Fitness is mostly mental. Your body can’t go where your mind doesn’t push it..
People know that exercise can improve physical health. But exercise isn’t commonly used to treat mental health problems such as depression or anxiety. We now know that exercise has equally important mental health benefits.
The link between exercise, food and mood is pretty strong.
Back when I started my fitness journey, I would have NEVER imagined that mental health would be this intertwined with nutrition and fitness. It alters our view of our bodies, how we diet, eating disorders, body dysmorphic tendencies, and how we perceive and body shame others.
I feel more people are now concerned with their mental fitness — meaning having the skillset to improve and sustain one’s own state of well-being, while performing optimally. It involves developing self-awareness and mindfulness and being on point with how you think, behave, and feel. This allows you to lean into challenges with more confidence while navigating through changes and stressors.
Good mental health lets you reconnect with life at a core level.
Your mental fitness is a function of the foods you eat, the lifestyle you lead, and the way you exercise. It’s beyond self-care and recovery. More and more people are bringing awareness to this discussion and I’m hoping it can lead to a more body positive (or at least body neutral) environment.