A Healthy Body Starts With a Healthy Mind – 10 Things Successful People Do Everyday

Health is more than just physical fitness. It’s feeling good from the inside out, which starts with a healthy mind! See what the happiest most successfully healthy people do each day, in my opinion 🙂

Many resources today focus on health as a product of diet and exercise, or, physical fitness and proper nutrition. However, a sense of holistic health is way more than these two components! Many of you have heard that a healthy body begins with a healthy mind, and that in fact is true. Mental health is just as important, if not more so, than fitness and nutrition, for external forces such as stress has the same effect on the body as does improper nutrition and inactivity. Successfully healthy people focus on holistic health, and begin with the right state of mind. Check below on my opinion of the 10 things that set these people apart from the crowd!

  1. They DECIDE to be happy and healthy. – There is no more powerful influence than that of autosuggestion. If you decide to be happy, positive thoughts will follow, as well as positive actions! Decide to think negative thoughts, and the opposite holds true as well. You’ll be surprised how much one positive thought can influence your entire day!
  2. They focus ONLY on what is important that they can control. – Many people get bogged down and overwhelmed with decisions and choices that aren’t even theirs in the first place. Selectively focus your thoughts on the things you can fully control, like your happiness and health, your body will thank you for it!
  3. They have a POSITIVE attitude and outlook on life. – Healthy people see the good in everything. They make positive learning experiences from negative failures and not let it effect their mental or physical wellness. And, positive attitudes are contagious! So surround yourself with those who have similar positive attitudes.
  4. They surround themselves with positively influential people. – The body and brain have powerful things called “mirror neurons” meaning they tend to reflect their most immediate surroundings. Surround yourself with people who have similar goals, interests, and drives to mimic their positivity and success, and reflect it in your life.
  5. They accept themselves for who they are and LOVE the skin they’re in. – Mentally healthy people are so because of how they FEEL, not necessarily how they look. Though proper fitness and nutrition have positive effects on the exterior, mental health begins with a general acceptance of who you are, and don’t aspire to be anyone else.
  6. They focus on experiences rather than material things. – Yes, sufficient income takes many worries away, but after all, material things don’t last, and money isn’t the answer to all! Successfully healthy people focus on experiences; time with friends, travel, events, activities, etc, that stimulate the mind and create lasting memories that can never be taken away.
  7. They meditate. – Recently there has been a huge push on how beneficial meditation is on the mind and body. Take even a few minutes out of your day to practice mindfulness, and re-center yourself, clear your head and allow space for the positive to enter, and the negative to not weigh you down. Meditation doesn’t necessarily need to be just that, meditation, but make sure you take time to focus on something that brings you happiness, whether it be yoga, reading, time with children, or whatever your “relief” activity may be.
  8. They avoid social media, or take it with a grain of salt. – This might be one of the most important. I, myself have been victim to feeling jealousy or sorry for myself when I scroll through the media. I see prettier people or people living to be what seems to be a more fun and fulfilling life. This is detrimental to your own happiness, and comparison is the root of all evil. Cut down your time on social media if this is something that bothers you, or avoid it altogether. And remember, social media only highlights the most pristine times in ones life, and doesn’t show the hardship. But trust me, everyone…EVERYONE…has those moments.
  9. They take time to go on adventures. – Burnout and being overworked are serious situations these days. Many times people just need an escape. Be sure to set aside some time to visit a new place, try new things, see new sights, and spend time with family and friends doing adventurous things that will have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing.
  10. They make nutrition and physical fitness their TOP priority. – And last but not least, they actually DO make nutrition and physical fitness their TOP priority. Some might question this after family, friends, religion, etc, but after all, YOU are the only thing in this world you can 100% COMPLETELY control. You will be at your best to practice the other 9 things if your body and mind are in synch!

Try to incorporate these things into your daily life, and see if it makes a difference! Remember, holistic health is finding BALANCE amongst all aspects of your surroundings, and making the choice for your lifestyle to be full of wellness.

The Greatest Adventure Fitness Bucket List…Ever

The MOST comprehensive list of MUST DO events, hikes, races, or general fitness accomplishments, from all over the WORLD.

Being active in the wellness aspect of my community and beginning to venture out into other markets has really opened my eyes to a world of amazing fitness opportunities across the globe. And I’m sure what I’ve found is just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve used my research to compile a HIGHLY comprehensive list, narrowed down to bucket list items across different categories, all centered around fitness and adventure. And I use the term “narrowed down” loosely, because there are still around 183 items on this list! Check them out, see if you agree, and follow my journey to complete the ENTIRE list whilst sharing tips, techniques, trainings, and joining me on the world’s GREATEST fitness adventure!

Recreational accomplishments:

  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Surf Hunington Beach
  • Hike  ALL of the Colorado 14ers
    • Mt Elbert
    • Mt Massive
    • Mt Harvard
    • Blanca Peak
    • Laplata Peak
    • Uncompahgne
    • Crestone
    • Mt Lincoln
    • Grays Peak
    • Torreys Peak
    • Mt Antero
    • Castle
    • Quandry
    • Mt Evans – done 7/16/17
    • Longs
    • Mt Wilson
    • Mt Cameron
    • Mt Shavaro
    • Mt Belford
    • Crested Neddle
    • Mt Princeton
    • Mt Yale
    • Mt Bross
    • Kit Carson
    • El Diente
    • Maroon
    • Tabeguade
    • Mt Oxford
    • Mt Sneffels
    • Mt Democrat
    • Capitol
    • Pikes
    • Snowmass
    • Mt Eolus
    • Wisdom
    •  Challenger
    • Mt Columbia
    • Missouri Mountain
    • Humbolt
    • Mt Bierstadt
    • Conundrum
    • Sunlight
    • Handles
    • Culebra
    • Ellignood Point
    • Mt Lindsey
    • North Eolus
    • Little Bear
    • Mt Sherman
    • Redcloud
    • Pyramid
    • Wilson
    • Wetterhorn
    • San Luis
    • North Maroon
    • Mt of Holy Cross
    • Huron
    • Sunshine
  • backpack Yosemite
  • Mountain bike Crested Butte
  • SEA Paddle NYC
  • Boulder at Hueco Tanks
  • Kayak Lake Powell
  • La Jolla Rough Water Swim
  • Brooklyn Zoo NY Parkour
  • WOD at Reebok Crossfit
  • Workout at muscle beach
  • Study at BKS Lyengar yoga school
  • Hike Kilimanjaro
  • visit/hike ALL of the National parks
    • Denali
    • Gates of Arctic
    • Glacier Bay
    • Katmai
    • Kenai Fjords
    • Kobuk Valley
    • lake Clark
    • Wrangell
    • American Samoa
    • Grand Canyon
    • petrified forest
    • Saguaro
    • Hot springs
    • Channel islands
    • death Valley
    • Joshua tree
    • Kings canyon
    • Lassen volcanic
    • Redwood
    • Sequoia
    • Yosemite
    • Black canyon
    • Sand dunes
    • Mesa verde
    • Rocky mountain
    • Biscayne
    • Dry Tortugas
    • Everglades
    • Haleakala
    • Volcanoes HI
    • Mammoth Cave
    • Isle royale
    • Voyagers
    • Glacier NP
    • Great Basin
    • Carlsbad
    • White sand
    • Smokeys
    • Theodore roosevelt
    • Cuyanoga
    • Crater lake
    • Congaree
    • Badlands
    • Wind cave
    • Big bend
    • Guadalupe
    • Virgin islands
    • Arches
    • Bryce Canyon
    • Canyon lands
    • Capitol reef
    • Zion
    • Shenandoah
    • Mt Ranier
    • North Cascades
    • Olympic
    • Grand Teton
    • Yellowstone

Events:

  • Wanderlust – done 7/15/17
  • The Big Float
  • Yoga on the Rocks
  • Daybreaker
  • SoulCycle
  • November Project Boston
  • The Arnold Classic
  • Bay to Breakers
  • Bolder Boulder
  • Summer mountain games
  • Mountain Gear Red Rock Rendezvous
  • Crossfit games
  • Beach to Beach St John power swim
  • Montage deer valley pro series
  • Cyclocross

Day hikes and swims:

  • Swim Havasu falls
  • Hamilton Pool
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • Homestead Crater
  • Queens bath
  • Devils Den
  • Big Deep
  • Dorset Quarry
  • Chena Hot Springs
  • Opal Pool
  • Hot Springs NC
  • hike Valley of Fire
  • hike Ludlington state park
  • hike Hammondsport
  • hike Cache river St area
  • hike Weavervillw
  • hike Damascus
  • hike Katy trail st park
  • hike Ghiopyle st park
  • hike Dismo beach
  • hike Jekyll island
  • hike Estes park
  • hike Door country
  • hike Fort Bragg

General fitness goals:

  • Do a pull up
  • Complete a 10k
  • 3 min plank
  • Long bike tour, 7+ days
  • Bar/ring muscle up
  • Advanced yoga pose
  • Complete a marathon
  • Ascend the 7 summits (or just 1…)
  • 1 arm push up
  • Trapeze
  • Complete a Triathlon
  • run a sub 6 mile
  • Complete weight specific strength training standards
  • martial arts immersive training
  • cycle a century
  • run in multi-day challenge
  • complete a team adventure race
  • ski a double back diamond
  • cross country ski
  • 30 day yoga challenge
  • complete an ironman
  • do a backflip
  • do a perfect roundhouse kick
  • master the splits
  • compete in a bodybuilding competition
  • obtain a belt in karate
  • compete in an archery tournament
  • complete a 1/2 marathon
  • run in an ultra
  • go dog sledding
  • kayak rough water
  • participate in a health retreat
  • compete in an MMA/boxing match
  • compete in a rowing race
  • paddle boarding

Races/obstacles:

  • Boston Marathon
  • Run Disney Marathon
  • Mt Washington Road race
  • Escape from Alcatraz
  • Beer Relay
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • Ragbras
  • Nautica Malibu
  • Master the handstand
  • Learn rock climbing
  • Hood to coast relay
  • Merrell Oyster adventure race
  • Spartan race
  • Spartan beast
  • Gemini adventures
  • Empire state building run
  • Pikes Peak summit race
  • Cycle gran fondo – Echelon
  • Xterra
  • tough mudder
  • Death Valley race
  • Reykjavik marathon
  • Patagonia marathon
  • Florence marathon
  • NW Passage marathon
  • Safaricom marathon
  • Messa Falls marathon
  • Emerald nuts midnight run
  • Great Wall marathon
  • Yoma Yangon marathon
  • Tokyo marathon
  • Australian outback marathon
  • Honolulu marathon

Professional competitions:

  • Attend:
    • World Cup
    • UFC fight
    • Superbowl
    • Crushed Ice
    • Olympic games
    • Ididderod
    • Masters
    • Wimbledon
    • NBA Championships
    • Stanley Cop
    • Indy 500
    • World Series

United States based travel:

Compete in a race in every state/visit the state capital/visit the state’s most rural town!

  • AL- Rocket City/Montgomery/Oak Hill town
  • AK- Mayor midnight/Juneau/Bettles city
  • AZ- Phoenix marathon/Phoenix/Winkleman town
  • AR- little rock marathon/Little Rock/magnet cove town
  • CA- bay to breakers/Sacremento/Vernon
  • CO- golden leaf marathon/Denver/lakeside
  • CT- Manchester road race/Hartford/Mashantucket
  • DE- old to new castle/Dover/Slaughter beach
  • FL- Ft. Lauderdale marathon/Tallahassee/Noma
  • GA- peachtree road race/Atlanta/Edge Hill
  • HI- maui paradise marathon/Honolulu/Manele
  • ID- Idaho potato marathon/Boise/Dixie
  • IL- BOA Chicago marathon/Springfield/Valley City
  • IN- One America 500 mini/Indianapolis/Westphalia
  • IA- Living history farms/Des Moines/Garden Grove
  • KS- Honey badger ultra/Topeka/Freeport
  • KY- Bourbon chase relay/Frankfort/South Park view
  • LA- Crescent city classic/Baton Rouge/Mound village
  • ME- Sugarloaf 15k/Augusta/Eastport
  • MD- JFK 50 miler/Anapolis/Pt Tobacco Village
  • MA- Boston marathon/Boston/Gosnold
  • MI- Woodstock/Detroit/Turner Village
  • MN- Ham Run 1/2/Minneapolis/Kinbrae
  • MS-MS Blues marathon/Jackson/Satortia village
  • MO- Cow bell marathon/Jefferson City/Cavetown
  • MT- Missoula marathon/Helena/Dixon
  • NE- Good life halfsy/Lincoln/Monowi
  • NV- LV Rock n roll marathon/Carson City/Puckerbrush
  • NH- Mt Wash road race/Concord/Harts location
  • NJ- NJ 1/2/Trenton/Brainards
  • NM- Bantaan memorial/Santa Fe/Madrid
  • NY- NYC marathon/Albany/Red House
  • NC- Krispy crème challenge/Raleigh/Crossnore
  • ND- Fargo marathon/Bismark/Ruso
  • OH- Flying pig marathon/Columbus/Rendville
  • OK- Route 66 marathon/OKC/Arcadia
  • OR- Portland trail series/Salem/Greenhorn
  • PA- Philadelphia marathon/Harrisburg/Baileyville
  • RI- Cox providence marathon/Providence/Central falls
  • SC- Cooper river bridge run/Columbia/Smyrna
  • SD- Crazy horse marathon/Pierre/Bruce
  • TN- Music city st jude rock n roll/Nashville/Silerton
  • TX- Houston marathon/Austin/Guerra
  • UT- St George marathon/SLC/Ophier
  • VT- Covered bridge 1/2/Montpelier/Victory
  • VA- Ukrop monument ave 10k/Richmond/Scotland
  • WA- Lilac bloomsday/Olympia/Marblemount
  • WV- Freedoms run/Charleston/Aurora
  • WI- Green bay marathon/Madison/Egg Harbor
  • WY- Run w/horses marathon/Cheyenne/Buford (America’s smallest)