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Physical Vs Mental Fitness

There is but one way to live life to its fullest- being fit. Understanding the benefits of all-round fitness and knowing how active you should make it easier to improve the overall quality of your life. To help you live better, here’s how you can benefit from mental and physical exercise regardless of your age, sex or physical ability.

When talking about fitness, both mental and physical fitness come into play. More often than not, physical fitness gets plenty of attention, and for a good reason. A healthy body can counter conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and help you maintain confidence as you age.

However, mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and should not be neglected in your self-betterment plans.

Mental fitness means having a brain and emotional health in tip-top shape. It may not necessarily mean training to ace an IQ test, but a series of exercise that helps slow down, decompress and boost a flagging memory.

Aerobics (cardio)

Aerobics involves maintaining an increased heart rate for an extended period of time. Types of cardio exercises include running, swimming, biking, rowing, dancing, and jumping rope.

Strength

Also called Resistance Training. It’s a physical activity with the purpose of increasing muscle strength and mass. Examples include weightlifting, dumbbell and bodyweight exercises.

Balance

This is where you activate your abdominal muscles for stability and control of your body. Balance exercises can include yoga, tai chi and stability ball exercises.

Flexibility

Bragging about how much you can bench is no fun if you have trouble tying your shoes. Flexibility saves you from tight hips, hamstrings, hip flexors and makes you as strong as you can be.

Why you need to be fit and importance of physical fitness

Weight control leads you towards fitness

Along with diet, exercise plays an essential role in managing your weight and preventing obesity. To maintain your weight, the calories you are taking must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must utilize more calories than you eat and drink.

Manage your sugar and insulin levels

Exercise can reduce your blood sugar level and help your insulin work effectively. This can lower your risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. And if you already have one of those diseases, exercise can help you to maintain it.

Feel Happier through fitness

Exercise has been shown to improve your mood and reduce feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress. It produces variations in the parts of the brain that control stress and anxiety. It can also boost brain sensitivity for the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which relieve feelings of depression.

Better Mental Health and fitness

Regular exercise can have an extremely positive influence on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, increases memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits – browse through our site and discover how to reap these benefits.

How to Achieve Mental Fitness

Be positive with yourself and improve your fitness

Affirmation, or positively talking to yourself, involves strengthening neural pathways to bring your self-confidence, well-being, and satisfaction to a higher level. To start, make a list of your good qualities. Remind yourself that you don’t have to be perfect. Set goals for what you want to make better and start small to avoid becoming confused.

Stop Multitasking

Many think that multitasking enables you to get more things done at once, but it creates more problems than it solves. Focusing on one task at a time will improve your concentration and help you to be more productive.
Try Something Different

New practices can also set you on the way to mental fitness.  You can fit new approaches into your daily life by trying new foods, new ways to accomplish routine tasks, traveling to new places or trying a new route to the grocery store.

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Reading is great for your brain. Your brain processes every word you read, including this one. Beyond the mechanics, reading helps you visualize the subject matter on the pages before you, and imagine what voices sound like in the written dialogue.

This can also be a great relaxation technique

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150 Exercises You Can Do

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Ab Slider

The Ab Slide is a great way to tone lots of different muscles. It is not as easy or simple to do as it looks. It works a lot of muscles and requires coordination.

What makes the ab slider exercise moderately difficult is the amount of friction when you start the foot to move towards yourself is at its maximum. This is because you need to place significant force downwards to control your movements and avoid to go everywhere.

The Ab Slider improves your core strength working on the transverse abdominis, builds stability as well as increasing your fitness.

Time
2-6 Minutes

Muscle Group
Abs, Back Muscles, obliques, waist, arms, chest, shoulders

Difficulty
Easy to Difficult

Fitness Type
Strength, Anaerobic

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Safety Tips

If you have any shoulder, back or knee injuries, you should consult with the doctor first before the exercise.

Skipping

Equipment Required

This exercise needs be done on a smooth flow, and you will need either thick socks or small pieces of hand towels or foot sliders. Some people like to have a yoga mat under the hands.

Number of Reps and/or Length of Time

Beginners

3-3 minutes
15-30 seconds
2-3 Sets
Keep legs under controls and move slowly

Intermediate

3-4 minutes
20-60 seconds
2-3 Sets
Increase leg speed

Advanced

3-6 minutes
30-120 seconds
3-4 Sets
increase leg speed

Instructions

Step 1  Watch the instructional video, then read the following for clarification.

Step 2  Lying face down on the floor go to into the plank position.

Step 3  Moving one leg towards your forward towards your chest as far forward as you can2. Moving one leg towards your forward towards your chest as far forward as you can

Step 4  Move the leg back, so you are in the plank position.

Step 5  Move the alternative leg as per steps 2-3

Step 6  Repeat Steps 2-4 for as long as you can.

Step 7  Rest for 20-30 seconds and repeat.

Exercise Note

As you build confidence, stability, and strength move the legs faster.  Count how many time you move the legs and record to see your progress

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Fitness Tip

Choose a fitness regime that fits into your lifestyle. Though do try to make it at least 4 vigorous sessions of a minimum of 30 minutes each.

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