The key to finding the perfect body-mind balance is to use both the body and mind together in harmony. While that fact may be easily said, it is surprising how often people overlook the importance of nurturing the mind-body relationship. Because of that, people’s activities are seldom in support of their well-being. Here are a few of our favourite ways to find and support the balance that you require.
Hitting the Gym
Hitting the gym is among the more popular ways to balance yourself. Concentrating on pushing your limits on both the mental and physical plains goes a long way to foster a stable balance. It works because for success at the gym, both the body and mind have to support the other. You can’t go that extra kilometre without willpower. Likewise, without the physical strength to match what your mind wants to do, willpower has diminished effect over the long term. When you find a good balance, each element pushes the other in a positive direction, resulting in more energy, a happier demeanour and a much healthier future.
In martial arts, the stakes are higher for missing the mark where the mind-body connection is concerned: at the gym, you have to be disciplined and focused on pushing yourself in the direction you wish to get to, but in martial arts someone else is pushing you. That means there is a greater sense of urgency to finding the balance required to succeed. This is not for everyone – it demands a lot of dedication and practice. For some, however, it is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Yoga and Meditation
Those who prefer a calmer approach should consider yoga and meditation. Yoga requires a deep, inner focus that is very personal and that reaps many rewards. For some people, finding a way to quiet their minds is one of the biggest challenges in life, but when they find a way to bring inner peace the results are all-pervasive – every aspect of their lives is positively enhanced.
No matter which of these activities you choose, you are sure to find the peace you are looking for if you stick with it. Just remember to select the activity that matches best with your energy and fitness levels.