As we approach the Autumnal Equinox, the skies become a deeper and crisper blue. The early morning reveals a glistening coat on the trees and grass, which quickly melts into tiny droplets which glisten with the waking sun. Everything is more intense. A sense of urgency is in the air. The wildlife and all of nature senses impending change.
Such is the ebb and flow of life. Our bodies contain this same natural time clock. When we move with the seasons, with natural ease, we have harmony and energy. When we force our bodies to perform way beyond what they should; we experience revolt. Our bodies strike back ten fold. As does nature, when defied.
Exercise and physical activity should always provide a sense of vitality and enjoyment. Anything else is futile; damaging really. Forcing our bodies into punishing circuits will only result in pain and joint damage. Moving in a way to maintain strength, agility, flexibility and balance are essential to graceful aging.
We each have different levels of physical ability. Challenging our bodies gently, to provide growth and strength, is key. The goal is not to punish and annihilate our muscles and skeletal structure.
Strength Training, Science has proven we don’t need to train to failure to see muscle growth. Weight training is essential if we don’t want to see muscle atrophy as we age. By the way, this begins as early as our 30’s!
Cardiovascular Training. Our hearts and lungs need regular aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, for at least 20 to 30 minutes per day. Hiking, walking, bicycling or sprinting, are all wonderfully enjoyable activities. Getting outside is a bonus. Nature provides a natural stress reducer.
Any activities that keep you moving and you enjoy are wonderful. Dancing, Swimming. Skiing. The list can go on and on….Just find something you love and do it.
We tend to sit too much in front of computers, television and in general. Be an active participant in your own life!
Photo from my backyard this morning…no filters.