Video Intro to Highways of the Mind

Monday, June 21, 2010

Highways of the Mind {Stop Two}


Let me congratulate you for seeking information that will improve your way of living. I’m sure it was quite by accident but you’ve stumbled into the right place. With a little bit of my help and your determination there’s no way you can lose. The next step is to decide that you are going to be physically and mentally fit. This place called Fitness is intended to help you reach that decision and make it one of your goals.

Staying fit mentally and physically takes a lifelong commitment involving time and effort. Exercising the mind and body has to be done regularly without question. Being happy and healthy is a positive resource that can easily be planted in your subconscious mind. Convincing yourself of all the benefits of a healthy mind and body by using self suggestion techniques will insure your success.

When starting out on a new exercise program I want you to realize that patience is essential. It took years of sedentary living to put you in the shape that you’re in so you won’t regain what you’ve lost overnight.( Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m assuming that you are not in the best physical shape.) The secret is to persevere and the reward is well worth waiting for.

Let me give you my definition of physical fitness; being physical fit is the ability to perform at your highest peak. You will look, react and feel like the fine tuned engine of a luxury automobile. Nothing will pass your attention and nothing will pass you by.

Before you start a vigorous exercise program make sure you don’t have any physical limitations. If you are over thirty five years old make sure you get a physical examination. Let the Doctor get you started on the right foot. Success of any kind is done a step at a time so put your right foot forward.

It is important to remember that fitness is influenced by age, sex, habits, exercise and diet; therefore it varies from person to person. When you set up a schedule for a routine exercise program set it up to meet your own particular needs. If you are not Samson looking to impress Delilah don’t go to the extreme.

Keep moving for better health. Walking at a moderate pace can reduce the storage of fat in your body, running or jogging is even better. It is a known fact that people who exercise by jogging, walking, or running store less fat in their bodies then the people that don’t. Less fat means lower rates of diabetes and therefore less heart related diseases.

After all is said and done there really is only one sure fire way to begin and maintain a fitness program. Believe it or not it all has to start with a firm commitment burned like a brand into your subconscious and conscious mind...

Here are a few guide lines that will help you gain and maintain a healthy body and mind. Believe me, they both work together and each feeds the other.

WARMUP - 5-10 minutes of exercises such as walking, slow jogging, knee lifts, arm circles or trunk rotations. Low intensity movements that stimulate movements to be used in the activity can also be included in the warm-up.

MUSCULAR STRENGTH - Do a minimum of two 20-minute sessions per week that include exercises for all the major muscle groups. Lifting weights is the most effective way to increase strength.

MUSCULAR ENDURANCE - At least three 30-minute sessions each week that include exercises such as calisthenics, pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and weight training for all the major muscle groups.

CARDIORESPIRATORY ENDURANCE – Do at least three 20-minute bouts of continuous aerobic (activity requiring oxygen) rhythmic exercise each week. Popular aerobic conditioning activities include brisk walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, rope-jumping, rowing, cross-country skiing, and some continuous action games like racquetball and handball.

FLEXIBILITY - 10-12 minutes of daily stretching exercises performed slowly without a bouncing motion. This can be included after a warm-up or during a cool down.

COOL DOWN - A minimum of 5-10 minutes of slow walking.

Change your way of thinking and make these activities a part of your life for the rest of your life. Use the exercises that I have outlined for you to firm this commitment

Your body and your mind are loving companions that want to take good care of each other. Using the power of positive suggestion the mind will keep the body physically happy and by the same token the physically happy body will help keep the mind active and alert. Keep this thought in mind and you will have a successful journey from the day you begin until the day you reach your destination.

Proper nutrition is also important in maintaining a healthy body and mind. There are six main classes of nutrients that the body needs: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. It is important to consume these six nutrients on a daily basis to build and maintain a healthy body. This isn’t hard to do if you combine your main dish with veggies, soup, and a salad topped off with a glass of water or juice. Eat small amounts and eat when you’re hungry. If you haven’t taken care of your mind and body for a long time exercise and nutrition have been in the trunk, now is the time to take them out and put them back to work.

It is a fact that improving the awareness of nutritious meal choices and establishing long-term habits of healthy eating has a positive effect on memory capacity, potentially increasing your ability to process and retain critical information. It is also a fact that physical fitness has the same effect. Now you know why I’ve included this section in my text.

The mind is the key to the vehicle that travels the roads and byways of time. While traveling the highway that leads to success don’t let the boulders and obstacles that clutter the highway cause you to detour. Take a straight road to your success and fix all the problems that get in your way.
Our next stop on our little journey is in a place called Faith. You can’t miss it, there’s a little white church on the corner and the congregation is singing Amazing Grace.

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