Sunday, March 14, 2010

Exercise and Balanced Living

Inspiration: To continue to listen with clarity and compassion to the body's messages.

Exercise can be accomplished in a myriad of different ways. We are consistently bombarded with the next best thing, craze and diet in print and on TV. Youth, vitality and a rock hardy body....Or maybe not. As we mature, our bodies require more love and kindness.

Each year, as my birthday approaches (April 9), I reflect on the wisdom and maturity I have received for the year. Back in the day, I was COMPETITIVE. A "competitive" runner (with others) and fitness professional. Through both injury, experience and the body speaking rather LOUDLY, I have learned that as we honor the body's messages, we also honor our hearts and mind.

Contrary to "popular" belief, there is no one way to accomplish your physical goals. After nearly 14 years of as a fitness trainer, I have discovered the best combination is integrating some kind of resistance activity, cardiovascular training and of course, my favorite, YOGA.

As we continue to listen will our hearts and not our mind, we grow, not only stronger physically, but more empowered, loving and grateful for this marvelous body temple we have been given to move with in this life.

So I invite you all to take a closer look at how you move. Not just physically. How you move and manage the emotional body as well. A balanced exercise prescription will help with our emotions. Too much high intensity training can ultimately cause more stress, anger and aggression; externally directed.

Be kind, loving and gentle with yourself. Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

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