We all know what exercise is. Moving our bodies, working-out, lifting weights, running, walking, aerobics, swimming, sports and the list goes on and on…
The original sense of the word exercise may have been “driving farm animals to the field to plow.” The original meaning in Latin for exercitium is physical activity. The word exercise was first recorded in English late 14c. The word exercere meaning “keep busy, drive on.” Moving, motion and activity of the body is exercise though it can be so much more. When we exercise our physical body, there are many benefits. The body muscles gain strength, flexibility and endurance.
Imagine if when we exercise, we activated or exercised our brain. The new world of Brain Fitness is all about exercising the brain through puzzles, playing cards or reading. When we think, we activate the “little grey cells” and we revitalize the brain. When we talk, we are activating the brain. If we walk (body fitness) and talk (brain fitness) that’s a neurological process called dual-tasking and is very healthy for our brains and body (not to be confused with multi-tasking which is NOT healthy for the brain or body).
Now, imagine engaging your emotions into your exercise, Being very aware and focused on your activity. Inwardly saying positive affirmations or positive self-talk to reinforce the exercise you are doing. This engages the emotional body and puts a powerful energy into the movement. And, if you invite your spirit to play in the exercise, you benefit, too. With a strong connection, a meditative and in the Zone experience during your exercise, you will feel this powerful action and increased fitness.
So, find an exercise program that speaks to this whole body approach (mind, body, emotion and spirit. You will have a very powerful work-out! ZENgevity is one such modality.
Much Joy and Love To You,
Georgia Lee London