Exercise

Setting a goal is one thing but achieving that goal requires the synthesis of all of the four components that make up a human life: lifestyle, physical state, mental state, and spirituality.

Importance of Exercise

With routine exercise comes structure and discipline and this, in turn, strengthens all areas of our lives. Without self-discipline we end up with chaos and dysfunction that will eventually be manifested in one or more areas of our life.

To begin the endeavor of incorporating exercise into your lifestyle, it is important to evaluate the type of lifestyle you have. Many of us have hectic, fast-paced lifestyles that leave us with very little time for extra-curricular activities. Set realistic goals as you design your exercise program. Be sure to incorporate strength, flexibility as well as cardiovascular activities from the start. All three of these facets are keys to a well-rounded fitness program.

Begin your program only when you are able to commit to exercise on a regular basis. We all have obstacles that prevent us from committing. Working around those obstacles is just a matter of conviction and discipline. You will need to determine which time of the day best suits your schedule and lifestyle.  Put aside one hour to accomplish the activity. This may mean waking up one hour earlier, although it does not necessarily mean you will be exercising for that length of time initially. But it is important to give yourself enough time so you are not rushed.

As the days and weeks progress, the structure you have defined for your exercise will slowly evolve into other avenues of your lifestyle. Exercise is a great source of mental cleansing from the stresses of the day and a great way just to get out and enjoy the fresh air. As you move closer and closer to achieving your goal, you will begin to possess mental freedom  -- and that feels really good! Your body will respond with physical strength and stamina you never thought possible. Spiritually, you will experience a higher sense of being and a stronger sense of comfort with yourself and with others.


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