Move to thrive
4. Get Stronger with Movement.
Moving requires more breathing than staying in a sedentary state. This means that the life-giving effects of the process of breathing properly are multiplied during movement, especially when mindful breathing is incorporated into the activity. If a form of exercise is already being done regularly that provides a rewarding safe workout, it is very possibly fulfilling many needs for movement. When people become very ill or immobile a more gradual resumption of physical stretches can be more suitable.
Methods of slow stretching, however, produce particularly thorough benefits and learning some of the postures from one or other of the traditions that date back to ancient times is recommended for everyone. Courses, classes and workshops are widely accessible, and the gentle progressive nature combine harmlessly with most medical conditions while generating subtle changes in flexibility, stamina and balance that help compose both body and mind. More common methods include yoga, Pilates (yoga blend), Tai Chi and Chi/Qi Gong. Some people will find them sufficient in themselves; other can append them to their current exercise regimen, or run through them from time to time. Research into yoga and the rest is ongoing. Various energy therapies, including polarity, quantum touch, FSM and others, are known to give relief.
Further information is readily available from many books, videos, websites, workshops and organisations on these and all kinds of exercise. The initial effort and decision to investigate and trial one or more options, to find a programme that can be followed and that matches current needs and abilities, depends on the person.
It is important to get into a rhythm of regular movement activity that can be scheduled into the individual timetable because while euphoric rewards may be experienced in the aftermath, motivation to start each session and keep up repeats can pose challenges. The habit sends messages to the immune system to tune up and do its job of defending life. Extend movement to a point of mild exertion, then hold and release. Pushing too far too fast is self-sabotaging, risky and a recipe to become quickly discouraged and give up. Discovering and setting the individual pace to stay engaged is the key.
Walking, swimming, cycling, team games like tennis and football, hiking, dancing, aerobics classes, supervised gym and weight-training; all these can form part of a regime for vitality according to the level of fitness and wellness the participant is currently at. Even housework can account for exercise that helps the heart, the engine of the body. The priority is to realise the value of moving and of personally ensuring exercise structures are put in place so that the fruits can be enjoyed every day.