Written by John Immel,
Professional athletes that want to push their body must take care to build and maintain Ojas - and avoid the temptation to lose too much weight. Weight loss dries out your body which will eventually grind down your joints.
For the individual who isn't used to exercising, even a five minute stretch can be a great start. Who knows, it may eventually lead to a daily 20 minute walk!
For those with a long workday, take a short walk in the afternoon on your break from work or at lunch, especially if your job involves sitting all day. It will keep your blood from feeling heavy and stagnant. Stretch every time you go to the bathroom. If you work from home or have some privacy, stretch whenever you are talking on the phone.
Tips to Improve Athletic & Exercise Performance
Exercise Warms You UpFeel cold all the time? Daily exercise will keep your inner fire strong and you'll feel warm. You'll need at least 20 minutes a day outdoors to experience these benefits. Exercise also lightens up your mind and keeps you thinking clearly for the rest of the work day, as well as working out any aches and pains that may creep in during a long day of sitting.
Build ConfidenceGentle exercise is a win-win activity. As it strengthens your bones, muscles, and circulatory system. It also detoxifies your body, improves mental clarity, and reduces stress. It improves your emotional state and can interrupt the debilitating loop of sadness and depression. Over time you will begin to feel more confident. In Ayurveda, the emotional function of muscle tissue is confidence. You will notice as your muscles become stronger you will feel like you can do anything. You'll climb the stairs more easily, pick up your child without straining, get the new job you want, and feel happier in your skin.
Enjoy the ExerciseAs you exercise, focus on what you enjoy about exercise rather than the thought "I am doing this to lose weight," or "I am doing this because I am supposed to." Attune your senses to the moment and environment as you walk or move, whether it's on a beautiful mountain path, a city street, or your living room. When you exercise outdoors enjoy the sound of birds and the beauty of nature. The fact is that exercise makes you feel good. Spending time in nature helps your body acclimate to the season.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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