While the body and the mind are one, we need to train both — luckily it’s possible to combine physical and mental exercise.

We’ve discussed how these respective exercises can have overlapping benefits. But how can you manage to train the body and sharpen the mind at the same time? This is especially valuable when you’re on a tight schedule, or when you want a more holistic approach to wellness.

Take weight lifting. We’ve talked about how this is a valuable exercise choice for seniors. You can also take it slow — and to make sure you do, consider implementing a 10-30 second mindful breathing exercise in between sets. You’ll build muscle and mental focus at the same time.

How about cardio? After all, getting moving is a great way to stay healthy. If you’re on the treadmill, the bike, or the outdoor walking trail, consider putting on an audiobook. Now you can get your mind moving in a new direction as well.

Finally, don’t forget that you can combine exercise classes with socialization. After all, being around others is critical for mental health, especially for seniors. Consider enrolling in classes where you can explore fitness techniques with friends or strangers who may become friends.

The mind and the body are both blessings to be taken care of — and with these tips, you can nurture your physical and mental faculties as one. For more content like this, bookmark our blog page.