8 Principles of “Positive Fitness”

8 Principles of “Positive Fitness”

1. Healthy Nutrition. No training or exercise program is effective unless complemented by proper nutrition. You can’t train or recover well when you deprive your body and muscles of the right nutrients. What you put in your body is what you will get out of your body.

2. Proper Hydration. Make sure you are drinking enough water every day. This is essential for optimal health.

3. Endurance and vitality. Conditioning is about having the energy, endurance, and vitality to perform the activities you love in a healthy, pain-free way. Good health is about how you feel. We’ve been educated on how we look, but feeling better, that’s the key.

4. Promote anti-inflammatory responses in the body. Anything that reduces inflammation in our bodies, including hydration and nutrition, maximize its pliability and accelerates recovery. Try to avoid self inflammation whether it’s in your mind, body, spirit.

5. Daily Stretching & Pliability. Everything begins with pliability, the daily lengthening and softening of muscles before and after physical activity. Without pliable muscles you can’t achieve long-term health. Every athlete needs to find a balance between strength, conditioning, and pliability. The balance will change based on what your age, sports, needs, and goals are.

6. Brain Exercises. Neuroplasticity is all about generating and regenerating neural connections, which happens only when we train our brains the same way we do our muscles.

7. Brain Rest, Recentering, and Recovery. The body and the brain need re-centering, rest, and recovery via sleep, meditation (or other balancing techniques that encourage the right mind set).

8. Positive Communities are groups that inspire in ways that promote a sense of self-discovery and group connection, encouraging members to express their beliefs and values, as well as build relationships with others.

Chris Walker