As we settle into 2021, many have already abandoned the resolutions they eagerly celebrated as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. While most of our personal goals are centered around achieving a happier and healthier life, lofty aspirations turn into a daunting reality quickly if goals are not attainable for our daily routines. In order to live a sustainable and healthier lifestyle, you must first understand these three fundamental pillars:
Practicing a healthy lifestyle starts with the mind. Our mental health is fueled by how we think, feel and act – influencing our daily lives in every aspect. Most importantly, having a thorough understanding of human behavior informs how we cope with adversity, view our spirituality, manage our relationships and ultimately connect with ourselves and other worldviews. Staying cognizant of your mental health, getting sufficient sleep, and surrounding yourself with positive people and places will inherently influence your mindset on your journey to living a healthier life.
Having an understanding of anatomical foundations and the mechanics of human motion all impact the ways we treat and train our bodies. Becoming familiar with our motor learning and development of our bodies can help us identify the appropriate application to exercise and inform our lifestyle. This kind of knowledge is especially helpful if you notice something uncommon or painful. Our bodies are designed to let us know when something’s not right. Listening to your body and understanding your body’s movement and function will educate you on how to tend to yourself effectively. Learning how to stretch, lift, and use equipment properly is key to making the most of your structural health. If you’re not quite sure how to best start, call on the help of an instructor or personal trainer.
Mechanical health is what people typically think of when they envision practicing aspects of a healthy lifestyle. The elements of mechanical health includes the actual act of exercising such as going to the gym, taking a walk, or practicing yoga to improve your strength or agility. While this can look very different from one person to the next, maintaining an active lifestyle contributes to your overall physical well-being and influences your acute and chronic physiological and psychological responses.
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