Our society has come to confuse appearances with reality in a way that took HEALTH out of the FITNESS EQUATION for many individuals.
We’ve all heard of people who had a heart attack as they were overexercising. Emergency rooms have seen yoga teachers who need a knee or hip replacement and massage therapists witness athletes of all kinds suffering from chronic excess tension or sore muscles.
LOOKING FIT often refers to a person that exercises a lot, tends to be slender, with defined muscles, a tanned skin, and preferably young looking. Any or all these features combined are seen as not only attractive but a sign of BEING FIT.
WE HAVE BEEN LED TO BELIEVE that our muscles size and strength are what makes us fit and healthy – so, the world is in a frenzy when it comes to exercises and food that help us grow muscle power.
BUT IS IT REALLY THE BLACK AND WHITE REALITY?
Is there even any truth to this modern fitness belief?
Do you know people who look fit yet have some health challenges?
Do you know people who are fit and healthy although they don’t look fit according to the widespread stereotype?
THIS IS NOT UNCOMMON!
I am a proof of this. I am super healthy and strong.
I always have been, but I never was slender – simply not in my genes!
Although fitness is important for health, it seems that many people suffer from confusion around what fitness is or is not. Appearances and popular knowledge can be quite deceiving.
THE TRUTH IS THAT awareness of “Integrated Functioning” is missing from modern fitness even when it still brings about some benefits, which accounts for this mass confusion.People can get benefits and still hurt themselves at the same time over time.
Your body strength does not come from the size or definition of your muscles but from how they work in an integrated way with the rest of your body.
YOUR TRUE STRENGTH IS A MIND/BODY OUTCOME which comes from the balanced partnership between your skeletal structure, your joints and your muscles working in an integrated way – none of them stealing the show, all of them working harmoniously together!
IT IS YOURS FOR THE TAKING OR NOT depending on your mindset about movement and posture.
SO, ASK YOURSELF:
- Do you believe that more is better?
- Do you feel you are not doing enough when you do not feel isolate muscles exert themselves?
- Do you tend to feel muscle tension nagging you in your daily life?
- Are you addicted to stretching?
- Do you feel addicted to exercising or yoga practice?
If you said yes to either of these statements or all of them, you may need to question your relationship with your body. You may realize that you feel better when you work with your body intelligence rather than trying to whip your body into shape.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying you should quit challenging yourself. I love challenging myself and Olympic athletes use this work and swear by it.
After my 30 years experience as an Alexander Technique teacher, I can tell you that there is a way to challenging yourself as a whole body working as an integrated whole. And it is the answer to release and prevent chronic tension or pain while thriving in all your activities.
It is the way to feel empowered when handling your body and your life.
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