By Vali Majd
Did it ever occur to you that being fit does not mean being healthy? We assume that fitness training is equivalent to being healthy. This is a notorious presumption.
Health- a constant state of awe and wellbeing appears to be more of an internal affair than an external physical manifestation. Do not get me wrong: physical fitness is a must, a given when it comes to health. It is however a small part of the equation that gets too much attention. Any obsession, including that of being healthy is a sign of imbalance and dissatisfaction with one self. As such, it important to examine why one undertakes fitness training. There is no doubt that there is a direct connection between looking good and feeling good. However, if one follows modern fashion trends and further studies the effects of those trends in relation to health and wellbeing, it becomes quickly apparent that being tall and skinny is not necessarily healthy. If you are shorter or rounder, does this mean you cannot feel good about yourself, and be healthy?
Here are some very basic tips to help you engage in healthy fitness training.
Don’t become fanatical. Training regimens are great, but becoming fanatical regarding any aspects of your training is not healthy. Don’t use this argument as a reason not to train, rather use it as a guide to diversify your training.
Work with the seasons and landscapes. Work with what you have. There are many different ways to enjoy fitness training. But none as much as blending training with a healthy dose of interaction with the elements and nature. As a result training regimen changes with the seasons
Avoid impacts. Avoid any kind of practice that requires or puts you in a position to absorb shocks repeatedly. Working a punching bag can be very detrimental to the brain. Even running can be detrimental to some joints. You may enjoy some of your practices now, but your knees need to stay healthy for the rest of your life.
Focus on your breath first. Whatever activities you engage in, take the time to pay attention to your breath. Unnecessarily holding your breath creates tension in your body and organs, and limits the smooth flow of movement. Learn to inhale in the nose and out the mouth and remember to start inhaling before starting your movement. Always breath first!
Train without mirrors. Yes. it is difficult, but you should get your source of inspiration elsewhere that in a narcissistic reflection of your own self. While mirrors have some use in training, too much time spent in front of them is unhealthy.
Rest well. A third of being healthy is getting enough quality rest and sleep. Are you getting yours?
Interact with cold water. After each training session, get in the habit of interacting with any form of cold water. This could be a cold shower, a dip in a lake, a stream or in the ocean, or simply dousing using a bucket. There are many benefits to this practice, which I have written about in the past..
Systema health applications are vast and are becoming more and more recognized worldwide. Enjoy your training!