Everyone realizes the importance of fitness in developing mental, physical and emotional well-being which includes a clear and concise mindset of intention, a balance of activity and nutritional intake as well as an awareness of feeling driving actions for performance.
Given individuals’ complexities and the many ways that they interpret experiences, it is very important to make distinctions between the benefits of the three pillars of health:
- Mindset of intention
- Activity and nutritional intake
- Awareness of feeling
Because activity and nutritional intake plays such an important part it will be explored for its benefits.
Protect Your Fitness
Smith, et al (1999), stated that the aging population often show a deficient in nutritional intake and with it a decline in cognitive functioning. They sighted three studies from (Tolone et al., 1987; Clausen et at., 1989; Sram et.al.,1989) that supplementation of vitamins at high doses showed performance improvement on psychological tests.
As the population is beginning to age and with it comes mental deficiency and depressing signs which in many cases leads to emotional and social isolation resulting in a decline in the quality of life, Alves, et al., (2013). New strategies are exploring the effects of supplementation and strength training on emotional and cognitive well-being.
Understand What You Take In
The effects of a lack of physical activity in the United States, which has been documented regularly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show a continued decline in effort.
Mental deficiency and depressing signs as noted by Alver, et al, can over time because a state of mind and may be reinforced by an emotional link of internal conflict, doubt, self-dislike, fear, frustrations, and in too many cases a feeling of helplessness. To reduce or eliminate these internal conflicts, the nature of the conflicts must be understood. When there is a deficient in nutritional intake and with it a decline in cognitive functioning in an aging population is a question of lack of information or a conflict of effort within individuals?
For example, preparation is required to effectively function during actions. Taking nutritional supplements is an action that may help physical, mental and emotional states. For instance, Alves, et al, (2013) explored the benefits of creatine supplements with or without strength training upon emotional and cognitive measures in older women.
The results of their study showed that in 24-week both training groups (while ingesting creatine supplements and placebos) had significant reductions on the Geriatric Depression Scale when compared with non-training group and the non-trained creatine group. However, no training group even with creatine cognitive performance was altered.
Rucklidge, Harrison and Johnstone (2011), sort to understand the effects of micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) on cognitive functioning. Although their study generalization was limited, it reflected the growing interest in understanding how mind, body emotional relationship may be affected for what will be eaten or not.
This was also clear in a review by Janet Bryan who explored the role of nutrition in cognitive ageing. Bryan (2004), reviewed the mechanisms and empirical evidence in the changing one’s lifestyle may play a role in optimizing cognitive performance.
Know Where You Get Your Benefits
If we are to be successful at changing our nutrition habits and uncovering the meaning and purpose of this lifestyle change. Awareness cannot be overstated, including thoughts, feelings, emotions, beliefs, perceptions and attitudes about daily activities and how our performance is affected. It is the awareness of starting and maintaining and being attentive of how these states of consciousness are affecting our willingness for actions. So that a reinforcement of understanding takes hold of a new behavioral strategy, the possibilities of nutrition and supplements put forth for mental, physical or emotional improved performance must be the goal.
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Bryan, J., (2004), Mechanisms and Evidence for The Role of Nutrition in Cognitive Ageing, Ageing International, vol.29, no.1, pp. 28-45.
Alves, C., R., R., et al., (2013) Creatine Supplementation Associated or Not with Strength Training upon Emotional and Cognitive Measures in Older Women: A Randomized Double-Blind Study, PLOS ONE, vol. 8, Issue 10, pp. 1-10.
Rucklidge, J., J., Harrison, R., Johnstone, J., (2011), Can Micronutrients Improve Neurocognitive Functioning in Adults with ADHD and Severe Mood Dysregulation? A Pilot Study, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 17 no. 12 pp. 1125-1131.
Smith, A., et al. (1999), Anti-Oxidant Vitamins and Mental Performance of the Elderly, Human Psychopharmacology, vol. 14 pp. 459-471.