What is mental fitness?

Mental fitness—in terms of optimizing performance and well-being—is a relatively new concept in the wellness arena.

We often know what we need to DO to succeed and stay well—study, save, eat better, work out, relax, plan, practice, create, focus, get out of an unhealthy situation…

It’s how we THINK that often determines our success or failure, that influences the choices we make and the actions we take (or don’t)—that includes awareness of barriers, seeking the support we need, and believing we deserve it.

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Health vs. Fitness

The relationship between mental health and mental fitness is akin to the relationship between physical health and physical fitness.

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Health is defined as the state of being free from illness or injury.

Fitness is defined as the ability to survive and thrive.

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Overcoming the clinical stigma

While health care services and fitness programs are related, they are different.

4D Fit is a fitness program, not a health care service.

So what’s the difference?

While physical and mental health services are provided by a licensed medical doctor or clinician in a hospital or clinical setting, and may include screenings, diagnoses, and treatment of an illness, injury, or other health condition…

Physical and mental fitness programs are guided by a fitness instructor, coach, or trainer—often at a remote site, outdoors, or at a fitness facility—and may include exercise instruction, nutritional guidelines, and social support to achieve specific goals.

Fitness supports health—and success!

Like physical fitness, mental fitness focuses on improving resilience, strength, and endurance to help prevent illness or injury, and achieve optimum performance.

Your mind matters

The simple fact is that many barriers to achieving goals are psychological—including perception of self, others, time, ability, and motivation.

Mental fitness is an essential part of overall wellness and achievement that depend on constructive thoughts, feelings, and actions.

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