A Healthy Life is About More than Food & Exercise
Health – The well-being of not just our outside body, but our inside body and our minds.
Wellness – The connection between your body and mind. No more important than the other.
So, you cannot call yourself healthy if you’re eating perfectly rationed meals and exercising your butt off. There’s so much more to being healthy. Are you sleeping enough? Are you letting yourself relax? Are you thinking positive thoughts? Are you treating yourself with love or self loathing? Believe it or not, you have to be treating your mind and not just your body well in order to be health. You could have a healthy diet and a healthy workout regimen, but without healthy, positive, empowering thoughts toward yourself, your body will still be out of sync and unconnected to your mind.
So how can you truly begin to live a healthy life? How do you exercise your mind and give it the clean burning fuel, just as you do for your body?
Move & Eat Well Consistently
Okay, it is about more than this, but our minds can’t run efficiently if we don’t care for the body. Exercise and eating well are the bedrock of wellness. The bottom line is we have to move our bodies to be healthy, and we have to feed our bodies with nutritious, wholesome foods so we not only fuel the body but the mind as well.
You could be eating all your vegetables, healthy proteins and working out consistently, but still may be neglecting the most powerful part of your health – Your Happiness. Happiness comes from a lot more than a good-looking bod, or perfect blood pressure. Happiness comes from contentment within yourself and appreciation for all that your body is as well as all of your other personal attributes.
Did you know that more than 80% of our thoughts are negative? Yeah, we’re putting ourselves, our circumstances, and our lives down 80% of the time. That MUST change. Seriously. Instead of putting your body, your actions and your behaviors in a negative light, turn it around and put a positive spin on it. Or look into the mirror and say THREE things you like about yourself, appearances and personality traits.
If you can change that percentage, one positive thought at a time, you can change your life, your body and your well-being, because that’s what health is all about.
This goes without saying, but you have to be mindful to have a healthy mind. It’s more than positive thoughts and giving yourself rest days, it’s about being aware of your body AND your MIND. That’s where the connection happens.
In our daily lives, our bodies and minds live completely different lives. But with mindfulness, we can connect them and once they are working as one, we are fully alive in the present, healthily. You can also live mindfully by just tuning into daily routines, movements and activities and doing them with purpose, to truly live in the moment.
Adopting mindfulness will improve your health and wellness in a number of ways – It will increase productivity, help you make better decisions, and create happiness within you. That sounds a lot better than eating bland meals and slaving over the treadmill just to see improvements in the mirror. Health is about seeing improvements in your lifestyle and happiness.
It’s about creating positivity, happiness, and health within your mind. If your mind thinks positive thoughts, your body will respond positively. That’s the healthy connection so many people are lacking these days. If you can tune in to how your mind responds to your body, and if you can realize that finding health is a whole lot more than exercise and diet, you can truly live a healthy lifestyle where you’ll see more positive results in more areas of your life than can be defined by scales and jumping jacks!