Need More Pep in your Step?

March 2012

Need More Pep in Your Step?


Since before the dawn of civilization, mankind has relied on physical fitness to survive. Not only did hunters and gatherers move around constantly to survive, but they also exercised for leisure and pleasure. In order to extend the life of their tribe, hunters had to find wildlife, fresh water, and safe areas to set up camp. Primitive man would exercise daily for his job and responsibilities, and he would dance and play games when celebration was in order. Civilization dawned when the development of agriculture brought the ability to remain in an area and live a more sedentary lifestyle.

Ancient Chinese philosophers recognized that a sedentary lifestyle would lead to certain diseases that could be prevented with regular exercise. Ancient Greeks participated in gymnastics, running, jumping, and wrestling because they believed that a strong, healthy body was necessary to harbor a sound mind.

In the words of the Greek philosopher Hippocrates, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”

How Many Steps Do I Need to Make?

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans the recommended amount of activity for adults is the following:

 

5 hours each week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

OR

 

2 hours and 30 minutes each week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

Things to Consider with Exercise:
1.    Do weight bearing activities such as running or using a small trampoline (Google: rebounder)
2.    Drink plenty of water, if you go over an hour remember to replenish with a sports drink, gel or light snack
3.    Great supplements to include: joint support formulas, vitamin B, and high quality organic fish oils rich in omega-3s.
4.    Warm up and cool down with light stretching

Healing Affirmations


From her book Heal Your Body Louise L. Hays gives suggestions on how to awaken within you the ability to contribute to your own healing process. She advises to pick an aliment or problem and read affirmations associated with those problems to help eliminate them. Read the affirmation(s) for thirty days and see  how your body feels.


The Problem        
Fatigue  

Probable Cause
Resistance, boredom. Lack of love  for what one does 


New Thought Pattern                  
I am enthusiastic about life and filledwith energy and enthusiasm.


                                                                          


                                                                                                                                                                         

The Mind really is a terrible thing to waste…