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BBJ Fitness Corner | Mindfulness

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FITNESS and nutrition are very important for our health, but taking a day or two off could also help us.

 Due to our busy lifestyle, we can easily fall prey to stressors that can lead to mental breakdown and regression, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said as he emphasizes how important it is to keep one’s mind “happy.”

He advises his clients to, among other things, avoid oversaturation by “doing things out of the ordinary."

These may include swimming, kayaking, or taking a walk at the beach while enjoying sunrise or sunset.

"We must allow our minds to readjust and not fall into a depressive mode of completing a checklist instead of enjoying the moment,” Diaz said.

“I teach breathing techniques and being present in the moment. And I must also practice what I preach," he added.

 To avoid stressors, he undergoes low-impact bodyweight training, eats seafood and drinks a lot of water.

“This approach helps to heal my mind after an intense training. When   I return to my regular schedule, I feel new again and eager to remain fit and healthy,” Diaz said.

Art teacher Freddie Salavaria likes to share his love and passion for art with his students. Contributed photo

 

Freddie Salavaria’s son knows how to make a coconut leaf basket. Contributed photo

He noted that when professional athletes take a break from a grueling season, they still have to maintain specific mental and physical levels in order to prevent weight gain and injuries.

“Whether you’re a professional athlete or not, it is highly important  to have a healthy mindset,” he added.

One of Diaz's clients, Freddy Salavaria, has learned the values of mindfulness.

"Some people may not realize it, but we humans need to push the reset button from time to time just like any equipment or device in this modern world,” he said.

“To get away from all the constant grind of everyday life, I pick up a paint brush or a golf club. I ride a mountain bike. I put on a pair of hiking shoes. I use an impact wrench, a brush-cutter, a chainsaw. Or I go for a rod and reel, a wok or a pair of tongs. Personally, I try a lot  things to take my mind off problems. You and the people around you deserve a reset so you can enjoy life and each other better." 

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