Benefits of Reflective Journaling
We’ve shared ideas on the topic of journaling many times over the years here on our blog. Using a journal can be so beneficial for your health and fitness practice. Here is one of our blog post ideas that you might find helpful - https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/why-you-must-start-a-morning-routine-for-your-best-life
Reflection journaling can be beneficial for one's health and fitness in several ways.
Here are a few examples:
Setting and achieving goals: Reflecting on one's fitness goals and progress through journaling can help individuals stay motivated and on track. By regularly writing down their progress and feelings, they may be better able to identify what is working for them and what is not, which can inform adjustments to their fitness plan. We wrote about goals here
Mind-body connection: Reflecting on the connection between one's mental and physical well-being can help individuals develop a more holistic approach to health and fitness. By writing about how their thoughts and emotions affect their physical well-being and vice versa, individuals can gain a better understanding of how their minds and body interact. Here is a blog post for you that might be helpful - https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/how-to-connect-mind-body-and-soul-with-better-habits
Identifying patterns: Keeping a reflection journal can help identify patterns with exercise and nutrition habits. By reflecting on behaviors and the results, you may be able to identify what habits are helping and hindering progress, which can inform adjustments to the fitness plan.
Stress management: Exercise and fitness can be effective ways to manage stress, and reflective journaling can help individuals reflect on the benefits of exercise on their mental well-being. Regularly writing about how they feel before and after exercising can help them understand how their body and mind respond to physical activity. Check out our resources for Stress Management
Mental preparation: Reflecting on how one feels before a workout, the thoughts and emotions can help an individual prepare mentally for the activity. They can write down a plan and strategies to overcome any potential barriers they may encounter during a workout. https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/use-your-mind-to-develop-your-mental-toughness
It is important to note that as with any other journaling, consistency is key. Regularly writing and reflecting can be beneficial for the overall result of gaining insight into oneself, one's thoughts, emotions and overall health and fitness.
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We have found that an intentional walking practice has helped us with our daily thinking practice as well. What we know for sure is that walking outdoors will help improve how you feel, and your brain power and definitely help reduce stress. Walking in the morning is best and not only does it feel good, but it helps with your sleep at night and that helps with your brain power.
“Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility,” she says, especially when you're going for a stroll through some greenery or soaking in a bit of sunlight. This can be particularly helpful during the colder months when seasonal depression spikes. (source: Here- https://www.geelongmedicalgroup.com.au/2018/11/7-incredible-health-benefits-of-walking-30-minutes-a-day )
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