Achieving overall health and fitness does not start and stop at eating a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise. Physical health is just one element out of seven elements of holistic fitness.
Better health can be achieved, and diseases prevented if all seven elements of holistic fitness are addressed. The seven elements are:
- Emotional Fitness
- Physical Fitness
- Spiritual Fitness
- Occupational Fitness
- Social Fitness
- Environmental Fitness
- Intellectual Fitness.
If you can feel happy and smile at the day, rather than wallow in negativity, it will absolutely reduce your stress and allow you to feel more positive. You will be better able to deal with your emotions, and the people and events that trigger them. Instead of overloading yourself with tasks, seek balance by setting time aside for yourself. When you can do this, it will allow you to stop feeling overwhelmed with life and improve your emotional fitness.
Physical fitness can be achieved by adhering to the basic requirements of physical health, such as exercising regularly and eating a healthy, nutritious diet. It is also imperative to have quality sleep every night and make absolutely sure you drink plenty of water too!
Spiritual fitness goes deeper than your religious beliefs. It also includes your values in life. For example, a big part of achieving spiritual fitness can be found in practicing gratitude. Being grateful allows you to become more positive in life and to look at life differently.
There’s the ancient saying, “I complained because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” Acknowledge where you can be grateful for what you have in life. This greatly reduces your risk of developing depression and feelings of worthlessness.
The majority of the population worldwide are workers. That doesn’t only mean employees, or those that engage in physical labor. Business owners and anyone in the managerial chain is still a worker. Most of us will have to work in our lifetime. What’s important for your occupational fitness is that you evaluate whether the work you do makes you miserable or happy.
Don’t waste too much time in a career that can cause your health to suffer. Yes, this can be difficult if you think you don’t have a choice. However, you need to make changes if you want change. If your job causes you stress and anxiety, then only you can do something about it. Waiting for someone else to make changes is disempowering, and usually glacially slow.
To better understand yourself and your social needs, first identify your own needs and values. Knowing ‘your self’ is paramount in your ability to set your own boundaries. This will help you to establish positive relationships with only the people you want in your life. It will help you connect with like-minded individuals, which are those people who share the same values as you.
Surround yourself with positive people and keep in contact with your family. However, let go of toxic people that make your life miserable, even if they are family members. Negative or vindictive people can easily drain your energy and emotional fitness, while contributing to your anxiety and stress.
Getting involved in the community where you live is another way you can boost your social fitness. You may not be a ‘people person’, so this may not be something you would like to do. However, if it is, it will help develop your sense of social consciousness as you become more in touch with the needs of your society and the people living around you.
Our environment has a huge impact on our overall health. We can’t be healthy if we live in an unhealthy environment. Just look at fish in a dirty pond, our fate is the same. Therefore, live in a place that not only promotes your own health, but make sure your own personal environment is healthy too. You can start by maintaining cleanliness in your own home and by removing harmful substances. Even if you feel that some things are beyond your control, take charge of the areas where you can influence the outcome.
When we stop learning, we stop living. Make it a point to keep learning new skills! Read books, play music, learn a language, or two or three, just don’t stop. If you keep learning, you are not only becoming more educated by the day, but you are also opening your mind to more opportunities and possibilities. You’ll continue expanding your knowledge and values in life. You’ll be exploring a world full of wonder if you allow yourself to.
There are so many things you can do to improve your intellectual fitness. If you don’t like reading or playing music, don’t let that stop you. Play intellectually stimulating games that sharpen your brain and/or play against other people and sharpen your wit.
As you can see you can make many changes in your life to develop complete holistic fitness. It all starts with you. Why not start working on one element or all seven elements today, right now? It’s your decision.
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