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

12 Rituals Happy, Successful People Practice Every Day

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
―Ralph Waldo Emerson

In a nutshell, when it comes to working hard to achieve a substantial life goal of any kind – earning a degree, building a business, fostering a relationship, raising a family, becoming more mindful, or any other personal achievement that takes time and commitment – one thing you have to ask yourself is:

“Am I willing to spend a little time every day like many people won’t, so I can spend the better part of my life like many people can’t?”

Here are twelve daily rituals for long-term happiness and success:

Push-Ups – One of The Best Exercises and How You Can Improve

Push-ups are one of the oldest and most basic of exercises for a simple reason. They work. The exercise positions all the muscles in our upper body and builds optimal strength in the forearms, shoulders, chest.

The 10 – day program that has helped people go from 50 pushups to 80 pushups in two weeks.

On Odd Days

Do 200 pushups in as few sets as possible in addition to your regularly scheduled workout of cardio exercises. You can still do upper body workouts on these days if you are already on a program. This is a supplemental 200 pushups using maximum repetition sets (4 x 50, 8 x 25 … it’s your choice how you get to 200).

On Even Days

Do 200 pushups throughout the day. This can be little sets of ten done every half hour or fifty pushups done four times throughout the day.

At the end of today, if it has been preoccupied with thoughts of enjoyment that might be coming, we will find that we have lost something valuable that will be gone forever. Today!

In hoping to be happy about something in the future, instead of being happy right now, we are missing out. We often want more time, more money for that new purchase, a better job, better health. The list may be long.

This is such a waste because there are probably many things to feel really good about each day. Unfortunately we are encouraged to dwell on things that we have yet to acquire. If we were bombarded with daily reminders of how lucky we are and how much we have to be happy about, we would retire at night with wonderful days behind us.

“No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, then enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated of it.” – Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1878)

Our day should be free of other stresses and worries. An analysis of a bad event that has happened, or may happen, can be worthwhile in determining a course of action. Beyond that, to continue worrying about it is a completely useless waste of time and is harmful to our health. Worry does not help the future experience and could make it worse, and the past cannot be changed.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could, some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

So enjoy yourself today because it is not coming back.

On Total Fitness

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Out with the old year and in with the new…a great time to reflect on our Total Fitness and how it effects our lives.  What is Total Fitness?  Most think of it as hitting the gym and getting that killer workout.  But it’s actually much more.  There are four components to comprehensive fitness: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Happy New Year – Rick