Your thought life can be a scary place, am I right? We all have our own inner battles that have plagued us since the fall of man. However, mental health, like physical health, can be worked out and improved upon. Feed the mind positive stuff, and guess what starts to happen? The mind begins to think positive thoughts. Stretch the mind by learning a new skill, say playing the guitar, the brain changes and expands it’s already amazing network of synapses. Read a good book that changes your perspective on a plight that has been dragging you down, and now your brain interprets this differently. Spend time around people who encourage you, challenge you, and lift you up instead of those who tear you down. Guess what happens when you exchange those two friend groups?
As you can see, when it comes to our mental health, there’s many habits that can contribute to a strong, positive, and healthy mental state. In today’s world, people have more opportunities than ever to find themselves down in some deep dark corners of our world, where no one should be spending any time, but with the amount of technology that is in our very fingertips, it’s scary to think about what could be influencing one’s mental health.
So, if we can agree that you are free to control what goes into your eyes, ears, and mind, what are some habits that you should incorporate into your life? Think about that for a minute and then read on to check out some of our suggestions:
We’ve all heard that popular health phrase before. Is that an oversimplification, absolutely, but does it make a point? Absolutely. In today’s society, people always like to point out the outlier scenario.
“Well my grandpa drank a fifth of whiskey every night, smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, and lived on ho ho’s, pizza, and candy bars and he was never overweight and lived until he was 90.”
That’s awesome fella, and kudos to your Grandpa for having an iron liver and likely not sitting on his ass as much as most Americans do nowadays, but look at what’s going on around you. Think a bit more critically than your Grandpa’s 5th of Whiskey and pack of cigs habits and how your own eating and drinking habits could be influencing the quality of your life. I hate to bring up COVID-19, (SERIOUSLY, I HATE TO BRING IT UP) but look how crippling one’s immune system and overall health is when one is overweight, obese, or has underlying health conditions, most of which are lifestyle related diseases. Scarier yet is that heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are still far deadlier. Let us not forget that.
“Yeah but I knew a guy that was super fit and healthy and dropped over dead at 50 from a heart attack.” There you go with your outlier theory again.
So, just like in the first section, take a minute and think about some eating and drinking habits that you could incorporate into your life that could have a profound impact on the quality and length of your life.
Here’s some of our suggestions:
If you don’t move through a full range of motion in your joints, they will become stiff and lose their degrees of freedom. If you don’t stimulate the musculoskeletal system with resistance, you will lose precious lean muscle tissue and bone density. If you don’t elevate your heart rate regularly, you find your work capacity decreases and you’re winded after climbing a flight of stairs. If you don’t keep your hips mobile, you’ll likely find yourself with back issues.
Physical education is something worth pursing for a lifetime. It started when we were young, though it’s becoming less and less part of the elementary and secondary education curriculums. While this is absolutely ridiculous, it is what it is, and we can either come up with excuses for being a couch potato, or we can dust the Doritos crumbs off our crotch and find a coach who can teach us the art of getting healthy and fit. Nobody wants to lose their ability to move freely and pain free, so it’s time to create good movement habits to maintain your freedom to move, or gain back what you’ve lost. God made our bodies remarkably adaptable. No matter how far off track you’ve gotten, you can still transform yourself by harnessing good habits. Take another minute and ponder what you could do to create better movement habits.
Here’s our suggestions:
Lastly, be honest with yourself. Hiring a coach is a smart thing to do to help you navigate this new life of health, fitness, and happiness!