Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Does a healthy body really result in a healthy mind?

I’m not a scientist, I can’t say for sure, but its an ethos that I live by.  It started a couple of careers ago when I worked in a busy customer service environment and much that I hated going to the gym – I always found that a good session on the cross trainer helped to get rid of some of the stress and negative emotions that I was feeling. 

More recently, I found myself in a job that I was bored and demotivated in.  A good walk in the fresh air, even in the rain at lunchtime always made me feel better.  Although the problem didn’t really go away until I left the job, the lunchtime fresh air sessions were part of the catalyst for retraining.

Google the topic and you will find evidence to support this.  Recent studies by the  American Psychological Association (APA), have demonstrated that our mental, emotional, and physical health are closely linked.

Although technically not a value the principle of Healthy Body, Healthy Mind is firmly embedded in my business, particularly amongst my weight management clients, where we frequently have “walk and talk” sessions.

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I believe its important to nip negative feelings in the bud as longer lasting periods of stress can increase the risk of heart-related problems e.g. high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke.

Depression can also be linked to a higher risk of developing high blood pressure,  heart attack.  But equally important is that a lack of excerise can also be the cause for stress and depression kicking in so its important that we manage and are aware of both.

So getting a balance is important, I’m not suggesting that anyone suddenly starts training for a marathon, but my one tip to anyone would be:

If you’re feeling the stresses and strains of your day, stop, take 5 and go for a short stroll.  You really will feel better for it.

 

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Fiona Barnes
    May 17, 2013 @ 17:39:33

    Completely agree. As a cyclist, I find my head clears greatly after a ride, even a quick go round the block.

    Reply

    • Carolyn Trafford
      May 17, 2013 @ 18:00:10

      Yes, for me a stroll or even when I worked in an office – standing under the canopy at the front of the building sheltering from the rain – though I preferred to be moving 🙂

      Reply

  2. chelsea29p.edublogs.org
    May 29, 2013 @ 11:06:52

    For a normal reading systolic below 130, and diastolic below
    85. For some people, just being in a medical setting causes their blood pressure to rise.
    With time, generally if the force of the flow of blood is often elevated, the tissue that comprises the wall surfaces of blood
    vessels gets stretched beyond its healthy limit.

    Reply

  3. Myron
    Jun 08, 2013 @ 14:34:34

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    Reply

  4. Carolyn Trafford
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 21:12:11

    thanks for popping by Myron – and your comments – hope to hear more from you soon

    Reply

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