People often ask me, “What is the difference between physical fitness and mental fitness?” And my answer is, the way you train your body has a lot to do with your mind. I believe that it is difficult to train someone to do a physical exercise routine unless they are in a training environment and given the right kind of encouragement and support.
Unfortunately, when you are not in a training environment, the best way to get fit is to do some research on how to get into shape. I believe this is your best bet. It will take time and dedication, but it will be worth it when you find what works for you.
But where does the term fitness come from? Is it a new age mentality or is it something we started calling something different back in the 1800s? No, its original meaning was “a well-regulated body” and has nothing to do with any kind of state of health.
Now, if you were to actually look at the definition of the word fitness is more closely, it means a physiological activity that results in improved performance in some measurable area. This can be either in a short-term, long-term, or athletic activity. So, when you hear people use the term fitness you know it refers to a workout or exercise that improves your overall health and well-being.
When you consider the goals of fitness, you may start to see where the term fitness comes from. The greatest motivation to get in shape and stay in shape is the thought of being healthier and feeling better. The word “health” itself carries the connotation of healthiness and wellness. So when you say the term fitness, it is to convey that goal or idea that you want to live a healthier life.
And the goals of fitness are many. One of the most important, as previously mentioned, is to feel better about yourself, which will result in improved health. Of course, improving the health and well-being of someone else is just as important. Your loved ones have to know that you are doing everything you can to make them feel better and your physical health can never be taken for granted.
You also need to improve your mental health. Having a healthy mental attitude is the single most important element in your success. You may think that this is self-serving, and it is, but we cannot deny the fact that our mental health is very important. The reason why this is so is that all the factors, including the environmental and physiological, can affect us.
So while mental activity is very important, it’s just as important that we have a positive mental attitude. We tend to think about things the way we do in order to distract ourselves. When we focus on positive aspects of life like exercise and good food, it makes a very big difference to our mental outlook.
Physical fitness is another important factor in our lives, but we often neglect the fact that we need to improve our mental aspects of life as well. If you ask me, I would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t feel good mentally when they get a positive mental attitude.
Finally, it is vitally important that we recognize that there is a direct connection between our mind and our physical activity. This is because our thoughts determine how we react to our surroundings and by associating positive thoughts with our physical activity, we become physically fit.
So, in summary, the word fitness is simply the combination of health and fitness. Mental fitness includes a positive mental attitude. Physical fitness includes both.