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It is a common misconception that exercises and health foods are just for physical fitness. Nobody really thought of mental well-being till the Greeks popularized the concept of healthy mind and body. Mental and physical fitness go hand-in-hand – in fact, it is safe to say, they work as a team to ensure you enjoy overall robust health. There is no way to get around it, you want to be healthy and fit in your complete body then you need to get a complete understanding of how your body works. There are a lot of trainers who only know how to get your body in shape but what about your mental shape. In the sport of boxing it is called ‘The sweet science’ that’s because it’s not only a physical sport but a mental sport also, to compete and train you need to understand that even if your not competing against someone else, you are still competing against all the forces that will try to stop you or slow you down form achieving your goal.
Physical fitness and benefits
If asked to define physical health, most will say it is about dieting and maintaining a rigorous workout routine, which is simply not true! Everyone’s body isn’t equipped for tough exercises and many find it problematic to stick to a diet, which doesn’t mean they have to give up the idea of fitness. A fit body is when its functionality is at its peak, where proper nutrition and exercise plays a significant role, but take care not to overdo it. Never skimp on food – eat the right stuff in correct amounts as it is necessary to sustain energy. Physical fitness has several advantages such as:
- Lets you maintain a healthy body weight.
- Reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
- Prevents the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
- Effectively blocks some causes of cancer.
- Stronger bones and muscles.
- Enhanced drive and stamina.
- Improves balance, posture, and ability to carry out daily tasks.
Mental Fitness and Benefits
Mental fitness is greatly influenced by physical and other fitness practices such as – physical activity, focus, reflection, and so on. It deals with emotional, mental and spiritual parts of the mind. A combination of physical and mental fitness is known as “wellness”. Benefits of mental fitness include:
- Improves concentration skills and mental power.
- Prolongs your lifespan.
- Reduces stress, tension, anxiety, and depression.
- Helps to relax and uplifts mood.
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