The Mind Body Connection
Mind VS Body – The Fitness Connection Explained
Why do people discount the mind when they’re concerned about the body? The human brain and body are not mutually exclusive you know. It has never been about the mind VS the body. In fact, it has and always will be mind AND body or mind WITH the body.
While we, as humans, do not have complete control of our mind – there are functions that take place completely involuntarily, such as the heart continually beating even while we’re asleep – we can control our mind to a great extent and accomplish things we never even realized we were capable of.
If you wish to, you can establish a very harmonious and beneficial mind and body connection, one that will facilitate both the mental and physical goals you strive towards.
Discover these amazing mind-body facts and prepare to be completely astounded:
The Body is a Reflection of Our Mind
Our physical health and our body generally, is actually the greatest indicator of our state of mind. Everything from our skin and hair, to the general size and level of fitness, all speak loudly about our mental status. The way we think of and perceive our self is directly visible in the appearance of our body. If you have low self-esteem and confidence issues, you will not only think you appear unattractive, you actually will become unattractive, because it will be reflected in your body posture.
The Brain is Flexible
According to neuroscientists, the brain is flexible, much like plastic. The concept of neuro-plasticity dictates that there is literally nothing that is set in stone when it comes to our mind. Yes, the neural pathways solidify over the years as we continually use them, but we can completely break them and form new ones if we really want to. So whoever tells you that habits cannot be broken because they’re 40 and have lived for so long doing the same thing over and over again, you can directly tell them that they’re wrong.
The Body Reacts to Our Thoughts
The reason why we said that the body is a reflection of our mind is because automatically and unconsciously, the body mirrors the thoughts our mind conjures up. If you’re stressed out, your body will automatically tense your shoulders, have stress-induced headaches, cause insomnia or even generalized restlessness.
We Can Physically Make Ourselves Sick
As we explained, the body automatically reacts to the thoughts that we think. Essentially, we don’t have control over the body’s reactions, especially if our thoughts are very negatively inclined. Numerous studies have shown that people have successfully battled their way through the most serious of illnesses just based on their sheer will-power and mental positivity. There are endless others who actually end up making themselves physically sick with diseases such as various cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, hypertension, and more. In fact, there are actual instances where people make themselves physically sick when they suffer from emotional stresses such as a heart break.