The Foundation of the Energy Balance Pyramid is Exercise and I want to dedicate this blog post to my father who tragically died on the 2nd of August at the age of 74. It has affected me in so many ways including my creativity and for that reason, I didn’t blog for two months.
He is my inspiration and a role model when it comes to exercise and discipline and even so he’s in the spirit world now I can feel his presence. I’m not sure what discipline or exercise he is undergoing there but the last time “I spoke to him” he said he was very tired and needed rest so I guess he’ll catch up with it once he’s fully rested.

Getting back to exercising

Having recently pulled myself together and back into my exercise routine I’ve noticed benefits right away. My mood has improved and energy levels increased, I’ve started to regain my motivation and the spark for life is slowly coming back.

When I was growing up I know my father was getting up every morning at 5 am, exercising in the park and then walking to and from work for 5km. He could have easily driven instead… He often reiterated that it was 5km, no more and no less, I think he was very proud of himself for doing that. If it was really cold outside and I mean Lithuanian weather – snowing, windy, some -25C or pouring down with rain that happens quite often during autumn and spring, he would still exercise indoors. I don’t ever remember him missing morning exercise neither do I recall him ever being ill or bed bound.

My father always emphasized the importance of exercise and never had any excess weight. He was in good health apart from his heart condition induced by stress during his career. I’m still in awe of  him, his self-care, approach to healthy lifestyle and discipline. My main quest now is to recall what he taught me and be an inspiration for future generations.

Those who moan about physical pain or discomfort and the effort required during the first few weeks of exercise forget that just like any other skill it requires discipline, time and patience.

Start Active, Stay Active

Having tried various types of exercise throughout the years I found that I didn’t necessarily enjoy all of them. My exercise routine has also changed with time.
For example, my dancing career was during ages 3-19 and I was aerobics’ trainer between ages 16-19. Dancing and aerobics were later replaced with intensive gym sessions, ages 19-28 where I was spending 2-3 hours at the gym 4 times a week. From ages 25-32 I enjoyed running, tennis, skating, Yoga, and loads of social dancing.
Following my Hypermobility diagnosis in 2014 where I have to manage pain in my knees, joints, and muscles I found Nordick walking, energy exercises, Chi Kong and stretching with occasional weights and swimming sessions at the local gym helping to control my condition and stay in shape.
I enjoy variety and make sure that I have at least 30mins of exercise every day but mostly I still end up doing 2-3 hours as it keeps my pain at bay.

If you too have a health condition what exercises do you do to keep fit and healthy despite the pain?

There are many benefits to exercise:

  • Enhanced Mood
  • Boost in energy, confidence, and self-esteem
  • Weight control
  • Increased creativity, productivity, and focus
  • Flexibility
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Strengthening of muscles, joints, and bones

Regular physical activity can reduce the risk and protect you from many health problems such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Back pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Disability
  • Obesity
What can you do if you can’t find time to exercise?
Find the time!!!
Be creative…
It doesn’t have to be an hour at the gym and you don’t have to join classes. Here are some ideas how you can use your day efficiently and exercise at the same time:
  • When possible choose to walk or cycle instead of driving
  • If you are waiting for a bus and there are 10minutes until your bus arrives, walk to the next bus stop instead.
  • In an underground or a shopping center use steps on an escalator and whenever possible use stairs instead of a lift.
  • Exercise your balance by standing and letting go of handles on a train.
  • Housework is a good form of exercise so is gardening and DIY

 

Stay present – where the mind goes, energy flows…

For the last 10 years, I’ve been a member of Korean energy center where I’ve learned how to focus my mind on my body during the exercise. I’ve applied this knowledge to various forms of exercise and recommend you to try it.

Here are some tips:
Firstly, start by spending some time with positive thoughts and get in the mood before exercising. You can do it an hour before or throughout your day by imagining and feeling how enjoyable your exercise is going to be, how good you’ll feel afterward, allow the sense of achievement, feeling uplifted and happy to build in your mind and fill your body. I treat exercise as the reward at the end of the day or as a kickstart to my day and aim to create a sense of excitement around it.
While exercising focus inside your body, notice how your breathing changes, are there any aches, pains or tension, notice movements of your muscles, stay focused as much as you can inside your body. If you are experiencing pain use your breathing to reduce the pain by imagining that you are breathing in healing bright energy and exhaling all the tension and pain. It’s very effective during a stretching exercise.

Focusing inside your body will considerably enhance all the benefits of exercise. It also helps to clear your mind considerably faster-bringing calmness and focus into your daily life

If you’ve enjoyed this blog post, please leave a comment below. If you have any ideas related to exercise – please share it with us. Thank you!

Healthy Body = Happy Life!

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