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5 Mind-Body Fitness Tips To Stay Healthy Inside and Out

Contrary to popular belief, your health is comprised of more than just diet and exercise. Mind-body fitness is exactly that; it means you’re exercising both the muscles in your body, like your heart and hamstrings as well as your brain, which is also a muscle but controls hormones, emotions and everything else that allows your body to function at it's ultimate capacity. According to WebMD, forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress, a state of emotional strain resulting from very demanding circumstances. The good news is, mind-body fitness is a powerful way to reduce stress and cope with taxing situations. Here are five ways you can get your mind and body fit. blog_mind_body   1. Yoga is a fantastic way to stretch and lengthen your muscles while focusing your mind. Recent findings from the Journal of Gerontology Series found hatha yoga can improve cognitive performance in older adults.   2. Meditation is the art of focusing your attention and can provide a number of health benefits including improved concentration, decreased anxiety, and overall happiness. Meditation isn’t something that comes overnight and should be practiced consistently twice a day. If you’re interested in learning more, check out these beginner meditation tips from ZenHabits.   3. Life happens, and it’s easy to get distracted or fall off course. If you’re feeling lost, don’t worry. There are tons of positive, motivational coaches out there that you have access to online. Whether you need career motivation, spiritual advice, or fitness tips, all it takes is a simple Google search.   4. Heart.org recommends adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity five days a week. That’s only 2% of your day! Whether you want to go hiking, dance at a Zumba fitness class or run on a treadmill, do whatever it takes to get your heart rate up.   5. The healthier the food you put in your body, the more energy you’ll have and the better you’ll feel. Easier said than done, right? Actually, if you prepare ahead of time, eating healthy is easy. For example, every Sunday try setting time aside to cook all of your protein, grains and vegetables. Assemble lunches in advance so you can grab-and-go in the morning. How are you kicking your mind and body into shape this fall? Share your tips with us below; we love to hear from you!

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