It is an act of love to do daily exercise because you can’t give what you haven’t got?
Giving yourself some health is a big piece of TLC.
However, if the exercise you do on a daily basis turns into a chore and it’s not an act of love, it’s an act of self abuse.
There is certainly a fine line between abusing yourself with exercise that is almost like a punishment, and enjoying challenging your body to remain healthy and youthful.
Recent research has uncovered an amazing inside into exercise routines. For the weekend warrior this is called burst training. The simple idea is that you go until you burst, then rest and recover, then do it again.
More scientifically the idea is to raise your heart rate to approximately 90% M H R for 30 seconds, then wait until you recover to approximately 60% M H R, and then do it again. The total time spent in this burst training mode is around 10 min
Science has proven that if you do the burst at full speed, in other words sprint as hard as you can, then wait for recovery before you burst again, you may only get 2 or 3 burst 30 seconds sprints in the 10 min. because your recovery rate may be slow. But within a very short period of time what you’ll notice is the recovery rate improving and you will most likely get 10 bursts in 10 min.
For all intents and purposes this is the best and most accurate definition of good health; Recovery rate.
For me, the magic is being able to diversify my daily burst training. On Monday I swim for 10 min. using the burst model with my heart rate monitor to tell me how long I have to wait in between laps. on Tuesday I use my exercise bike, Wednesday I run in the water [my back won’t permit running on hard surface], Thursday I’m back in the pool and Friday back on the bike. On the weekend I try to find something I haven’t done for a while.
Variety is the spice of life and I fully enjoy doing different things on different days and I schedule these different activities with my working program.
I don’t consider these burst training events as any form of preparation for a competitive sport. Instead I call it self-respect. Just as I call eating the right food self-respect.
Positive personal change through higher consciousness brings home the reality that you can’t treat others better than you treat yourself, you can’t give what you haven’t got. The world is full of people telling each other how to live their lives but totally unable to walk the talk. Self worth and self respect begin with how we treat our body.
I met a person who was grossly overweight whose profession it was to help others through crisis. It would appear to me that this person needed to help themselves through their health crisis first.