Friday, December 24, 2010

Be Happy – Keep Yourself Physically and Mentally Fit (Part 7).

It is good that you make all the best efforts to keep yourself physically and mentally fit. But still, giving your body the nutrients that it needs to make it through the day is essential to your well being. If you think that you can do this through the foods that you eat, you are probably still missing out.

Today’s foods often do not contain enough of the nutrients that your body needs to be in your best physical shape. While a diet that’s full of nutrient rich food should not be replaced, it sometimes needs additional supplementation to take it to the best level it can be at. But, what do you take? First off, find a good quality multivitamin and take that as directed. Multivitamins are a good starting point because they provide a decent dose of supplements that just about everyone needs. Multivitamins give you what your food doesn’t and they are affordable solutions to your needs.

In addition to this, find out what type of supplements you can take for your individual needs and problems. For example, if you have a need to lose weight, look for supplements that can offer weight loss benefits.

If you have heart problems, problems with gaining weight or other conditions, you can probably find a supplement or several that can address those problems for you. How do you know how much to take? That’s a trickier question. There are two routes to take. First off, realize that doctors don’t always use supplementation in their practices and they may not be educated in prescribing this type of help to you.

First, start by finding a health food store or a vitamin supplier. Quality is very important if you want to see benefits from supplementation. Therefore, make sure that you have a reliable source. These individuals can also help provide you with the information you need regarding improving your conditions.

Another source for information is the web. Finding a reputable website like that offers help for supplementation will help you to increase your overall well being through tackling individualized problems. Again, quality is essential to success here. If you don’t assume that any information that you find is reliable. Get another opinion!

Supplements can help to improve your body’s function because you are giving your body exactly what it needs to do the work right. It’s like always giving your car premium gas and oil to do its job even better!

Financial Concerns

Getting your finances in order doesn’t seem like it would be a lifestyle change for fitness benefits, but it really can be. Just think of the role that money plays in your everyday life. You worry about money and end up facing financial hardships that move into your work life, your home life, your marriage, and even your physical health. Financial fitness isn’t something that we’ll stress for too long here, but it is something to make part of your overall guide to living a long, healthy lifestyle.

As you know, stress causes a wide range of health concerns for your body.

Money is one of the largest causes of stress in people every single day.

  • Therefore, when you want to improve your health you need to take into account the fitness of your overall financial life. In the perfect world you should have plenty of money to do what you want to do. But, that’s not always possible. So, to help you, we’ve put together some things that can offer you success when managing your financial outlook even when you are struggling to make ends meet.
  • Live within your means. While it’s nice to have what everyone else has, its not going to make your life better to have them. For example, if your neighbors just purchased a new car, you may feel like you need to have one too. But, will having a new car really improve your life? Then it may not be worth the financial risk and cost to own one.
  • Don’t use credit. Credit today is used for everything from buying a house or car to buying lunch at McDonald’s. While you may need to use credit for the larger, more expensive purchases, keep as many of your other purchases credit free. This may be hard, but if you stop using credit today and start using cash, you may find yourself with more cash to spend then credit!
  • Make a budget with your entire family. It goes without saying that you can’t spend what you have if you don’t know what you have. Each month make a goal of tackling one extra bill to pay it down as much as possible. Give yourself some money to use as you want for entertainment each month too, so that you don’t feel deprived. You are more likely to stick with your budget this way. Include each family member in the making and keeping of the budget!
  • Don’t eat out. This isn’t good for your waistline anyway! You can save thousands of dollars each year by eating at home! You’ll cut the pounds off, eat better quality foods and better recipes!
  • Getting your finances in check may mean talking with various people including your lenders and financial planners. But, if you didn’t have to pay all of those credit cards each month, how much money would you have in cash to spend? Get to that point and you’ll have immeasurable success throughout all areas of your life, too.

Meditation And Yoga

Some don’t believe meditation can offer them benefits but there is one thing that meditation and yoga can definitely provide to you: the ability to relax.

Yoga is a great tool for both exercise and relaxation. Both meditation and yoga have been shown to provide improvements for those that are in need of stress relief. And, when you learn how to do them effectively, it takes minutes a day to wash away your stresses.

So, how does this fit into your lifestyle fitness plan? It’s simple. You need to spend ten minutes each day, usually before breakfast, quietly meditating or doing yoga. Ten minutes per day is all that it takes to see significant improvement in your overall well being.

When you take into account all the things that you are doing in the morning you may not think you have time. But, again, invest the time for a couple of weeks and you are sure to see the improvements quickly and they will not be such a demanding time taker.

You can learn how to do either meditation or yoga (or both if you like) easily. Some people are familiar with it enough that they can learn how to do is through at home study. It’s often a better solution, though to learn with others through a professional.

Get together with a friend and take a class at your local recreation center or your community college. You’ll find that once you learn the technique you can do the process on your own, easily.


How does reward play a role in the life that you live? How do rewards actually help you to improve your lifestyle fitness? It may seem strange to include them here, but the basis is very simple: rewards help to keep you going and they make life worth living. It’s that simple.

In each of the various things that we’ve talked about in this book, there are countless different sacrifices that you’ll have to make. Some small, some large, but each one needs to be met in order to give you an overall well being and healthy lifestyle.

It’s hard to give all of that up, that’s for sure. But, one thing you need to keep in mind is that the struggle isn’t for nothing. You will find rewards at the end of the struggle when you have improved your life and removed the toxins and troubles from it.

Yet, from point A to point B is a long road. To help you through it, dedicate some time to rewarding yourself along the way. For example, if you are working on your physical fitness, give yourself the reward of a day at the spa, a night out on the town or even buy yourself something when you obtain your goal or one of the goals along the way.

While you are dieting, you can reward yourself too, in the same way. Its important not to overdo it with rewards of food that are unhealthy, though. But, you can definitely give yourself a bit of your favorite dessert if you’ve eaten well all week!

When you obtain your goals or the stepping stones to your goals, give yourself a bit of a reward. It makes life a bit sweeter and makes the hard work that you’ve been doing much more successful and worthwhile. Those that reward themselves stick with the program longer and eventually do better in the long run, too!

Be Happy – Keep Yourself Physically and Mentally Fit.

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