pirit: The non-physical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character, the soul.
Mind: The element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences to think and feel the faculty of consciousness and thought.
Body: The physical structure of a person.
Why define what spirit, mind and body mean? They are three pillars of health. Being healthy means more than simply being physically active and eating well. It also has to do with maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body.
It’s never too late to get healthy and anyone, young or old can successfully turn their lifestyle around. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be overly complicated to achieve. It can be done by walking outside and breathing in fresh air, soaking up some sun rays, meeting up with friends for an activity or brunch or joining a group that challenges you.
What about other interests? Do you belong to a knitting club, a bridge club or a group exercise class. The goal is to be as active and social as possible. To slow down the physical and mental decline that comes with age, simple exercise isn’t enough and a lifestyle makeover may also be necessary. Do something out of your regular daily routine that challenges and interests you.
Don’t let chronic conditions limit your plan to live. Visualize what it is you want to achieve and prepare a plan with potential ways you might have to adapt or modify in order to follow through. Identify supporters on your journey that are strong enough to counterbalance any obstacles you may face or that may hinder you from pushing through. And of course, you will want to consult your physician in advance about any new activities.
Living longer can also mean living better. Maintaining a balance of spirit, mind and body health as you age can lead to increased vitality, social function, mental health and satisfaction. You may also notice a decrease in symptoms of depression and bodily aches and pains.
In short, our spirit is searching for healing, our minds are thriving to be stimulated and our bodies are waiting to move. Don’t let these years pass by without enjoying them to the best of your ability because you deserve to live long and prosper.
Desiree Pearce is the health and well-being program director at the Sheridan County YMCA.