Plenty of science proves that a fit person lives longer and has a lower risk of chronic diseases, illnesses and accidents. Fitness protects bone mass, improves sleep, reduces depression and anxiety, boosts morale and self-esteem, and increases the overall quality of life. As fitness increases, so does strength, agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, and speed. It changes your body. Your cardiorespiratory system strengthens. You can better maintain your ideal weight. Your resting metabolism rate increases. And, and, and…. I could go on! And, be forewarned, I probably will in future posts! J
But those aren’t the benefits of fitness that are on my mind right now. Believe it or not, there is an additional set of benefits that I am really drawn to because they support your efforts to be your best self!
Training and fitness also provide an opportunity to strengthen emotional and mental skills that can be carried to all other aspects of your life.
There are approaches to training that can lead you to accomplish broader life goals.
- Training can be either outward focused or inward focused. If the primary fitness goals revolve around scores, a number on the scale, or statistics, that is an outward focus. If instead the goals are about feeling good about ourselves, experiencing a sense of accomplishment or enjoying ongoing growth and progress, that is an inward focus. An inward focus sets the stage for enjoying the broader benefits.
- Training can consider the whole person; the body, mind and emotions. This holistic approach empowers the person since they can intentionally learn to reshape themselves.
- Training can provide an opportunity to commit to improve mental focus, to strengthen emotional stability and to maintain a relaxed state when facing stress.
- Training can reflect our life; our limits and our potential, our weaknesses and strengths. Self-awareness increases and directs each stage of our training plans. For those who choose consistency in their commitment, fitness training offers a path to explore our full potential.
Everything that we do is directed by intention.
My hope is that you will set your fitness intention to the highest level possible.
Once that is done, all the other pieces will fit together like a puzzle.