“Exercise is the single most important medicine available to men and women.” –Dr. Trip Goolsby

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “exercise,” I immediately cringe as images of sweat, pain and self-imposed abuse come to mind. In fact, I have been working on a method of burning calories by thought for at least a decade now… to no avail, I regretfully admit. Then I realized that exercise doesn’t have to be some grueling tortuous experience that I have to do because I’ve been guilted into it, or because I hate the way I look in the mirror and therefore I must punish myself. My body does not have to be punished into shape. My body can be blessed and loved into shape, and by doing this, my body will serve me more beautifully, energetically, and more functionally.

Our body is a magnificent “machine” that houses our soul, temporarily. In the pursuit of fulfilling our passion and our purpose, it would stand to reason that we would honor and bless our bodies. Our cells hold memory, like water holds memory, as shown by Masaru Emoto whose research and findings on how the vibrations of various words affects water. [1] When we criticize our bodies, when we consistently focus on what we don’t like about ourselves, whatever it is we are actually harming and damaging the very cells and fibers of our being that we expect to serve us. We wouldn’t talk to our children, pets or friends the way we talk to ourselves. Isn’t it time that we started blessing our bodies, appreciating how amazing and reliable our mind is, our reflexes are, how beautiful our eyes are, how grateful we are that we have these amazing senses that allow for the very experience of this thing called life.

So, now we know that we need to mentally and vocally express love to our body, but we still loathe exercising. If that’s how you feel, stop exercising. Instead find and do something you love. If you hate running and it feels like you are punishing your body when you do it, then please stop punishing your body. If you love running, then run! If you love to lift weights, get up and do it! If you love yoga, engage! For me, I love spinning. I’ve learned (after buying a stationary bike which essentially turned into a fancy clothes holder) that I need the class setting with the loud upbeat music, the motivational instructor and the tools by which I can measure my success. (There is a great place called ROLL on Ryan Street if you would like to join me!) I know that I enjoy tennis and volleyball, and by participating in them, I am having fun and my body is reaping the benefits.

If you are still wondering why you need to get on up from that couch and move it move it, here are a few additional benefits:

  • Better sleep
  • Better sex
  • Longer life (thereby providing more opportunities for numbers 1 and 2, above)
  • Sharper mind
  • Lowers risks for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses and diseases
  • May reduce symptoms of depression.

Here is a great video by Teal Swan that expands on the same sentiment I have provided above. To learn more about mind, body and soul healthcare or about our integrative health clinic in Lake Charles, fill out a form online or give us a call today.

Sources: [1] Masaru Emoto, available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaru_Emoto