, puzzles and anything that causes you to use logic or to think outside the box will give you mental stimulus.
7 – Increase Quality of Life. Probably a no-brainer, but if you feel and look good you will have an improvement to the quality of your life. Plus, if you become healthy you not only increase the quality of your life, you increase the length of your life. Having a healthy lifestyle does not mean cutting out everything that you love to eat, or do. But it does mean you will have to alter things slightly. There is nothing wrong with indulging every so often as a reward or occasional treat because sometimes you just need to give yourself a pat on the back for making progress. As long as moderation is the guide you use, you won’t fall back on bad habits and lose all the progress you’ve made.
The formula is simple. Diet plus exercise equals fitness. It is the guiding principle for those who are in great physical and mental shape. It can be your guide as well. Now you know seven of the top benefits to being physically and mentally fit, why would you not want to join the crowd? If you want to feel and look better, gain confidence, energy, become a clear thinker, reduce the amount of time you spend fighting off colds and sickness and live longer, your answer is right here. All you have to do is take the first step.