December 16, 2012
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Happiness and positive thinking are typical of the physically fit. Similar to strength training and conditioning, mental fitness can be improved through persistent effort. Simple exercises can help people of any age cope with stress and find happiness. Stress relief encourages healthy habits. This New Year, resolve to relax. Get fit by tackling stress head on.
Fears vs. Motivation
Eighty-five percent of our worries are grossly exaggerated. The fear of a difficult situation is almost always more stressful than the actual situation. Don't let your artificial worries dictate your real-life actions. To help achieve your New Year's Resolution, physically write down your worries and fears, as well as why you've chosen your resolution. Writing gives weight to your thoughts. By laying out your motivation against your fears, you can consciously evaluate how the long-term benefits of your resolution vastly outweigh your immediate fears.
Concentrate on Relaxing
Relieving emotional stress can prevent destructive habits like overeating and stress eating. Similarly, soothing physical soreness can help ensure you stick to your exercise routine. Stress management is a physical and emotional process. While it is fairly common knowledge that exercise itself helps alleviate emotional stress, few know that your mind can help reduce physical soreness.
After exercise, lactic acid gathers in the muscles and causes stress. A technique called progressive muscle relaxation—using your mind to instruct your muscles to relax—has actually been shown to reduce physical stress. This year, exercise, then use your mind to quicken post-workout recovery. You will be more likely to stick to your resolution.
Lasting changes cannot be made if immediate changes are not implemented. New routines can yield new ideas and ease old worries. Plan a specific routine to help you track your progress. To succeed, you must be accountable for your sucessess and setbacks. Any routine changes you make should be specific.
If your resolution is to eat healthier, create a shopping list and week-long meal plan every Sunday. If you want to exercise more, schedule specific days and times to work out. Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail. Invest in yourself and your resolution ahead of time, and you will be successful.
Achieving Success in the New Year
Maximized Living wellness doctors are trained in all core aspects of health. From a prepared, forward-thinking mindset to a time-efficient fitness program, our doctors can help you achieve any goal you may have for the New Year.
For more information, contact your nearest Maximized Living wellness doctor today.
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