When it comes to health and fitness most of what I promote is the same thing over and over and over again. I haven’t made any groundbreaking discoveries rather I try to share my insight which may hopefully cause a domino effect in someone else’s life. My aim is to create focus on meaningful conversations which open the mind to new ways of thinking.
For instance, I had a brief chat with a colleague and asked her how she was doing and she told me that she started her day with some stretching while still in bed. Her mother had recommended that she do a simple 5 minute stretch upon waking and so she did just that and felt automatically better. I was very much into this idea because it makes good sense and is super easy to follow. Those few mindful minutes will now trigger other positive thoughts and bring awareness throughout the day causing further progress. It’s truly amazing how a little time spent can have such a great impact and the beauty part is that it works every time! You just have to be willing to put yourself in that position and become the catalyst for change.
Seems simple enough but many of us miss the mark when it comes to getting ourselves from where we are to where we’d like to be. We know that physical activity is good for us but that in itself doesn’t necessarily motivate us to run laps around a track.
Here are some things we can do to make the process a bit more manageable while on our quest to lifelong movement.
If you dread going to the gym but feel that you JUST HAVE TO then you’re not going to get very far. The reason being is that you’re already in a negative frame of mind so there is no conceivable way you’ll benefit from torturing yourself. There has to be a spark that only you can ignite to get the fire burning because you know your triggers. For example, you may not be especially fond of exercise (yet) but you’re looking forward to buying a pair of cool and comfortable shoes. With time you’ll move past the shoes and get charged about other stuff and before you know it you’re thrilled by all the wonderful things that activity can do for you. I would say that most of the experience, if not all, needs to be positive because that is the only way you will keep coming back for more. It is a well-known fact that when we are enthused by what we do we get much better results and that applies to just about anything.
Mind and body must come together in a peaceful union when you’re engaging in activity. This means that your brain needs to be in tune with what’s going on with you physically. For example, if you’re on the treadmill but your thoughts are a million miles away then you’re better off sitting on a couch. It’s about focusing on how you feel and making any adjustments along the way. Try paying attention to how your muscles are flexing and to the quality of your breathing. If you’re not quite there yet, that’s okay but this will be a definite criteria to meet if your aim is to live a life of movement while getting all you can from it. We must absolutely pay mind to the finer details of our existence in order to piece together the entire picture. All of these tiny components have their own functions however it’s our personal responsibility to ensure that they work harmoniously to our benefit.
We want change and we want it now however that may work for some stuff like a haircut but not when it comes to exercise. I think we’ve all encountered people that are eager to start a workout program only to give up before they begin. It happens because we develop an all or nothing approach to activity. We go crazy and hit the ground running only to wind up in the same, if not worse, situation than before we started. If you haven’t developed an affinity to exercise just yet then you definitely need to pace yourself. Yes, it’s not as exciting as going full force but I can almost guarantee the slowness will give you time to ease into it all. Those extra 5 minutes that my colleague took that morning to stretch were better than doing nothing at all.
Relax And Unwind
This may sound counterintuitive to what I’ve just been saying but with activity comes rest. There’s always a cool down period which gets incorporated into most workouts because we need to acknowledge the fact that we’ve just pushed ourselves and now we must take it easy. This switching of gears is an extremely valuable concept which applies to every part of our lives as it maintains balance. We are not robots or superheroes but rather complex beings with many conditions that exist simultaneously which need to be understood and cared for.