Here’s a list of all the physical health-related posts in this series:
- Water – The Elixir of Life
- Dietary Supplements – The Absolute Essential
- Vajra-Asana – The Magic Posture
- Fiber and Protein – The Power-packed Breakfast
- Healthy Sleep – The Non-negotiable Need
- Workout – The Inescapable
If you start practicing everything we’ve discussed so far (the list above), that’s a significant achievement in maintaining good health. In fact, the next time you see our beloved Swami, you can proudly declare – I’ve achieved the Physical goal of your Four Kinds of Maturity post!
A Few Important Topics
- Meal Planning: They say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. That applies to our diet as well. Having a premeditated plan for your meals and snacks will help you understand the nutrition in your food. That’ll ensure you of a healthy and balanced diet. Further, it’ll increase your chances of making a healthier choice when hungry, and it’ll also encourage you to control your portion sizes.
- Chewing Your Food: Swami has spoken many times about this, but I’ll revisit it here. In addition to improving digestion and aiding in the absorption of nutrients, chewing your food well signals your mind that you’re eating well. So, this has positive impacts on controlling and maintaining your weight.
- Binging Alternatives: I was planning to discuss this topic here. But I replied to a question about this, asked by our lovely Suchali Lotlikar. You can find my answer here: Ways to Control Binging.
The Power of Thoughts
Research confirms that your thoughts impact your well-being and overall health. The law of attraction is real, and worrying about your health brings more damage to you. Therefore, nurturing kind thoughts about yourself and your fitness journey is essential.
Being optimistic about troublesome health isn’t easy, but if you manage to do it, you may achieve things you never imagined. So, please appreciate yourself for every tiny fitness goal you achieve.
What we’ve discussed so far covers the general fitness goals. In my view, this is something all of us must follow. Ideally, kids must be taught these habits at a very early age. Besides these, some people may have specific fitness goals. I’ll touch upon a few such fitness goals below:
1. Weight Loss
Whenever people talk of physical fitness, most people think of weight loss. In reality, weight loss is just one small aspect of fitness. If you follow everything covered so far, you’ll naturally be able to maintain or even lose some weight.
If your weight still stays stubborn, you can lower your diet a bit. However, please remember that all of us need a minimum of 1,200 calories daily to stay healthy. If you’ve tried everything and still can’t lose weight, it may not be a bad idea to consult with a dietician.
2. Medical Conditions
Dealing with diseases and chronic conditions can be challenging. From personal experience, blending Ayurveda, home remedies, and modern medicine can make a drastic difference to your well-being.
In my view, Ayurveda and home remedies are perfect for preventive or long-term care. On the other hand, contemporary treatments mostly do well in delivering quick solutions to problems. So, if you’re struggling with some medical condition, please make a healthy investment in yourself by approaching proper specialists.
3. Professional Fitness
Another misconception about physical health comes from following celebrities whose job requires them to be uber-fit. Athletes, fashion models, bodybuilders, and fitness trainers fall into this category.
Unless you’re in one of these businesses or professions, you don’t need those fabulous abs or super sculpted bodies. Therefore, please don’t judge your looks based on those professionals.
4. The Hobbyist
At times, you may need special diets and fitness routines if you pursue some hobbies – like sports, martial arts, or dance. In that case, please make sure to get some expert advice. If you abuse your body without the proper maintenance, you risk the possibility of your body coming to a crashing halt someday.
5. Fitness Freaks
I’ve come across many people whose faces light up when we talk about physical health. I feel they are the perfect fit to write these fitness posts (as against me!). If any fitness freaks are reading this, I encourage you to write more about physical health. Promoting physical fitness will be an excellent service to the world for sure.
With that ends my week-long physical fitness boot camp. Writing about my fitness plan helped me a great deal. I hope you benefitted from it in some way.
I wish you all the very best in your physical fitness journey!