Movement and Exercise
Movement and exercise are essential. There is no way around it. Especially as we get older, movement is a big part of staying healthy and fit. It pumps the whole body. Keeps off excess fat. Helps keep our insides purring. Aids digestion. Stimulates the brain. The list could go on and on. We find many ways to try to excuse ourselves out of exercise. I don’t really understand why. I guess I am one of those people blessed to enjoy exercise. I think maybe we often times misunderstand what it means to exercise based on what we are taught by movies, television, magazines, or our friends. Let me make two categories here.
EGO-BASED EXERCISE: This is often-times what we think of that deters us from exercising. For men it usually means whipping your body as hard as you can in the gym trying to lift super-heavy weights to “build muscle.” or get super-fit. For women, it often means dramatic or unsafe weight-loss techniques with seemingly never-ending cardio. For both genders, this is a dangerous and ineffective way to exercise. It is usually very unbalanced. It is not very fun or rewarding, and almost nobody has the nutritional or resting reserves to do this type of exercise for long.
HEALTH-BASED EXERCISE: This is when we take the ego out of the equation. Now this doesn’t mean we can’t have our self-image our self-esteem tied into it a LITTLE BIT, but it should not be our primary focus. The main focus is to move our body to FEEL BETTER, have MORE ENERGY, and become MORE BALANCED in our lives. A big variety in techniques and activities is good for this area.
Obviously, the health-based approach is the one that I recommend for people. TRAIN, DON”T STRAIN is the motto. If you are wearing yourself out every time in the gym or pushing past about 65-80% of your capacities; you are not going to be doing yourself any favors.
General guidelines for movement/exercise?
Movement and or/exercise most days of the week; with some break days. Mix it up thought. Do resistance training some days, cardio some days; or a combination. Stretch and
For me, it seems to work to do light resistance training about 3 times a week, the other 2 days cardio and stretching. I probably take 1-2 days off per week where I just walk.
To truly be healthy and balanced you will need to incorporate resistance, cardio, and some form of stretching/bodywork into your life on a regular basis!