Actually, you do!

The problem is, most of the time you don’t make time for it.  I often give my patients a regiment that would eliminate their needing to go to a gym.   My patients learn my mantra for exercise -

“Exercise is moving your thighs!”

I suggest that everyone walk at least ½ hour twice a day, or keep track with a pedometer to a goal of 10K steps a day.   Many smartphones or iPods have a downloadable feature that eliminates you form buying a device, so its easy to implement.  Walking is something we should all do more regularly.

A regiment at home with dumbbells, barbells or kettlebells with 4 exercises of Deadlift, Squats, Lunges, Clean and Press would be more than adequate.  Do 3 sets of 10 of each exercise.  If you don’t know how to do these free weight exercises, get get some instruction with a personal trainer or physical therapist.  Its important to practice with good form, as that will prevent injury.

I regularly have instructed my patients with an hourly routine of 10 squats, pushups, trunk twists.  These 3 exercises take only about 2 minutes in total to do.  The idea is to do a set for every hour you are awake, or crank out a set every time you have to go use the restroom.  For beginners, they can do the following – 3 X Day Week one, 5 X Day Week Two, 8X Day Week 3, 10 X Day Week 4.  If you’re doing all these sets, by the end of the day, you’re in superfit condition!

Hang a chinup bar on the bathroom door.  Everytime you have to go, you have to pay yourself a chinup for entry and one for exiting the bathroom.

And for your own lifestyle, implement a regular practice of something that will hold your interest for a lifetime.  For some, its dance, others may consider Yoga, Tai Ji Quan,  or Qi Gong.  For me, its always been martial arts, as I get the entire mind, body, spirit and practical applications for it.  But if you do something everyday, it will break up the monotony of doing it yourself.

I’m sure you can think of more fun and creative ways to exercise without the expense of joining a gym, or having to drive, change, etc.

 

 

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Happiness…

March 5, 2012

In modern society, many people have what they need.  They may not have every want, but wants can be endless.

Needs are having air, food, exercise, health, sleep, detoxing, shelter, clothing, and love, without which you cannot exist.  Everything else can be considered icing on the cake and/or entertainment.

Love is having meaningful friendships and relationships.  These are relationships that nurture you and provide you with knowledge and quality time.

Quality time is that time where you are  nurtured, cared for, loved, fed, educated, restored, allowed to grow, harbored, offered refuge to, joked with, humored, laughing, playing, where hearts are open, not closed, shielded, withdrawn and neglected, or where feelings are not withheld, where you are trained, shared openly with, mentored, and allowed to keep your heart open.    It is a reciprocal relationship between people, not a one sided relationship where one gives and the other takes, which can leave one exhausted and overwhelmed.   It is a mature relationship of sharing, of mutual respect and care, and generosity of the soul.  It matters not if you’re rich or poor, but rather if you have enough love in your heart to care, and think of others, and not just yourself.  It is a matter of the golden mean, of putting your best efforts for others and putting others before yourself, as well as being big-hearted and generous.   Of course there will be people who don’t get it; but eventually they might awaken from their selfishness.  I like to think of it of having an attitude of gratitude and a life of sharing and caring.

Being financially limited does not mean you have to be poor in spirit.   Life is short, and often we never get to show or  say to people how much they mean to us.  And death can be as sudden as the snap of a finger.  Simple gestures carry a ton of sentiment, and quality time is one of the ways of sharing affection.

Life is a matter of putting in effort; what you get out of it is equivalent to what you put into it.  If you’re lazy and think these words are meaningless, then one really is missing common sense.  It matters not how beautiful you are on the outside, but how beautiful you are on the inside.  One generally gives more than they get back, but you’d be surprised what comes back to you if you dare live this way.

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