We have to look at our physical sphere first and make sure that our body is functioning well, before we can even start to try to improve the other spheres. Some people might resist this, will insist that as long as you’re not ill, you can excel in the mental and emotional spheres. It’s true you can, but it is not balanced health and it’s very fragile. Why not put yourself in the best position to succeed. I strongly believe that the path to happiness, fulfillment and success starts with a healthy body.
We all know how this goes: Eat healthy and exercise! I will write extensively on food and nutrition and I encourage you to study that, but today I want to talk about a key to good exercise. The key is balance! Balance in the type of exercise you do and balance in the way you exercise. You should have at least two different types of exercise habits. This will keep it fresh and provide varied challenges for your body. If for some reason you can’t drag yourself to the gym one day, you can jump on your bike or grab your racket. You should aim to have at least one habit which demands other participants, like tennis or soccer. Team sports are ideal, since they stimulate your mental and emotional spheres directly. I recommend one of your habits be weight lifting (working out). This will allow you to target certain muscle groups, it is an excellent opportunity for mindlessness, and it works your cardiovascular system wonderfully. All exercise releases endorphins in your blood which fights stress, depression and pain. Working out, especially so. It also has the wonderful benefit of making you look better. And let’s face it, looking better helps in many ways, more on that in a separate post.
We need to have a balance in the type of exercise we do and we need to focus on balance when we exercise. If fact we should be mindful of balance in all physical activities we perform. Keeping good posture and balance will prevent injury and will promote good healthy energy flow in your body. Balance is a key concept of eGOvolution, it runs through everything. The best way of promoting balance is Yoga! I recommend everybody incorporate yoga into their lives. Many more posts on yoga to come!
Other wonderful balanced exercise activities include Tai Chi, Pilates, and various marshal arts. Personally I practice Karate, and I absolutely love it. It has done wonders for my balance and provides a great full body workout. It also comes with great lessons in discipline, respect and patience. I’ll elaborate on my Karate training later.
As you are gardening, cleaning the floors, or working out, focus on keeping your body in good balance at all times, good posture, firm core, fluid movements. You may sacrifice a little speed at first, but as you practice balance, you will eventually increase your speed and effectiveness.
I cringe when I see guys at the gym put way to much weight on the machine and twist and jerk as they struggle to do their reps, just so they can say that they just curled xxx lbs. They are damaging their bodies and creating misalignments in their musculoskeletal system and energy flow. What they should do is remove at least 50% of that weight and do their reps in perfects balance, focusing their movements from their core.
Real fitness is balanced fitness. It does good to your system with minimal risk of injury and dangerous wear, it promotes optimal flow of energy by utilizing all your muscles in perfect harmony. A great advice I like to give anyone learning a sport, or any other technical physical activity, such as playing an instrument is: Make it look good! Learn the movement perfectly, do it with the ease of all your muscles working in harmony. Have someone film you doing it, and watch yourself and make corrections till you look great doing it. You will find that you reach that point when you’re balanced and relaxed, with a firm core.
Another great activity which promotes balance and grace is dancing. This is a great one because it incorporates music and most people are relaxed and full of joy when they dance. So dance often and dance on the court, on the field on in the gym.
I am off to the gym, many more posts on exercise to come!