Scott Mikesh

As it is for many of us, turning 40 was an awakening. I remember the days when 40 seemed so far away, and now those days seem like yesterday.

I became acutely aware that life is not slowing down!

I also realized the importance of maintaining my physical, mental and emotional well-being -- something many of us take for granted when we're young -- that is much harder to do when juggling grown-up stresses and responsibilities.

I've experienced and witnessed the struggle to succeed and stay in shape, that often causes us to feel stressed, depressed, and unmotivated -- trying any "quick fix" plan, only to end up back where we started. It can feel like a vicious cycle, which makes it even harder to stay motivated. The sense of failure and discouragement can impact our work, relationships, and self-esteem.

After more than a decade of marketing in the health and wellness industry, leading diversity and inclusion initiatives, and running a nonprofit creative mentor program for underprivileged kids, I realized the most powerful tool for achieving our goals and improving our lives is in our heads -- our mindset. Like any other part of our body, we need to take care of it, nourish it, and exercise it.

But how often do we hear about mental fitness? Physical fitness is all the rage, but even more important is mental fitness.

In 2016, I earned my personal training certification (CPT) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and developed the 4D Fit℠ model. This holistic approach to wellness integrates four essential dimensions of physical, mental and emotional fitness -- moving, eating, learning, and loving.

With the 4D Fit model, you'll stay energized, stay motivated, and understand the barriers and bridges to achieving your goals.