Women’s health depends on all over fitness and that includes our mental health as well.
It takes brainpower to stick to a diet and exercise plan and we rely on the messages from our brain to tell us when we are hungry and when we are satisfied. It is the power of the mind that helps us to reach our goals. It is that quiet nagging from the brain that keeps us focused and committed to a certain task. The brain is so powerful that it can literally think to shrink.
Keeping the brain healthy means eating right and getting plenty of exercise. Brain cells like all of the other cells in our body rely on amino acids to grow and remain healthy. Food like Salmon and other coldwater fish, contain DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in the gray matter of the brain.
It is also important to stay well hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water, especially during physical activity. The brain is about 80% water and suffers anytime the body becomes dehydrated. Remember to include green tea in your daily beverages, as it has certain relaxation properties that enhance brain function and emotional stability.
Along with a women’s fitness diet, exercise is important for healthy brain activity. Physical activity improves circulation and helps to rid the female body of toxins, both important to healthy brain activity. At least 30 minutes of exercise at least 6 days a week is recommended for every woman no matter what her age, weight or size.
To get the most from your mind, give it something challenging to work towards. The brain loves to focus on something new and will begin to go to work, figuring out the quickest way to bring about a goal. In your women’s fitness program, ignore the urge to do the same workout daily and instead work toward a higher level, more reps, more sets, or adding weights, plyometrics or circuit training. If you can only do a few in the beginning then that is perfectly fine. Just know that any improvement in physical activity does wonders for the brain.
The best way to challenge your mind for fitness success is to set goals with a diet and exercise journal. Write down your goals, and then record everything you eat, drink and all of the activity you do each day. Set long term and short term goals so there is always a time frame to work toward. Read your goals daily and empower your brain to think to shrink.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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