Just Do It! This is more than just a slogan for a famous sports company. It involves making a choice, then taking action.
Exercise and rest of both body and mind are crucial for fantastic health. The best things in life are truly free!
In order to experience fantastic health, I believe both vigorous and gentle exercises are necessary. Vigorously exercising your body to have a sustained increase in heart rate for at least 20-60 minutes, 3-5 times per week, not only improves your cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular function, it also helps you eliminate toxins from your body.
Finding a form of exercise that you enjoy and have fun doing, exponentially improves the benefits you experience from exercising. To people who tell me they don't enjoy exercising, I reply: It's because you haven't tried every type of exercise or sport that exist and therefore you haven't found the one that fits you like a glove. I am continually amazed about the types of sports of which I tell myself I would have no interest in partaking, only to find that learning and playing them is great fun when I give myself the opportunity.
As well as regular vigorous exercise, gentle focused exercises like Tai Chi, Yoga or Qi Gong dramatically improve health. I strongly recommend that you learn one of these three powerful ways to become and remain healthy life-long. Doing them daily or at least 3-4 times per week will improve your flexibility, endurance and help you feel more alive.
Tai Chi, Yoga or Qi Gong can be learned from teachers, within group classes, from videos or from books. Whatever way works for you, just go for it. I learned Qi Gong from a book that I found browsing around my friend's library many years ago. During my regular routine of Qi Gong, I revitalize myself and feel extraordinarily alive: excellent for promoting healthy cells.
Exercising the mind is as important as exercising the body. Brain cells deteriorate with lack of use. We are never too old to change or to learn new things. The idea that you can't teach an old dog new tricks was probably stated by someone who didn't want to exercise their brain cells.
Learning new things is not only exciting, but also vital to life. Interacting with others is not only an opportunity for connection, but is vital to life as well. Problem solving is a super power charge for brain cells, whether it is doing a crossword puzzle, figuring out a mechanical difficulty, or brain-storming solutions for a challenging life situation.
During states of optimal health, exercise is balanced with rest. Sleep is incredibly important to recharge, repair and heal the body as many healing substances produced by the body are secreted at this time. Insomnia is a common complaint and the answers to this complaint can be found by attending to one or more of the other 5 components of health.
Ensuring that you take time-outs to recharge is wise. Pacing yourself with your day-to-day activities, your wants and your desires, is even wiser. I have seen too many people crash and burn because rest was not implemented as part of a healthy lifestyle. Of course there are wonderful opportunities that come from crashing and burning, however, I believe there are more gentle ways to learn, grow, love and become healthy.
Resting the mind is like manna from heaven. Meditation, prayer and focusing on the present moment all lead to improved health. There are many ways to meditate, many ways to pray, and many ways to focus your attention on being present in this moment right now. Whatever works for you, just do it!
Effectively Managing Stress
In my clinical experience, I have witnessed many people deal effectively with stress and challenging life situations utilizing the category of Exercise & Rest.
The top three ways that I have seen are as follows:
1. Prayer or meditation.
2. Vigorously exercising with passion and enjoyment.
3. Connecting with nature by observing, sitting and/or walking in nature.
The healthiest people I have seen live a life that balances plentiful exercise with plentiful rest.
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