In the health department, it appears there’s another element we need to add to our daily regimen. Eating nutritiously is on the “must-do” list. Add to that some exercise. Then, of course, there’s getting a good night’s sleep. But, are enough people talking about mindset?
Mind Your Muscles
Evidently, believing you are healthy and physically active may be just as important as being active. A recent study out of Stanford University followed over 60,000 American adults for 21 years. The research was published in the journal Health Psychology and showed an association between life span and healthy thinking.
The study presented interesting data: Those who thought or believed they were less active (but in reality weren’t) were more likely to die sooner. Their mindset had an effect. Even when their physical activity levels were similar to others in their age group, “those who believed they were physically less active were up to 71 percent more likely to die during the follow-up period than those who believed that they were more active.”
Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies
Fortunately, there is a growing trend of studies showing that our mindsets and attitudes affect our long-term health. The connection between the mind and body is undeniable. Optimism is often associated with stress reduction. Positive outlooks can reap beneficial rewards.
GetThrive.com has also recently posted some informative material about the link between mental and physical health and the workplace. Additionally, there are various other articles on the site promoting the importance of taking care of our bodies and minds. If you like what you see, sign up for our newsletter!