Lilttle Exercise A Little Every Day To Stay Strong
New CDC numbers say 2/3 of Americans meet their exercise guidelines. Some interpret this that most of the Americans do exercise, others say 30 percent of the U.S. population does not meet the exercise guidelines. One of the top exercise coaches of our nation Jennifer Kries writes in how to stay strong during this challenging time.
When I think about where we all are right now in this time of tremendous economic strife and strain, my mind goes to the wisdom of my old friend, William James, the 19th and 20th Century psychologist and philosopher. William James was a big proponent of respecting and nourishing the body-mind connection, and evidence of this shows up in a good bit of his philosophical writings. I have often found myself smiling when I go back into my own archives and read what he wrote all the way back in the late 1800’s—nothing has changed really about human psychology and our pre-dispositions … our tendency to allow ourselves to get pulled off-center and become consumed by the concerns of life. And in so doing , we forget to take care of ourselves, we neglect ourselves. Tell me, do you neglect your pet? Forget to feed him, walk him? Do you neglect your child? No.
Never more than now have we needed to be reminded of how vital it is to take care of ourselves, to eat well, sleep well, and MOVE our bodies! Being resilient requires nourishment—of the body, mind and the spirit. When you care for yourself, and more specifically, when you engage in an activity that stimulates the magical chain of chemical events in your body—the release of endorphins and serotonin, you create remarkable possibilities for good health, reduced stress and peace of mind, which then translates into greater overall strength and stamina, an empowered sense of the self, better interactions with others (even less stress) and likely better lovin’, more productivity, more opportunity! And these days, we need our wits about us! We need our wits to create new ideas if the old ones aren’t working any more.
This is a challenging time for sure— but we have a choice—we can look at it through dark lenses, or through the lens of change and opportunity. This can be a time of cleansing, clearing and renewal. Any period of adversity challenges us to rise to the occasion, to make it count. And if we succeed in adapting to it and moving with it and in essence “riding it out” in style, we evolve as a result. We are better for it.
Read a bit from my old friend, James …
“Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul’s resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed. ”
And he goes on to espouse the virtues of staying strong …
“Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. That is, be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.”
Dancer, choreographer, yoga devotee, author and Pilates Master Teacher, Jennifer is an unparalleled innovator in alternative health and fitness. First to bring Pilates to the masses, her award-winning videos, The Method, revolutionized the fitness community, starting the explosive wave of enthusiasm for Pilates. She is also the creator of another groundbreaking DVD series, the recently released Hot Body Cool Mind: The Life Force Power System! Visit Jennifer at JenniferKries.com.