Fitness

There’s way more to physical fitness than working out

Working out is only one part of physical fitness. How many parts do you accomplish?

Young pretty girl work out in the gym

I work hard at taking a whole health approach to achieve optimal health results for me. Whole health comes from a balance in the physical, mental, environmental, spiritual, and social aspects of your life.

I talk about fitness a lot because it’s very key to achieving optimal health, but there’s so much more to it than just exercising.

To improve your physical health, you want to reach your peak energy and vitality levels. You’ve probably heard these tips a million times before, but combined they put you in your top physical form. And I’ll apologize upfront about reiterating them for the millionth and one time!

St Lucia Gym
Working out in the resort gym in St. Lucia a few years ago

Breathe through your abdomen. I decided to start with the lesser known tip so it would increase the odds that you wouldn’t skip over it. Breathing through your abdomen instead of your chest improves energy, increases your oxygen flow, relieves stomach pain and diminishes stress.

Exercise regularly. I just can’t talk about physical health without mentioning exercise. Make it a priority in your life. Schedule it in if you have to, at least 30 minutes a few times a week. If you’re not into hitting the gym, there are many other options out there for you.  Do anything that you’ll stick with, and that you’ll enjoy. Swimming, running, biking, hiking, skiing, sports boxing, and dancing are just some of the options you can work into your routine.

Eat a balanced diet. Another “We’ve heard it before” tip is to eat well. Your country’s food guidelines can steer you in the right direction about the amounts of food that are appropriate. Make sure to include lots of fruits and vegetables, avoid foods with chemical additives and reduce your intake of sugar, red meat, unhealthy fats, caffeine, salt, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol.

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You need a balance of protein, carbs, vegetables and fat

Drink water. Most people are chronically dehydrated. I’m one of them. How much water is necessary depends on the study, but most experts believe you need to drink eight to 10 cups of water a day to replace the water lost through your regular metabolic processes.

Sleep. Apparently the three hours of sleep I get a night isn’t even close to being enough! North American guidelines suggest approximately eight hours of sleep for adults a night and 10 for teens. Some tips to help you sleep better include, taking a warm bath or stay away from technology close to bedtime; reducing your caffeine and alcohol intake, and doing some light yoga, meditation or deep breathing.

These are the main parts of physical health. What are some ways you work towards it?

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59 comments

  1. Breathing from your core is a big one for me. Singers are trained to sing from their core, and I’ve noticed that when I talk from my core, my voice sounds so much more powerful

  2. It’s true staying away from technology can greatly improve our sleeping habits, but I there is a basic problem that no body has addressed. How do we get rid of the work load that hinders our sleep?
    Most adults work deep into the night, how do you ask these hard working people to stop working and sleep.
    This might sound simple, but it really isn’t.

  3. I love your tips – and I am doing them every day —and I have also started meditating at least ten minutes a day to connect my brain and body and become more awake and aware. Thanks for sharing. I am happy I found your site!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing too! Much appreciated. I am hitting a rough patch with that one too right now:)

    1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate it! I need more fitness pics though! I am really low 🙂 Have a wonderful start to your week Shaun!

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