Achieve Total Fitness

What is Total Fitness? We tend to think of it as hitting the gym and getting that killer workout. Or getting that great morning run in before work. Then add in a healthy eating regimen. Now we’ve arrived, right? Actually, there is much more to leading a totally fit lifestyle. There are four components to a comprehensive approach: physical, mental, social and spiritual. It is the balance of these four that lead to wellness, happiness and productivity.

Physical fitness means leading a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, rest and nutrition.

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy

Mental fitness requires effective coping skills, a strong self-image and a positive approach to life. People who are mentally fit demonstrate self-control and make good choices.

“There are no dead ends in life, only dead end thinking.” – Orin Woodward

Social fitness means having a strong sense of belonging and connection to the people around you. It’s being able to develop and maintain trusted, valued relationships that are personally fulfilling and provide a safe place to exchange ideas, views and experiences.

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”           – C.G. Jung

Spiritual fitness is about having a sense of purpose and meaning in one’s life. It’s about strengthening the set of beliefs, principles or values that give someone a sense of well-being, hope and the will to keep going.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, 
Your thoughts become your words, 
Your words become your actions, 
Your actions become your habits, 
Your habits become your values, 
Your values become your destiny.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Rick, July 2, 2014

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