Today I read in a Newspaper that women over 30 should be spending more time in moderate exercise, 150 minutes per day was suggested, which reminded me how inactive I am. Recently I completed a Handbook which started out Notes to Self and putting it together has challenged me on many issues, particularly the exercise issue. Being considerably overweight I recognise that my reasonably good health status for my age has much to do with the active exercise I was involved in up to my 40’s. I ponder though that exercise is not the only movement we need to be aware of and include a page from said Handbook below for your consideration…..AND MINE…thanks for the reminder Courier Mail.
Life, Love, Health, Laughter, Joy, Passion, Emotion, Success, IT’S ALL ABOUT FLOW and to maintain this FLOW we need to maintain unhindered Motion. Every internal part of our body in its natural state is in consistent motion including our brain, heart, lungs, intestines, kidneys, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, cells, lymph and circulatory system.
We need to be consistently aware of the effect sitting has on our body and its moving parts and systems. It reduces the motion of nutrients and energy through the body. The clear circulation of oxygen and the free flow of blood and lymph are all vital for our ongoing wellbeing.
Sitting also tends to form stiffness and blockages to clear flow throughout our spine, neck and shoulders etc. If this develops a curved or stooped frame, it impacts on the vital heart and lung organs hence reducing their full capacity to beat, inhale and exhale.
It is imperative to get up and move around every 30 minutes or so for around 5 minutes, whether from our desk or lounge. This allows the motion of venous return from our feet to be enhanced along with a return to mostly unheeded FLOW in the rest of our body.
Motion obviously includes exercise. It doesn’t need to be strenuous and can fit into our usual daily activities of gardening, housework, walking to work etc. Otherwise engage in a 30-40 minute walk at a pace enjoyable to you 4-5 times each week, Tai Chi or a similar practice.
The main catalyst for restricted motion within our energy and physical components is blocked/trapped/frozen negative Emotions that we deny, suppress or remain unconscious of. They are the very reason we develop compulsions and addictions, which are the arsenal used by the primitive part of our brain (amygdala) to create emotional disconnection, seemingly protecting us from what it sees as a threat. It cannot differentiate between an internal threat for example suppressed Anger being triggered and an external threat such as Tiger ready to leap.
This suppression keeps the emotion stuck in our energy system instead of moving through us like the weather (Emotion=EnergyinMotion) which then affects our physiology at some level along with our relationships and lifestyle goals and outcomes. Remember, suppressed emotions have a toxic physiology of their own, which impacts negatively on wellbeing.
Because we have a long history of being selective about which emotional expression is acceptable, most negative emotions have been trapped since childhood, or inherited even. They have then compounded with further emotional injuries added over the years, which are usually attracted by the initial trapped emotion which acts as a magnet for more of the same. From a health perspective the harder we push the emotion/s down the harder they kick back, hence dis-ease develops. Emotions are totally natural, allow them to FLOW.”
“Movement is life and life is movement”