Exercise is important, and so is education and learning. They keep the body and mind fit and active, promoting good health. As beneficial as these may be, it’s sometimes difficult to make time for everything. Has the focus of your efforts been on either your body or mind, but not both?
If so, it’s certainly good to know that you can keep both your mind and body fit, and it’s easier than you may have imagined.
It’s important to make a commitment of time and energy, even if the time you can devote to this endeavor is short. Lives are busy, and people have to pursue the things that matter most to them. You should do the same. Just avoid doing it at the expense of your health and happiness.
Balance is needed in all areas of life for optimum enjoyment.
Ways to Improve Your Body
If going to the gym or enduring long exercise routines is what you think of when you consider improving your body, you’ll be glad to discover that there are many other ways to work plenty of exercise into your schedule.
For a super-quick workout and a good energy boost, you can also:
• Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
• Park farther away from the store.
• Run and play with your children or pets.
• Walk around the block after work or after dinner.
• Walk in place or move around while watching TV.
• Clean a room. Cleaning burns a lot of calories.
Besides these activities, there are plenty of other ways to get the exercise you need so you can take good care of your body. Be creative. Any activity can provide a good workout as long as you’re moving!
Focus on what you can do in just a few minutes a day, to improve your body. Can you sit up straighter? Can you lose those stubborn five pounds you’ve wanted to get rid of? Can you smile more? Of course you can!
In addition, simple things like your posture and the expression on your face can go a long way toward how others see you, and how you see yourself, as well. Even if your body shape or size doesn’t change, it can look drastically different, giving you more self-esteem and happiness.
Improving your body is easy if you keep the right attitude and take small steps in the beginning. Even little changes can make a big difference.
Ways to Improve Your Mind
New experiences and learning new things on a daily basis are great ways to challenge and improve your mind. Your brain needs to be stimulated, and there are many ways to give it what it craves.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your mind and have fun at the same time, consider these options:
• Take a class on something you find interesting.
• Learn a foreign language.
• Do crosswords, word jumbles, or Sudoku puzzles.
• Read a challenging, interesting book.
• Research online in an area you’ve always been fascinated with.
• Write a short story, book, or play, or start keeping a journal each day.
• Pray or meditate.
There’s nothing wrong with watching TV or just relaxing, but avoid making that the only thing you do when you’re not at work. Instead, see the value in your time and use it to become even better, happier, and more fulfilled than you are now.
It’s easy to get started, and you shouldn’t worry about doing it all at once. It’s just you, setting your own schedule. The most important thing is to take that first step and get started. Once you do that, you’ll move forward into improving your body and mind and creating the life you really want and deserve!