If you are struggling with poor health the world of sport and exercise may feel a million miles away. The Fitness industry assaults us with images of how we need to look to be ‘fit’, and sells us the paraphernalia we need to reach the limits of our potential. Fitness experts tell us to ‘feel the burn’, ‘rest turns to rust’, and ‘just do it’!
If your health is compromised or you have unwittingly become deconditioned, this image and perception of exercise can be alienating, excluding and disheartening. You feel that you can ‘only JUST do it’....and no more! The danger is that we throw out the baby with the bathwater and miss the vital message of the necessity of keeping active, and the benefits of tuning into and enjoying your moving body.
If we look at the physical structure of our body is and how we function best, there is little doubt that we are designed to move. There is growing evidence of the physical and emotional benefits of exercise and keeping yourself moving at whatever level you can manage. Please have a look at the ‘Effects of reduced activity’ page-you may be surprised! It’s also important to combine movement and exercise with a respectful understanding of your individual limitations, balancing exercise with nurturing forms of relaxation and rest. You can get some ideas on how to pace out your energy in the ‘Finding Balance’ section.
This page takes a look at some important issues to consider when we think about building stamina and endurance in our physical body. There is some simple advice on how to begin to hold yourself well, so that you feel balanced and aligned, making moving and breathing more effortless. I have included a simple ‘posture meditation’. You will find information on what happens when we reduce our level of activity, as well as how to begin to build stamina and how to progress.
Exercise physiology and coaching is a huge subject. In this section I can offer simple, practical and accessible advice, designed to help people struggling with fatigue, pain and compromised health. I am convinced that it is possible to transcend many forms of health difficulty by developing an ability to hold ourselves kindly and well, and begin to move in a way which maximises our body’s amazing adaptability and resilience.
If your health has become compromised it can take time before you begin to really notice and feel the benefits of your exercise plan. Be persistent and patient, and if you begin to feel despondent, look at the video clip in ‘What exercise can do for you’!
May you enjoy moving well.