in the Subconscious
I missed something, like July or a warm and sunny summer day? I
spent my life savings on a hammock and a fancy picnic table with
an expansive umbrella that cranks open and tilts. They sit on my
deck like long-suffering golden retrievers with balls lodged in
their mouths waiting for me to come out and play. It's too cold
to play and it looks like rain.
and shine, kids. We are not meant for moping in gloom and growing
reserve fuel deposits around our middle and backside. If we were,
most of us would be getting awards for outstanding achievement.
Today we talk about revving up the metabolism, stimulating muscle
response and mobilizing fat. This does not happen without exercise.
hear the ruffle of newspaper as pages are swiftly turned to the
Arts & Entertainment section. Good. That leaves you and me for some
serious conversation. Exercise is a primary ingredient in preventive
medicine and the medical practice of life extension, two of the
largest growing specialties in the medical field today. Treatment
is not entirely holistic and not without the presence of sophisticated
prescription drugs. But progressive and healthy mind management,
exercise and diet govern the direction we go as time passes.
The masses join the masses in mass success seminars, multi-level
marketing rituals and jubilant self-improvement movements that arouse
hopes, stimulate latent crowd-adrenalin and light fuses of dynamite
emotion only to resound in a small pop. You want to move on, consider
spending some time with yourself, undistracted, un-frazzled and
friendly. You're the best you've got.
Some of us find this easy and desirable. Some spend too much time
alone and most find it uncomfortable without music, TV, a crossword
puzzle or other distracting mechanisms. We are social creatures
and there is nothing like a close friend, a good group and an occasional
crowd. In the city one can accomplish solitude in the ever-present
mob with practiced facility. Learn to be alone, to get alone with
yourself and let there be you. Put things together.
What things? No, not things like who are we and where did we come
from. I'm talking about exercise. Don't expect permanent and healthy
body transformation without it. Training performed properly and
consistently is an intimate experience. Haphazard exercise is neither
effective nor satisfying. However, may I remind you, exercise done
badly works better than no exercise at all: practice makes perfect.
your workouts going well, okay or so-so? Oh... not at all? A minor
setback, not to worry. Could be worse. You could be reading the
comics while eating a donut with your morning coffee.
you know that designing a solid workout routine and a sensible menu
is the least difficult part of arranging a program for a hopeful
trainee? The confounding task is to get him to do it. Motivation.
Incentive. Purpose. Downside consequences. They are novel to only
a few and act as stimuli for only a short time. I wonder if this
purpose for recommending time alone to put things together is directly
related to establishing exercise and its associates (good food and
eating practices, constructive attitude and behavior) as your life-long
companions, not the temporary nuisance they appear to be. This can
be done via willpower and determination and discipline but such
qualities are obviously in short supply. The remaining option is
as old as mankind: self-programming, much the same as one programs
a computer, through intentional and consistent input of positive
data. I call this positive thinking with muscle and might.
It's time for a little soul searching. Who are you, who would you
like to be and what do you want to accomplish in the fitness area?
Pose the questions clearly and emphatically and establish the answers
with muscle and might. Visualize them in realistic and uncomplicated
detail and present them to yourself with passion and truth. Imagine
them as being real and already accomplished, a sort of constructive
do you see the need for private and undisturbed time? The procedure
calls for freedom. Hey retain your humility.
that the process works though you don't understand the miracle anymore
than you understand your heartbeat. It's a slow process but as sure
as passing time. You are in some painless and invisible way accelerating
toward the goals and visions you imagine and feed to your silent
invisible partner, the subconscious. I have oversimplified a fantastic
process that has helped me for a hundred years.
you recall in the spring when I applied mild pressure to get you
in your sneakers, out the door and into a vigorous walk? This is
the oldest and most reliable method to begin the exercise process
and prepare one for more productive and specific exercise that builds
muscle and strength and burns fat. I like spontaneity and recommend
you practice the free-spirit approach on occasion to stretch your
comfort zone, feel the rush and identify its power. It is during
these walks that you can research and apply the fascinating procedures
Recently, I presented a survey to a group of overweight adults committed
to the process of losing weight and shaping up. The only participants
who were successful at achieving permanent weight loss were those
who added regular resistance exercise to their life-long regimen
of smart eating. Their visualized self overcame their old self in
thought and deed. They were once troubled and now stood out like
brightly colored wild flowers in sun-parched fields.
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