It is essential to move the body, yes. Its even more essential to consider a healthy framework.
We’ve all experienced gym class in school or maybe had the benefit of a personal trainer and heard the cries of coaches, “Push” “Make it count” “One more rep” “No pain, no gain!” It’s meant as motivation to help you reach a goal you might not otherwise reach without encouragement. And that’s great for a body that’s feeling good, is able to repair from being pushed, and isn’t experiencing a myriad of symptoms. If that describes you, you can stop reading. But if you experience a cycle of wanting to work out, injuring yourself, needing to rest from the injury, and starting the cycle over again, read on. You may be working under one or many of the myths below.
MYTH #1: Strong muscles and a beautiful body indicate you are in good health.
MYTH #2: A healthy heart and healthy arteries indicate you are healthy.
MYTH #3: Exercise rebuilds your body.
MYTH #4: Exercise cannot be harmful.
Here are a few guidelines for exercise:
1. Don’t use your pulse as your only guide.
2. Follow common sense. Don’t push past exhaustion.
3. Don’t use exercise as a crutch or drug.
4. If you skip exercise for a few days, you should still feel very well.
6. Involve your whole body.
Walking, swimming, bicycling and gardening are excellent. Long-lived people in the world often work outside, but usually not strenuously. Meditative exercises such as yoga or tai chi are also okay but be careful because many are injured in these classes due to peer pressure to keep up with their classmate’s performance rather than focusing on where they are as an individual. The teacher must walk around the entire class at all times to make sure the students are doing the poses correctly at all times. This is very important to avoid injuries. This is why walking is often better, as it is safer.
About Your Columnist
Eva Vennari is a featured columnist for Women Lead, the official blog of Connected Women of Influence. Eva is a certified Nutritional Counselor in Mineral Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis supported by Near Infrared Sauna Therapy. She is also certified in Personal Nutrition, Chakra Healing, Akashic Record Reading, and soon to be certified as a M.I.N.D.S. Holistic Alternative Psychology Master Practitioner.