Nicki Anderson

Setting Your Mind On Fit

By Nicki On January 21, 2009 Under Diets, Exercise Barriers, Motivation, New Years Resolutions, Nutrition, President Obama

This week has been an exciting one. A new President takes the reigns and with that comes the responsibility that no average person would want to take on. However, anticipation and a positive mindset sets the course for all things possible. As President Obama said throughout his campaign, “Yes we can,” we can only hope that he will be guided to the right decisions for our country and the world. Whether or not you’re an Obama fan, the fact remains he is our President and I look forward to seeing our country come together and rise above the challenges, I think it’s possible.

In a country of the free, I’m honored and privileged to be able to write what I want, work how I want, be a woman that owns a business, has a family and can speak my mind all without the fear of senseless retribution. I look forward to a great year, come what may. Believing that anything is possible and actually making it happen is a powerful experience for sure.

Many forget that part and parcel of good health includes a mental component as well as a physical component. In fact , for many people, if their mental state if strong and healthy, that can affect their body very positively. Conversely, if one’s mental state is unhealthy and there’s a lot of negative input, that can have a profoundly negative impact on the body despite one’s best efforts.

Over the years, when meeting with clients they can be so focused on simply the exercise and nutrition component, they forget about the value of keeping the mind healthy. Granted, exercise is a positive contributor to a healthy mind, but if the exercise is the only source of positive mental input, it won’t be enough. It’s like exercising without paying attention to nutrition. So, after exercise, one needs to feed the mind positive thoughts just as one needs to feed the body positive nutrition.

You have seen people that look much younger than their years and people will chalk it up to good genes or the fact they exercise, but it also has much to do with their happiness quotient and good eating.

Our new President is a pretty active individual and presents a positive attitude and a silent confidence that for some isn’t easy to do. I believe that the positive input from his family growing up, along with seeking out positive options in his life, including his wife, has contributed to his overall health, (seems he’s doing well with quitting smoking) and life success. I believe he can be a positive role model for adults as well as children.

For years I have told clients that healthy living is a package deal, healthy body, healthy mind, you can’t have one without the other. So find sources to motivate you mentally just as much as you seek out sources to motivate you physically. I’m a proponent of daily quotes, things that can feed your mind positively. I continue to be amazed at the people that talk about themselves so negatively, it doesn’t serve health well.

I understand that you can’t be walking around with Mr. Bluebird on your shoulder every day, but you certainly can find ways to enhance the quality of your life by seeking out options for a healthy body and a healthy mind, they’re out there, you just need to find what works for you!