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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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Seated Neck Stretch

One of the most common issues for people who work in offices is the tight and sore neck muscles. This standing or seated neck stretch provides people some relief, the tight and sore muscle in the shoulder, neck, and the back of the head. The standing or seat neck stretch can be even done lying down.

This exercise is non-intrusive and can be done almost anywhere from sitting in the car at the traffic lights to waiting in a queue at the supermarket.

The stretch brings a positive impact to your whole aura because this stretch greatly relieves tension from your shoulders to your spine. It works the neck muscles, including the trapezius muscles that are in the upper middle of your back through the shoulders to the base on your skull.

This simple neck stretch reduces tension that leads to headaches, migraines and stiffness in the neck.

Time
2-4 Minutes

Muscle Group
Trapezius Neck, Shoulder, Back

Difficulty
Esay

Fitness Type
Stretch

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Safety Tips

Try always to keep your back straight and make sure not to slump forward. Also, if you have any injury or chronic pain in your neck, shoulders or back, visit your doctor first before executing this exercise. While stretching, you will feel the tension in your muscles, but should not feel any pain. If there is pain, end the stretch.

Skipping

Equipment Required

This exercise can be standing up or sitting down on a chair

Yoga Mats are suitable to be used in this workout.   Read our review on the various types of mats available.

Number of Reps and/or Length of Time

Beginners

2-4 minutes
5-10 second hold
Repeat 3-4 times on each side

Intermediate

2-4 minutes
8-15 second hold
Repeat 3-4 times on each side

Advanced

2-4 minutes
10-20 second hold
Repeat 3-4 times on each side

Instructions

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

Step 2  Sit in a chair with a straight back and lifted chest.

Step 3  Tilt your head towards your left shoulder.
Step 4  You can assist the pose as you press down on your head using your left hand.

Step 5  Hold this pose to your comfort level.

Step 6  Repeat steps 3 to 5 on the other side.

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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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