Balance – Work-In? Or Work-Out?

March 24th, 2017 Posted by Workout No Comment yet

The 13th century Persian Poet Rumi said “life is a balance of holding on & letting go”.


For centuries both philosophers & scientists have written extensively about how the human body requires balance on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually.

With regards to exercise via memetic programming most of us initially think to achieve our health & fitness goals like weight-loss or a change in body shape or improve our sporting performance we need to do MORE!

With regards to exercise via memetic programming most of us initially think to achieve our health & fitness goals like weight-loss or a change in body shape or improve our sporting performance we need to do MORE!

MORE like… work-out, more like faster! More like longer duration, more frequency of a particular exercise… There’s a saying “that more of the same equals more of the same” – in the case of human beings more often leads to degeneration (especially over the medium to long term). It’s not that what you are or are not doing is incorrect. It’s a question of balance – physical, mental, emotional & spiritual balance. The human body super compensates during periods of recovery like good restorative sleep, or movement patterns like Yoga & Tia Chi & doing things that make you happy for example.

Our nervous system basically has two parts; parasympathetic & sympathetic. Parasympathetic equates to rest pair/rebuild/homeostasis & sympathetic equates to fight/flight/stress/increased aging/degeneration.

Both parts of our nervous system are essential to our survival but many of us in our ‘modern’ lifestyles spend prolonged periods of time (often unknowingly) in a near constant sympathetic/fight/flight dominance state.

This part of our nervous system was only ever intended to be utilised by our body for short periods of time when our body was placed under excessive stress like running from a predator or fighting for our lives or in times of famine – today these could be equated to poor quality or lack of sleep, infrequent eating, over training/lack of recovery or being in personal or professional relationships that make you unhappy.

Once clear of such life threatening dangers our nervous system would then ‘switch’ to being parasympathetic/recover so our body could super compensate to life threatening from such stressors.

Part of our purpose in life is to find our own personal balance point. To establish what is & isn’t conducive to our own personal legacy.

Often in our (many) attempts to find balance in our lives we place ourselves (knowingly or not?) in situations that compromise our health & well-being, I believe this is both natural & essential to our growth as human beings.
It is from these often challenging & sometimes life threatening experiences we are reminded what matters most, what is sustainable & what makes us happy.

I can’t remember the psychologist’s name who said “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”

So be it health & fitness related or anything else in life every now & again ask yourself “do I want what I’m getting?” If the answer is “Yes” then you have established some good balance in your life. If however your answer is “No” then ask yourself “what can I learn from my current choices?” “What do I want to get?” “What matter most?” & “What makes me happy?”

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