How is ‘true happiness’ defined? It is commonly perceived that happiness comes from enjoying both good health and mental wellbeing at the same time. As achieving balance in physical and mental health becomes our top priority, happiness can be derived from there. As a result, many of us strive to adopt a healthy lifestyle in the pursuit of happiness.
Can you remember the wellness craze that was popularized by celebrities in the 2000s? Prior to that, it was a little different from the 1990s, when fitness was emphasized in pursuit of physical health and beauty. Today, the trend has shifted to ‘eat well and live well’. People have started to take interest in ‘wellness’. Wellness is a combination of well-being and fitness, and it is a concept of an evolved lifestyle that pursues happiness through physical and mental health to achieve stability in life.
Those who pursue wellness seek a balance in which both the body and mind are in perfect health. They believe that they can achieve ultimate happiness by doing so, and this lifestyle is a source of energy that can lead to a passionate and creative life.
Fitness: A Pillar of Wellness
A typical person today is likely to exercise infrequently. However, a lack of exercise can cause chronic stress, the root of all diseases. Exercise not only reduces stress and may prevent depression, but also enhances the efficiency and creativity of study and work by improving our mood and cognitive ability. As such, exercise not only benefits us physically, but also mentally.
Perhaps you dread exercising for a variety of reasons, such as feeling sweaty and tired, difficulty in finding time, or because it costs more than you are willing to pay. However, once you know how exercise can improve your life, and that even simple exercises such as stretching or walking can benefit you, there will be no further hesitation.
John Ratey, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard University, who has been studying the effects of exercise on the brain for nearly 30 years, has this to say about exercise:
“Our genes are engraved with the code for exercise. Our brains are designed to command these actions. If we don’t exercise, we’re breaking the biological balance that we’ve been fine-tuning for over 500,000 years.”
There are those who do not follow the brain’s innate commands for the motor instincts engraved in our genes, and there are those who refer to them as “lack of movement.” For those who do not exercise regularly, know that through steady exercise, you are likely to feel happier.
These are some benefits of fitness for happiness & mental wellness:
- Exercise reduces anxiety.
- Exercise improves depression.
- Exercising can positively change your mood.
- Exercise is effective in improving self-esteem.
- Exercise is effective in improving cognitive abilities.
At Sunrider, we advocate an active lifestyle through the ‘SUNFIT321’ program. By consuming Sunrider’s nourishing, cleansing, and balancing products (NBC system) to achieve balance in the body, and also incorporating 30 minutes of exercise a day, you can achieve a desired level of fitness. This in turn plays a huge role in not only maintaining optimal mental wellness, but also may reduce anxiety, which can allow you to be your most confident self.
Keeping fitness is fundamental to maintaining optimal physical and mental health. This has been the basis of the wellness lifestyle that has evolved from the past. With the help of Sunrider, let’s keep up with this new trend of the 21st century and continue to work towards a life of passion and happiness through wellness!