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Wholistic Living – Exercise Within Your Personal Bounds

Snow SkiingThese days of modern conveniences reduce our level of physical activity.  We often find ourselves sitting, idly standing, or doing some sort of repetitious activity that doesn’t require much physical exertion.  Changing to a healthier lifestyle includes a level of exercise that works for you.

These days of modern conveniences reduce our level of physical activity.  We often find ourselves sitting, idly standing, or doing some sort of repetitious activity that doesn’t require much physical exertion.  Changing to a healthier lifestyle includes a level of exercise that works for you.

Everyone won’t do the same level of activity in any exercise program.  Our body type, age, physical limitations, gender, even blood type can influence the type of activity that suits us best.   Not everyone can or wants to train in martial arts.  Some may want to take Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong instead.  Running works well for some, but jogging may work better for others.

As seasons change, so do the activities, unless you live in an area where seasons don’t affect outside activities.  With winter upon us in the Northeast, the outside use of canoes, kayaks, and hiking gear may be exchanged for snowshoes or cross-country skis.  In the spring and summer accessories are switched again to accommodate the season.  Outdoor activities may be substituted by more indoor workouts through a gym or in home exercise accessories.

Age doesn’t mean we stop our activities.  The lifestyle remains active with activities that harmonize with our age and physical abilities.  Maybe we used to run five miles a day.  Now, we run three.  Also, you’re never too old to start an activity.  People in their 50’s or 60’s begin new higher impact exercise programs, but they approach them gradually and sometimes with a qualified trainer.  Level and intensity of activity should be in harmony with age.  There are always exceptions, but the key is… listen to your body.

TrainerBeginning a new activity may be challenging particularly if you’re in a mixed age and gender group.  If you are uncertain of how to approach a particular program, seek a fellow knowledgeable participant who could act as a mentor or seek a qualified trainer.  A good trainer, that is genuinely interested in the individual, is a real asset to any program.  If there isn’t a formal teacher to help you ease into a program that works for you then go slow.  Some physical stiffness or discomfort can be expected, but too much may be a case of exceeding your physical limitations.  Again, take your time.

Stretching before and after any physical activity is always beneficial.  Stretching warms up the muscle groups, prevent injuries, and curtails some stiffness and aches and pains.  Cardiovascular exertion warms up our heart when the physical activity is demanding like martial arts.  Stretches and cardio workouts should begin slow and work toward a peak with a short cool down to keep yourself limber and in tune for the more intense portion of a workout.  Regular massage is also beneficial to keep your body flexible and in proper tone.  Someone who works out regularly can receive a massage every week if they like, but they can often go four to six weeks between sessions, unless there’s an event or injury.

Above all, consult a medical professional or trainer to determine which activities to perform or avoid for your lifestyle.  Chances are you’ll be able to perform some activity within the bounds of your physical abilities.  Your life and health will improve even if you have to go slow at first because of physical limits and weight.

Physical exercise isn’t about impressing others. Your opponent is you.  Do the best you can each time. Go at your own pace.  The benefits will be reaped in time.  Physical exercise through QiGong, Tai Chi, swimming, the local gym, hiking, snow shoeing, running, martial arts, yoga, aerobics, walking, or what ever else, it’s all about improving your life.

Take time for you and exercise.Group QiGong Pic