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Ten To Go: mind, body and soul

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I’d like to start by saying thank you to all of our readers for all that you do. It’s no secret that this column (and this magazine) is written through inspiration you provide.

This month’s inspiration comes from my extensive work in the traumatic brain-injury field and understanding the importance of the connection between mind (mental wellness), body (physical wellness) and soul (complete wellness).

Strength is defined as a simple quality or state of being strong. I want to assist you with your mental strength by posing a few questions.

• Which is more important, physical or mental strength?

• Why is mental strength harder to build than physical strength?

• Does the mind truly control the body?

We tend to equate strength to size, yet have respect for the power of the mind, so it’s easy to see why one would be hard pressed to answer these questions without extensive thought. In ancient times, when brute strength was a must, you could make a compelling argument that physical strength was the epitome of masculinity. But then we have to look at the evolution of intellect. Without the innovation of the mind, the toughest tasks would never have been simplified.

I am by no means a certified clinician, but I’ve worked in the health field for many years and it’s safe to say that true mental health requires physical health, and vice versa. Both have their merits and both dictate the progression of the other. Mental toughness, like physical toughness, requires exercise.

I’ve provided countless exercise tips that you can use to get physically fit, and I will continue to deliver them. But the goal of this column is to bring awareness to and highlight the importance of the connection between mind, body and soul. With that said, here are a few tips to increase mental health (and it’s easy to see the physical connection):

• Get outdoors and be active (walking/exercising)

• Take vitamin B12

• Write down your goals and make them attainable

• Listen to slow and calming music

• Meditate daily

Thank you again for your continued support and, as always, I eagerly await your feedback. Stay healthy, live well and be positive.

Demond Johnson

The author, Demond Johnson, is a retired combat veteran who coordinated the U.S. Army’s Weight Control Program. He owns A2 Fitness Professionals. Contact him at demond@a2fitnesspro.com or 734-222-5080.

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