Spiritual Fitness: What You Need to Know

Spiritual Fitness: What You Need to Know

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When we hear the word “fitness” we often think of strong or lean bodies. We tend to equate that kind of fitness with health and beauty automatically and exclusively. In reality, physical fitness is only part of the story.


Your spirituality also needs to be fit. It can help to think of your mind and your soul as muscles that you also need to exercise. The more you exercise, the stronger you become, the more centered you are, and the better prepared you are to handle life’s challenges. It allows you to get clear with your goals, your priorities and your commitment to yourself.


How does one become spiritually fit? Here are some options for your spiritual workout:


Meditation: The scientific benefits of meditation have been widely documented – from reducing the risk of heart disease to speeding up how your brain processes information. It can feel daunting to start but with only a few minutes of stillness where you focus on your breath or a mantra – you can start to develop a practice that becomes second nature to you.


Nature Walks: Something as simple as a walk in the park, taking a stroll down to the beach for a beautiful sunset or an early morning hike can make a world of difference for your spirituality. When you engage with nature in a mindful way you feel the connectedness between you and everything around you more deeply. This is a revitalizing experience that feeds your soul and keeps you centered.


Journaling: Making an actual daily practice of journaling can be quite powerful to strengthen your spirituality. When you commit to sitting down everyday, writing freely, without editing yourself – you’ll find that you’ll start to know yourself more deeply. Your thoughts and realizations will gradually become more insightful. By putting the thoughts down on paper, you also commit and reassure yourself in your Spiritual Fitness process.


Mindfulness: Living mindfully is something we all aspire to do. At Skinny Strong, we have yet to meet a person who never has a critical thought, loses their temper or temporarily loses sight of their priorities. Start small: choose a daily activity like doing the dishes, tackling your inbox or going for an afternoon stroll — focusing on one singular activity at a time can train your mind to live in the present; unburdened by anxiety and regret.


Whatever you choose to do, you need to commit. But please be patient with yourself. You won’t have J-Lo’s abs on the second day of sit-ups and you can’t become the Dalai Lama after a week of meditating. It’s a lifelong exploration that you’re meant to enjoy, so find the mix that works for you so you can be (fully) Skinny Strong!




Recommended Skinny Strong Action Steps:

  1. “Skinny” squeezing in the extra 15 minutes of sleep
  2. “Strong” morning quiet time and gratitude journaling


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I’m so happy to welcome you to our community. I founded Skinny Strong to inspire and empower individuals to thrive in their health and beauty. Skinny Strong is inspired by my own health challenges, and the discoveries I’ve made along the way that have given me the freedom to let go of confusion and guilt, take action and start living!

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