By: Guest Author
We all have different wellness goals that inspire us to exercise. Pilates, for example, as you may well know, can help each of us maintain a healthy weight, strengthen our muscles, prevent injuries, and even alleviate pain. But these pieces of the puzzle only scratch the surface of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, taking care of our physical health is just a fraction of self-care. Honing in on all areas of our well-being, including our mental and emotional needs, is the key to a mind, body, and soul trifecta of health and wellness! Below you’ll find a few quick pointers to help you develop a more holistic outlook on fitness:
1. Listen to your body
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of soreness after a workout. It’s almost as if our body is saying, “You did it – Way to go!” Pilates, after all, is a series of strengthening movements, so we’re bound to experience some muscle soreness. But to avoid injury and burnout, and to thank our body, don’t ignore the discomfort – tend to it instead! You can check out our services, such as physical therapy and massage therapy for post-workout care. Or use a foam roller to help relax and soothe stiff muscles.
2. Nurture yourself
It goes without saying that exercise can make us look and feel great. Still, we must not forget that other things are happening to our body as a result of working out that can leave us feeling less than our best. For instance, sweat, along with the bacteria from workout mats, equipment, and other surfaces, can irritate our skin and cause blemishes. Since skin is the body’s largest organ, and a barrier against infections, making sure to stay on top of various self-care methods like finding and using skincare products are an integral part of a balanced approach to wellness and fitness. Remember: stay healthy, happy, and confident!
3. Transform your thoughts
Some of us exercise for our mental health because it triggers the body to release endorphins that can improve our mood. However, we can also use fitness as a catalyst to boost our everyday mindset and spirit. All it takes is shifting our point of view toward an attitude with gratitude! Take a look at some of the amazing health benefits of practicing gratitude that we found in this article:
- Increased happiness and positive mood
- More satisfaction with life
- Less likely to experience burnout
- Better physical health
- Better sleep
- Less fatigue
- Lower levels of cellular inflammation
- Greater resiliency
- Encourages the development of patience, humility, and wisdom
Implementing gratitude into your life and your fitness routine can be a small, yet impactful idea – and easy to do with a gratitude fitness journal. When you need some inspiration, jot down notes that empower you on your health and fitness journey. Say, for example, you write about how appreciative you are of your body’s capabilities. You might feel a sense of pride and appreciation by reminding yourself that you have a healthy heart that pumps blood throughout your body, allowing you to exercise and do the things you love!