Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 2 by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven

Fitness and Living Jigsaw:  Number 2

What signs of better strength, wellness, and living have you seen since starting Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 1?

Remind yourself:  You deserve to live well and be well.  Making fitness and good nutrition a routine, a habit, and expression of how you respect yourself is essential to developing a desire to get moving and stay moving.

It is imperative to understand the power of health and wellness.  One of the most critical factors in the process of physical, mental, and emotional wellness is you.  Your creativity, choices, workout equipment, awareness of your own abilities, evaluation of health goals, and execution of good habits is essential.  Execution and implementation can be a challenge, although without implementing the proper healthy habits all the reading of exercise articles will not make you physically stronger.  Rather than a specific plan, this article supplies guidelines, inspiration, and ideas to spark your interest.

Often I am asked about my routine for healthy living and how I maintain good fitness, especially when I am regularly baking, cooking, and always on the hunt for excellent restaurants.  No big secrets here.  I eat well, get a good amount of sleep, rest, and give my body and mind a good workout.  If anyone knows a thing or two about fitness and nutrition, it’s me.  And if I can do it, you can too.  A background of teaching health and physical education, as well as a lifelong interest in nutrition, has been essential to maintaing an excellent level of fitness, energy, and strength for me.  

Models, actors, athletes.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on health and wellness for the mind, body, and soul.  We all approach fitness at various levels, perspectives, and habits based upon previous experiences and family environment.  Take a moment to reflect upon good values, the ideas you hold close, that will be the center of what gets you physically fit.  Structure your day, fight for the time to eat well and get physically fit.  Work toward betterment, not perfection.  Be prepared to respond in life.  That means being ready to plan out options and alternatives to preserve your health and wellness.  We all know life is a continual journey, full of difficulties and blessings.  Put on some good music, turn up the volume, and get liberated from those unhealthy habits.  

Working out is not enough for our bodies.  Diet, what you eat, what you buy at the store and bring home to your kitchen, is highly significant to strong abs and obliques.  Purchase and prepare foods that satiate your appetite.  Eat seasonally and enjoy the monthly flavors.  Your fitness routine also needs variety.  Mix up your activities.  Sleep is also key.  The body, mind, and soul need rest and revitalizing.  Sometimes preparing yourself is the key.  Remind yourself in verbal or written form to work out the next day or after work.  Repeat that reminder each night before you go to bed.  This mantra may be the key to applying the health and wellness information you know to do. 

Eat.  Enjoy.  Satiate.  Satisfy.  Get nutrients.  Deal with emotions.  Make something beautiful to make your belly happy.  Breathe.  Those daily habits make a difference.  In my book, candy, cakes, cookies, and desserts are not the devil.  Too many sweets and too often is not good.  Not to worry though.  Take a breath.  If you get off the path of healthy living, I’m confident you can do better next time.  As David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD stated, “Overeating doesn't make us fat.  The process of becoming fat makes us overeat.  In other words, hunger and overeating are the consequences of an underlying problem.  Follow a simple lifestyle prescription focused on enjoyable physical activities, sleep, and stress relief to improve metabolism and support permanent behavior change.”

Jigsaw Number 2:  Balance and Coordination Options


Dance Club

As part of building better balance and coordination incorporate or change up your routine with yoga or hit the dance floor.  Begin with either activity and then work up to doing more of that exercise.  You may find various kinds of yoga or dance makes working out more interesting for you and you may see better results.  

Sophie Herbert Slater is a yoga teacher whose articles I regularly read.  As a yoga teacher and editor-in-chief of Arogya, I have learned from her columns to drink water and be mindful of hydration before and after yoga lessons.  “Sophie Herbert Slater is a certified life coach and alignment focused yoga teacher who is committed to helping her clients develop greater self-trust, overcome obstacles, and build more meaningful lives”.  The body needs proper care inside and out.  Sophie’s website is

Show off your moves.  Join the crowd on the dance floor at your local club, bar, or dance studio.  If that is too intimidating at first, warm up in front of the mirror at home.  Crank up the tunes and move those feet to the rhythm.  Life is too short to stay home though.  Get on a dance floor, burn those calories, get that heart rate up, laugh, and have a brilliant time.  Reminders:  Bring your identification.  Find out the dress code.  Go with a friend or two.  Don’t let your cell phone monopolize your attention.  Stay off the walls, stairs, and walkways-- that’s a good way to get bumped and trampled.  Be kind to the bartender-- tip 20% (unless tipping is not culturally acceptable).  Drink-Water-Drink-- Stick with lower calorie cocktails and keep the water flowing.  You are there to get moving, not fall down.  Lastly, remember to take breaks and keep dry by patting off any sweat.  

Join with your family and friends today.  Find a locale to work out that gets you inspired.  Then return here and share your progress, tips, and what you learned.  Please remember all information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.

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