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In today’s world, it seems like being fit is about a hard toned body with a flat tummy and few visible imperfections.  Does “fit” by this definition promote a healthy mind? How is being fit achieved and how does it relate to your overall health? For some, it means going to see a doctor who will cut, laser, and extract “imperfections”. For others it means attending countless fitness classes geared towards body punishment and endless protein supplements.  Being fit is a way to view our body size, shape and ability and determine if it can handle the pressure of a good workout. Being healthy is a way to view our entire being from what we think and eat to how we exercise our body and mind.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery there were more than 11 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in 2013 which was a 12 percent increase for cosmetic procedures overall.  Although technology is advancing to make the non-surgical procedures more accessible and affordable, are they the best option to become “healthy” in our day to day lives? For some maybe, but many people are being led by media to believe that being fit is about having the perfect body at whatever cost, and we are buying it.


The fitness market is saturated with so many options to get your work out in. For some, the more intense classes like H.I.I.T. (high intensity interval training); Boot Camp, Body Combat or R.I.P.P.E.D. (resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics and endurance) are the path, because shouldn’t you to punish yourself into sweating and working off those extra calories? For others, it is the road to finding the best Yoga class to stretch the mind and the body, or a Pilates class to build stamina and core strength while learning to trust your body through intense movements. Another popular way to get fit is with dance fitness classes like ZUMBA®, or Jazzercise and many are drawn to the “come to class and shake it” format. Of course let’s keep in mind classes like Tai Chi and Qigong that promote healing with intentional movement and focus. What about those who like a little of everything, strengthening, intense, body-mind connected, ancient and modern?



While formats like Yoga and Pilates help to clear the mind and connect us to our inner being, sometimes we want more of a combination of the physical, mental, and emotional workout. Fusion classes are a great way to combine some of the hard core sweat and strengthening with the connection to body and mind. They are effective for muscle toning and strengthening, raising the heart rate, supporting balance in the body and a connection to the mind with intentional movement. A class that offers a balance of Yoga and Pilates can be a great way to get creative with creating the body-mind connection and getting into our bodies through lengthening and core strength. An up and coming format that contains all of the elements of body, mind and spirit Holistic fitness is Bellyfit®, and sorry guys this format is for women only. Bellyfit® is a Holistic format that blends the power and wisdom of ancient movement with a refreshing modern approach of today’s fitness world, offering you more than just a body workout. Bellyfit® brings the elements of dance, core, Yoga, Pilates, meditation and more. Restorative Yoga and stretch classes are another great way refill the body with energy and nourishment.



Remember that good health is not about fitness only, movement is equally as important as what we feed our bodies throughout the day to maintain energy and stamina. If you go long periods of time living off of fast food we train our bodies to struggle to accomplish activities during the day. Even excessive meal replacement with protein supplements can be dangerous depending on the ingredients. Health and wellness is also brought to our being through alternative or Holistic approaches to caring for our bodies with services like massage, acupuncture, organic skin care and energetic balancing of the body, mind, spirit. The industries that influence the way we view ourselves and our bodies continue to lead us down a path of believing we are too flawed or simply not enough, fail to realize that that is a shift happening toward being real; genuinely happy with who we are, what we are, and how we look. Why are we changing? It is because we are not only exercising our bodies into health but also our minds.


If you are looking to add to your current regiment, visit Natural Body Works Massage and Wellness Center in Vancouver, WA. The fitness instructors here are knowledgeable about what they do and how to work with your body and there is a class time to meet everyone’s life schedule. For more information and a schedule

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