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"I Have to Go Work Out" - a Holistic Approach to Fitness

How many times have you said to yourself “I have to go #work out”? Does it sound more like a chore rather than an rewarding experience? In many cases working out may seem like another task on your to-do list to deem yourself “healthy,” but do you always feel #happy or “#healthy” after a workout?

This is where holistic fitness comes into play. A holistic approach to fitness means wholeness or incorporating your physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and mental aspects that make up you. Meaning, you are working out to release tension from a hard day, creating positive energy or thoughts, and/or looking for meaning or value in living.

Let’s break down what that means by using an example. In #yoga, not only are you strengthening and stretching your muscles but you are also learning how to relieve stress and tension in your body. The instructor will say “take a deep breath in and on your exhale release all the stress from your day or the anger that you may feel.” This type of physical activity incorporates your body but also incorporates your spiritual well-being. Spiritual well-being can be like praying to religion, but it can also include what you find meaningful, what you value, or thinking positively. It can really be anything you want it to be that makes you feel at peace with yourself. 

Another example looking at fitness as #therapy for your body, mind, and spirit. Take running for example: Try going for a run and thinking about all the things you are grateful for or pinpointing things that make you happy. Now your run has turning into therapy where you are learning how to mentally shift your thoughts into happy ones rather than thinking of the stressful day you just had.

Another time you could integrate this activity is after a hard workout while #stretching. Inhale positive thoughts and exhale negative thoughts. This way you are shifting your mental, emotional, and even spiritual aspects of your life into something positive while completing a simple task like stretching. Trying to add holistic fitness into your daily life might lead you to feeling like working out is more than a chore. Rather a peace finding activity, time for yourself, and time to better yourself through your mind, body, and spirit.

The next time you find yourself working out or enjoying some physical activity, take a bit of time to think of how you may infuse a holistic approach to your fitness. You may find yourself feeling better physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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