When you see the word FITNESS what image does your mind pop into your head?
For most people you would automatically see a gym of some kind, weights, sweat, and for some a torture chamber. What most don’t realize is the physical aspect of “lifting weights” is but a tiny speck in the realm of true fitness for oneself. TRUE fitness is much more than that. I can say this because I am a fitness professional who spends my days in classes teaching fitness and who personally spends 6 days a week in the gym. Take it from me, the physical part, is only the beginning.
So what am I talking about then. I have a mentor that showed me years ago his top “wealths” in life. I’m breaking them down into 7 parts to show you the way to a fulfilling and healthy life involves all aspects of your life, starting from within.
I started with this because to most this is the most obvious but more than what you think. Do you ever feel very tense in your shoulders or lower back after a long day at work or stressful time in your life? What about a certain pain in your mouth due to a cavity or stuffy nose due to a cold? All of these are PHYSICAL aspects of your health. Just like working out to remain agile and strong, taking care of your physical body is a must. Whether its taking a warm bath and foam rolling, doing yoga, or getting a massage to calm your knots. It also involves going to the dentist, doctor, or simply getting more sleep to recover your body from the aches and pains life may give you.
There is nothing in this world that carries the same abilities and talents your mind possesses. It is more intricate than a computer and capable of more than anything you could even imagine. You hold within your skull the ultimate weapon for a great and healthy life. Your mind is an incredible servant but a lousy master because whatever you feed it is what you will subconsciously create within your world. It is that powerful…seriously. You must exercise your mind and guard it from negative influences in order to create a healthy life because if you believe something to be true, that belief has no other choice than to be created. This may be the most important part of your health and most people don’t pay any attention to it. Protect your mind from gossip, trash, and negative thoughts. Exercise it with books, seminars, and influential people.
One of the top reasons most couples get divorced is because of financial disputes. Not because money is the root of all evil, I believe the opposite to be true actually. The truth then, is because money is one of the most valuable tools in this world. Most people do not know how to handle their finances (school does not teach you this) so people become ignorant to healthy financial exercises and get in a heap of trouble. Our society is making it easier and easier to get in lots of debt and stay in debt, creating a lot of slaves to big companies. My one big suggestion for this is to read (mind exercise) Dave Ramsey’s book Total Money Makeover. Just read it, you’ll understand when you’re done.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in God, Buddha, Allah, Zeus, fairies, or no god at all. One thing everyone IS is an energy source. Everyone has a light that cannot be ignored. I personally know and love my God but in this particular part I’m not talking religion. I’m talking about your personal light that makes you who YOU are. The light that keeps you alive. Yes, your heart pumps and circulates the blood but whats pumps your heart? How does it keep beating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no rest, no help, and no reason other than to keep YOU here. This energy, is what you need to be in tune with. Get to know yourself, because everyone is different. There is no other you and there never will be again. If your light is low, your LIFE is low…get me? Find what makes your light shine, meditate on it, go somewhere quiet to sense it, and breath life into it.
There were 50 billion different combinations that COULD HAVE been, but within a miracle of a chance, you were born and created exactly the way you are. You are rarest of the rare, a one time being, never to be repeated. There is no one on earth like you, never has been, and never will be again… let that just sink in for a minute. You were created with gifts and talents that no one else possesses with a combination of them being a powerful force that cannot be recreated. YOU are here for a purpose. Everyone on earth, is here for something special, specific, and unique to them. Your first half of your life is to find out what that purpose is. The second half is to fulfill that purpose and leave your legacy. A little hint: if you find something you absolutely love to do and it helps and serves others, you found it. Passion + Service = Purpose
Let’s face it, all work and no play makes Jane a very dull girl. One of the best parts about life is getting to ENJOY IT! If you’re not having any fun then what’s the point? We were not created to merely survive but THRIVE in life, in whatever form thrive means to you. The world is such a beautiful place and was made for YOU to explore it. This one is pretty simple and straight forward, if you are over worked and under too much stress, go play! Have some fun, laugh, try something new, feel the thrill of adrenaline in your veins, take a day and do something you want to do just because you want to do it. It’s okay..really. If you are looking for permission this is it.
7. Relationships / Love
Human beings are social animals. We were never meant to live alone. Relationships and love is the reason we exist and is the most important fuel we have to keep going. Without love and relationships there wouldn’t be a species..think about it. When you are going through a hard time what do you do? you run to a trustful friend or family member to vent or just be next to. those bonds keep you sane and allow you to know you are not alone. They keep you going when times get hard.
I’m not necessarily talking about a romantic relationship either. Yes those types of relationships fill us in a way no other can but you can live without one and sometimes being on your own is where you are suppose to be. thats why romance is a part of your relationships but not the whole thing. You need friends and family to lift you up as well as others to give you meaning in life to serve with purpose. If you have the love of others around you, your life is already fit and full, build on that.