“Fitness can be misconstrued as being very vain and self-centered. But it’s deeper than that. You can overcome and achieve anything with mental fortitude, determination and discipline”F. Akers
Exercise has been instrumental in my healing journey. It has given me mental clarity and has sharpened my discernment: indispensable tools in winning the war against distorted thinking.
Distorted thinking is the product and at the same time the foundation of the generalized state of anxiety and defensiveness that so many of us find ourselves in as a consequence of the emotional trauma and belittelment suffered as children.
Exercise, through its mental effects, not only fosters emotional healing; it fosters success.
What do I mean by that?
It is an irrefutable fact that high-performing individuals are also high-energy individuals. In general, it can also be said that most high performers are successful people.
When we talk about success, some of the ideas that come to mind are: the ability to achieve a predetermined goal; bring a project to life, create and implement novel concepts….To me, real success is the ability to do the former without sacrificing your physical and emotional well-being or your family’s well-being. And herein lies the challenge: How can I be a high performer at work without depleting my energy stores or depriving my loved ones of attention and care? How can become a high energy person?
There’s one activity through which we can “kill two birds with one stone”: physical activity will protect our health while energizing us at the same time! It even prevents aging as it resets (turns back) the mitochondrial clock of our muscle cells.
“It seems as if the decline in cellular health of muscles associated with aging was “corrected” with exercise; especially if it was intense” says Dr. Sreekumaran Nair, a Professor of Medicine and endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic. “In fact, older people’s cells responded in some way more robustly to intense exercise than the cells of the young did- suggesting, he says, that it is never too late to benefit from exercise”
Other equally beneficial effects of exercise are its antidepressant and anxiolytic properties… let us also not forget the sense of well-being, clarity and accomplishment after a workout, and most importantly, the ability to magically feel more energized even though the actual energy expenditure was increased!
Consistently and without a doubt, exercise improves self- confidence and empowers you as an individual. It will slow down the aging process and will help you maintain a life/work balance through the art of creating energy when there seemed to be none left to give to the world.