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.
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.
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.