Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fifth Fitness Component

Often one hears about the four components of fitness (balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance). One can find a great deal about these but there is a fifth essential component often overlooked. I call this mindfulness and think of it as the central point that all others circle around. Mindfulness is the awerness and intention behind physical actions. When involved in an action or exercise mindfulness is what we use to isolate a muscle group, involve the whole body or further align ourselves to reach full potential. This connects all the components together as well as linking physical exercise with the mind aspects of our being.