What do you mean by holistic fitness?


Before discussing about types of holistic fitness, let's know what do we mean by HOLISTIC FITNESS?

 Holistic Fitness addresses more than just muscle strength and endurance. It is a health protocol that seeks to:

1. Enhance the fitness of the complete physical body and emotional health.

2. Combine methods of stress reduction, diet, traditional exercise, and sleep habits.

3. Embraces the concept of balance between a fit looking exterior and a healthy thriving interior.

4. Blends physical and the mental by addressing every aspect of a healthy lifestyle, including mental health.

5. Redefines fitness and health in making the main goal to consistently improve one’s overall well-being.

 It is basically a health protocol  whose aim is  to enhance the fitness of the complete physical body and emotional health. It  Combines various methods of stress reduction, diet, traditional exercise, and sleep habits.

What is HOLISTIC NUTRITION? 

Holistic nutrition involves eating natural food which should be in its natural state  for optimum health and well- being. 

Basic food items involving holistic nutrition include unrefined, unprocessed, organic and locally grown whole foods.

What a holistic nutritionist preach? 

The philosophy of holistic nutrition is that one’s health is an expression of the complex interplay between the physical and chemical, mental and emotional, as well as spiritual and environmental aspects of one’s life and being. As such, professionals who are trained in holistic nutrition approach health and healing from a whole-person perspective. Using nutritional education as a primary tool, holistic nutrition professionals emphasize the building of health by approaching each person as a unique individual. This requires fully engaging the individual in their health recovery process and honoring their innate wisdom by working in an empowering and cooperative manner to chart a course to optimal health.


What are Holistic Exercises?

Activities such as yoga, pilates, qi-gong, tai-chi and other activities with Eastern origins are examples of holistic exercises that bring about an awareness of the body and mind, and provide balance to an individual.

we will discuss only 4 of them here that are thought to Improve your Body and Mind. 

 Regular exercises which we do in our gym or home etc involves alot of physical moves and progressions which involves alot of physical hard work.  Holistic exercise are totally opposite, it involves  workout techniques that keep the body fit while contributing to a sense of relaxation and spiritual balance.

 Let's discuss about these 4  types of holistic exercises and their benefits.


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1. Yoga



The word 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit root 'Yuj', meaning 'to join' or 'to yoke' or 'to unite'. As per Yogic scriptures the practice of Yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness, indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature.

Yoga was one of the oldest exercise technique in India introduced by ancient saints to calm their mind and soul. It was introduced in United States in 70s, but got no popularity because it was thought to be a short lived workout format, but steadily it has gained popularity now.. it is now one of the greatest exercises technique which is considered equivalent to high intensity workout in terms of relaxation as well as overall fitness.

Benefits of Yoga

1. Improve flexibility and strength. Yoga stretches your muscles. ... 

2. Stand up straighter. Many poses in yoga can strengthen the core muscles in your stomach and back. ... 

3. Ease stress and anxiety levels. Yoga involves breathing exercises that force you to pay attention to your breath. ... 

4. Reduce low back pain. ... 

5. Improve sleep.

Yoga emphasis on various asanas which are easy to start with and progress to more difficult versions. 

  Best time for yoga- 

The very best time to practice yoga is first thing in the morning before breakfast. Upon waking, empty the bowels, shower if you wish, then commence the day with your regime of yoga practices. The second most conductive time is early evening, around sunset


2. Qigong



Qigong, is a Chinese exercise system which is used for   mental and physical training. 

Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises.

Qi is a concept from traditional Chinese culture that roughly means vital energy, information, breath or spirit. The second character in qigong, "gong," means cultivation or mastery, Wayne said. Qigong is therefore sometimes translated as "vital energy cultivation" or "mastery of your energy."

It is similar with yoga as it also puts an  emphasis on mindfulness, gentle movements, breathing, and flexibility. There are various static postures in this form which share the same soothing component of relaxation. 

It was first considered to be a medical technique to cure some ailments , but eventually with time it is now considered as a part of holistic fitness with short term and long term effects. 

There are many forms of qigong practiced throughout the world. Some of these forms involve breathing and meditation to promote spirituality and health while others are more vigorous and include martial arts exercises. Tai chi, a widely practiced mind-body exercise, is sometimes referred to as a form of qigong because it "cultivates, moves and helps manage Qi,"


3. Tai Chi


Tai chi, short for T'ai chi ch'üan or Tàijí quán, sometimes colloquially known as "Shadowboxing", is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for defense training, health benefits, and meditation. The term taiji is a Chinese cosmological concept for the flux of yin and yang, and 'quan' means fist.

This is a form of martial arts with an emphasis on slow movement, deep breathing, and physical and mental balance. 


Tai chi is considered to be an effdctive treatment for various conditions like arthritis or any sort of chronic pain and is an effective stress reducer. 

It has similar effects of yoga and quigong, with an additional benefit of martial arts form and self defence. 

The benefits of tai chi may include:

1. Decreased stress, anxiety and depression.

2. Improved mood.

3. Improved aerobic capacity.

4. Increased energy and stamina.

5. Improved flexibility, balance and agility.

6. Improved muscle strength and definition.


4. Massage


Massage is mostly not considered as a form of exercise but in true sense it involves muscles movements along with a soothing effect. To improve overall health. 

Massage is the manipulation of the body's soft tissues. Massage techniques are commonly applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet, or a device. The purpose of massage is generally for the treatment of body stress or pain. A person professionally trained to give massages is traditionally known as a masseur (male) or a masseuse (female) in European countries. In the United States, these individuals are often referred to as massage therapists because they must be certified and licensed as "Licensed Massage Therapists".

Massage is considered to be an effective treatment for 

Relieveing pain , anxiety , stress and as well as depression.

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