Recharge the MIND recharge the BODY

Rest & Relaxation to     ” Recharge “

A  normal  resting  heart-rate  for adults ranges from 60 to  100 beats  a  minute  .  Generally , a lower heart-rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. For example ,  a well trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rate closer to 40 beats a minute

 

It  is  very  important  that  we understand  the  importance  of  rest  as  we  go  on  our  weight  loss  journey.  Rest and  exercise  go  hand  in  hand.    

REST

A  peaceful  sleep.    (Your body will tell you how long you need to sleep). Short power naps are great. Sleep is when the magic happens.

Allowing  our  bodies  to  re-charge. Like  charging a mobile/cell phone. This  includes  our  belly. We  need  to  give  it  a  rest  from  the  hard, energy- sapping  work  which it  does.

Here is a link which you might find interesting.     http://www.nextavenue.org>work-less-get-done. It’s a question-answer article written by a certain Mr Richard Eizenberg. He says that many of us are working like maniacs. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of the fascinating book, “Rest“, thinks it’s time to cut down on our maniacal approach and shows how this can be done in his book. More importantly, he says it’ll make us more productive.

We need a daily time of stillness. We need to spend time on our own in order to think and plan. Cannot afford to be continually caught up in the storm of life. Find 10 minutes when you can be all alone. This need not be a time (although it might) when you crawl into a cupboard at home or hide out under a bush in the garden. Different strokes for different folks. Go to a place of your choosing. Maybe it’s a bench in the garden where you can sit and drink a cup of coffee when everyone else has gone to bed or when everyone else is watching tv (if you have a family) . Maybe you decide to get up a few minutes earlier in the morning for your quiet time (the time I love best). Maybe it’s taking the dog for a walk. I don’t know what is best for you.

Just get some quiet time !! A rest break from the overheated engine. A time to calm that inner turbulence. Let go of the stresses of the day. Explore the healing power of silence. Think of the ritual of silence as a pit-stop for the soul. Its purpose is self-renewal and this is accomplished by spending time alone, immersed in the beautiful blanket of silence.

There are of course many ways to take a rest from the over-heated engine. Calming down after the storm each day. Getting close to nature is one . Soothing music is another. Be creative and come up with some of your own strategies for calming the storm. And the storm might be something stressful at work. Something a colleague or the boss has said which has upset you. That’s a storm in the head. What strategy have you created to calm that storm? Maybe you have gone to the toilet and turned the air blue with silent expletives and signs directed towards the source of the storm. And then opened the door and stepped into the office feeling better. The worst is to shout and scream back and forth. Always remember to let your emotions subside before you decide. Whether that decision is to resign, to apologise, to walk away and return when the person has calmed down or whatever. You know, it might even be a case of taking time out to just talk to your God. And maybe in the toilet behind closed doors 🙂 Just give yourself a moment to think, you will eventually know what you should do and how to do it. 

EXERCISE

 

As you nourish your mind so you nourish your body. Every day you must take time to nourish the temple of your body through rigorous exercise. Get your blood circulating and your body moving. The choices we have out there are unbelievable. Yoga and Pilates are great choices as they can be practised indoors or outdoors. Running, brisk walking, swimming, cycling, going to the gym, martial arts, participating in sport, making love etc etc etc. And it is a choice. Any activity that gets the heart pumping can only be good for one.

Physical exercise is any bodily activitiy that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons, including increasing growth and development preventing aging, strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system , honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance , and enjoyment . Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system and helps prevent “diseases of affluence” such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It may also to prevent stress and depression, increase quality of sleep and act as a non pharmaceutical sleep aid to treat diseases such as insomnia,  help promote or maintain positive self esteem , improve mental health , maintain steady digestion and treat constipation and gas, regulate fertility health, and augment an individual’s sex appeal or body image, which has been found to be linked with higher levels of self-esteem.

 

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4 thoughts on “Recharge the MIND recharge the BODY

  1. Hi Roy,
    I love the way the information is presented. At the beginning, I thought the article was for persons trying to lose weight, but as i continued to read i realise the information was relevant for a much wider audience. You are basically pitching the idea that a healthy mind will lead to a health body. My question to you is.. how can we ensure that we are resting? Is this as simple as being alone… or having 8 hours sleep per day,,,, or is there some purposeful tings we have to do to ensure that we are truly resting?

    1. Hi Kevin, thank you for visiting my little “shop”. Always enjoy having folk pop in for a chat and to share ideas and experiences.

      I believe big-time that a healthy mind will lead to a healthy body, Kevin. I also believe in the power of simplicity. So my thinking is this: I see my mind as a beautiful garden. Now if I love my garden at home, I would guard it against pests, so I do the same thing with my mind. I stand guard and try not to let one single negative thought (weed) to enter, and if it does I get in there quickly and pull it out. If we don’t watch them, they’ll take our garden.Have you read the book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari ? Well I developed my thinking from that book. Its a story of a superstar lawyer whose out-of-balance lifestyle leads him to an almost fatal heart attack in a packed court room. His physical collapse brings on a spiritual crisis that forces him to confront the condition of his life and seek answers to life’s most important questions. Hoping to find happiness and fulfillment, he embarks upon an extraordinary odyssey to an ancient culture , where he discovers a powerful system to release the potential of his mind, body and soul and learns to live with greater passion, purpose and peace. Brilliantly blending timeless spiritual wisdom of the East with cutting-edge success principles of the West, this inspiring tale shows you a step-by-step pathway for living with greater courage , balance, abundance and joy. Honestly, Kevin, a great read !

      Re your question on Resting. Again, I always keep things simple. I rest the mind and I rest the body depending on which one needs to be rested. Sometimes both need to be rested simultaneously. To rest the mind – a quality sleep ie undisturbed. To me, the number of hours that I sleep in unimportant as long as its undisturbed. A short 15-30 min power nap on a Sat and Sun afternoon also does wonders for my mind (and body). But not just sleep. Anything we do where we can take our minds off something that might be “worrying” us, the little storms, is resting the mind. Whatever “floats your boat” as they say, Kevin. Meditation (in a place of your choice – bath with candles, a quiet spot with a coffee, a chat on the phone with a pal, exercise, telly, music – so may different options. And just for a few minutes. A power nap but without the bed/couch and closed eyes  🙂

      Hope I’ve answered your question, Kevin.

      Be healthy, be happy be safe – to you and yours. 

      Sincerely,

      Roy 

  2. I agree with you that rest, relaxation and exercise are crucial for helping us lead healthy lives. You mention that proper sleep is important but I’ve only recently been reading about how important it actually is. There are exceptions but the average person requires between 7-9 hours a night to avoid adverse health risks and very few of us get that on a regular basis. Insufficient sleep can also lead to weight gain as well as a range of illnesses and many people aren’t aware of this. I was wondering if there are any particular foods or diet that you recommend in order to stay healthy.

    1. Hi Lynn,

      Thank you for visiting my little “shop” and for sharing with me. I love hearing the thinking and experiences of others. 

      Re the subject of sleep, my belief is that it’s the quality and not the quantity of sleep that one gets. In my opinion , four hours of peaceful, undisturbed sleep is far better for my health than 8 hours of disturbed sleep. And I also believe that our bodies tell us when they have had enough sleep. When we are growing, lengthy sleeps are good for the health and also if we are extremely active eg like professional sportsmen and women. But someone like me doesn’t need hours and hours of sleep. I suppose it’s all relative. Some need more sleep than others.

      Re healthy Foods – there are so may delicious, healthy foods out there, Lynn, I reckon it’s just a question of taste really. I eat a lot of chicken and fish and I’ll have a nice piece of steak every two weeks or so. I also eat stacks of veggies and fruit. Love nuts . I love a burger but might have one every three weeks or so. Also eat crisps and chocolate and cake, but have cut down drastically on anything containing sugar. Just wanted you to know though that I haven’t cut them out altogether. Can’t deny our bodies forever !

      So this is what a normal day might look like for me:

      Breakfast:  A poached egg with sliced tomato on toast. Sliced orange, sliced melon.

      Lunch:  fish/chicken & salad  (lettuce, tomato, grapes, cucumber, brocoli (raw), grated carrot, peppers)

                   Avacado is my absolute favourite !!

                   a slice of toast with marmite/honey and a few nuts

                   green or red bush tea – no milk or sugar

      Supper: Cooked meal  –  chicken/fish or red meat – done in whatever way – with stacks of cooked vegetables.

      min / medium / max    – I have a medium helping

      Hope this information was useful, Lynn. Do pop in again sometime. You will be warmly welcomed.

      Roy

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