FYI | Day 11 – Your Body – Fitness

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For Your Inspiration! (FYI!) Month 2011 – This article was part of an exciting and challenging month dedicated to discovering passions, setting goals, learning success strategies, and sharing thoughts to ponder throughout the day!  If you’d like to find out what this month was all about, check out FYI Month 2011 for more information!

FYI: For-Your-Inspiration Month!

“Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.”  ~ Jim Rohn

Your Body

“The human body is the only machine for which there are no spare parts.”  ~ Hermann M. Biggs

The last two days we discussed action and battling for control of our mind to take action.  Yet, how can we be fully ready to take action if our body isn’t prepared to keep up?  

Our body is the place we call home. By maintaining proper health and fitness we can take our body out of the equation as limitations to success. If I want to take action and I am limited by my body’s output, I get frustrated and feel like blaming myself for my lack of physical activity.  If I don’t have the energy I need, lack mental clarity, or feel stressed from work, than I know it’s time for me to get my butt in gear.  

When it comes to my body, I have one motto:  

Mind Say, Body Do.

When I say jump, I want my body to say how high?. When I say I need to complete a project, I want my body and mind to say right away sir!.  When our body is weak, our mind gets weak.  Yesterday’s topic discussed our body’s ability to manipulate our thoughts, and when our body is weak it has more power over our reasoning.  The healthier the body, the easier it is to maintain self-discipline. (Many of us have physical limitations, and by using your body more you can understand these limitations and learn to compensate with them.)

I have dreams and aspirations, and if my body can’t keep up, then I’ve got a problem.  Can your body keep up?

Body and Mind Benefits

“Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.”  ~ Irene Claremont de Castillejo

We all know that physical fitness is vitally important to maintain your health and build your immune system, so I won’t profess the importance here. The beauty of personal fitness is the fact that you can see and feel the results.  When you start to see the results, you feel encouraged and confident.  

The other great benefit of personal fitness is increased brain function! There is no other activity that can better regulate your brain chemistry, strengthen brain connections, increase mental clarity, relieve stress, and increase happiness levels.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”  ~ Buddha

Your Task

How do you feel right now? – Alive? Healthy? Energized? Focused?

Go over your fitness schedule from last year and see what you’d like to change or improve. If you are already doing great, I applaud you and encourage you to keep it up!

A few suggestions for this years fitness gains:

  • Discover new classes at your gym. Variety prevents boredom at the gym and increases your enjoyment and likelihood of continued attendance.
  • Use a partner. Can’t motivate yourself sometimes? Add some accountability to your workouts by getting a partner. This one suggestion alone will easily double your success rate.
  • Make your feet your friend. Cardiovascular exercising is the best for you and keeps your ticker strong. Get on an elliptical machine, treadmill, run around your city, take a walk through the park or even walk in place.
  • Stretch in the morning. Right after waking up I roll out of bed and spend 2-5 minutes stretching. This activates your muscles and sends signals to the brain which help waken you up. Stretching regularly helps prevents sprains and other injuries.
  • Set a routine – 3x per week for 1 hour? 5x per week for 20 minute? 7x per week for 10 minutes? Create a plan that works for you and is maintainable.
  • Start small and be reasonable. Don’t jump into a gym and start pumping iron like you did in your college days, you’ll only hurt yourself. And don’t beat yourself up when you aren’t even close to an older version of yourself.
  • Get excited – Don’t think about how difficult it will be, focus on the benefits you will gain from it. Feel better, look better, think better, improve your self-discipline, and have more freedom on what you eat!

Take care of your body, you only get one!

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