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Words of Wellness

Building the Body & The Brain

Building the Body & The Brain

John L. Pantera

The total package of living a healthy lifestyle not only includes being physically fit, but also being mentally strong. The same energy and attention you put into building your body’s strength, endurance and flexibility should also be applied to having a positive attitude and perspective on life. It takes combining mental and physical strength with solid nutrition habits to build a body and brain that can successfully work together to accomplish your life’s goals.

Mind Over Matter
Living a well-balanced healthy lifestyle starts with focusing on your mental, physical and nutritional health during your daily life activities.

One of the first steps to obtaining a strong body and healthy mind is to have solid, attainable goals before beginning the journey of health and fitness. Without a goal, or at least a vision in mind, you will most likely end up spinning your wheels or finding yourself working toward the impossible. Bate encourages you to set your sights high, but be aware of the fine line between being realistic and completely impractical.

Active Lifestyles Breed Healthy Habits

Proper nutrition and exercise go hand in hand for achieving mental and physical health. While illness, stress, depression and other outside influences can take their toll on mental and physical health, each of these conditions has been shown to be diminished with the right diet and exercise plan.

To accomplish total body health and fitness, it’s important to incorporate strength training, cardio and mobility into your fitness regimen. A consistent cardio routine is key to keeping the heart healthy, enhancing your body’s recovery and improving longevity, while lifting weights is an integral component to building strength, burning calories and accelerating fat loss. Weight training builds lean muscle, which in turn burns more calories because your body must use energy to build and maintain your muscles. More calories burned can lead to an increase in fat loss, making for a healthier and happier you.

Eat Well to be Fit
It is important to choose the right foods at least 90 percent of the time. Eating healthy doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy your favorite foods again, but you have to keep in mind that you are what you eat. It’s important to ask yourself whether eating your favorite food will help you get closer to your goals or further away from your goals. You also need to be mindful that you can’t out-train a poor diet.

Set goals and accomplish them by taking a total mind and body approach to healthy living. You can’t accomplish your goals by quitting or seeing the glass as half empty. Stay strong mentally and physically by training right, eating well and keeping a positive attitude.

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