What is mental fitness?

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

The focus on mental fitness is gaining traction, largely due to increasing costs and rates of heart disease, obesity, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, and suicide—connected to stress and stigma that impact outcomes and prevent proper care.

Fitness begins with how we think

We often KNOW the action we need to take to succeed and stay well—eat better, work out, relax, learn, save, plan, practice, create, focus, move on, seek support…

It’s how we THINK about it that often determines our success or failure, that influences the choices we make and the actions we take (or don’t).

Health vs. Fitness

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


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

Fitness is defined as the ability to survive and thrive.


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 outside or at a fitness facility—and may include a fitness assessment, exercise instruction, nutritional guidelines, and social support to achieve specific goals.

Fitness supports health—and success!

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

The 4D Fit Mental Fitness Model

The 4D Fit Mental Fitness Model℠ offers an accessible approach to mental fitness, to broaden our definition and approach to fitness.

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