To exercise with love

To exercise with love

To exercise with love

Regular exercise is a simple way to take care of our health and wellbeing.

At present there is a worldwide “Physical Inactivity Epidemic” with up to 40%-60% of adults not participating in regular physical activity or exercise of any kind. Given that the benefits of exercise are so widely known, why are there so many inactive people? Could it be that a lot of people don’t enjoy the way exercise is currently presented?

Science has shown that up to 80% of all illness and disease may be related to physical inactivity. This suggests that by supporting individuals to increase their activity levels, we are potentially supporting humanity to increase their health and wellbeing. This is especially important for an ever aging population, with the forecast that more than 50-60% of the overall population will be over the age of 50 in the next twenty years.

These rates of physical inactivity as well as the rates of obesity have been increasing over the last 10-20 years, in most well developed countries. This doesn’t make sense given that in the last 10-20 years there have also been advancements and increased availability to health care services, gyms, exercise organisations and health promotion to support increased physical activity and healthy lifestyles... so what is really going on?

The philosophies of The Ageless Wisdom and The Esoteric Modalities are primarily geared towards ‘whole health’, on a physical, mental and energetic level.

At Unimed Living we deeply care that a large percentage of humanity are not only becoming less active and more obese, but on the whole humanity are getting less and less healthy, with increases in rates of illness and disease. These are not just numbers we are talking about, these are hundreds and thousands of people.

40%-60% of inactive adults worldwide is between 2,100,000,000 and 3,150,000,000 people, considering that the adult population of the world is approximately 5,300,000,000 people. The exercise philosophies presented on this site are for whole health, to support the development of not only a fit body, but a healthy, strong and vital body on all levels; physically, emotionally, psychologically and soulfully.

Exercising for physical, emotional, psychological and quality health is very connected with the body and is very self-caring and self-nurturing. Exercising in such a way not only inspires increased feelings of self-worth and wellbeing but encourages us to not push our bodies in a way that is hard or beyond it’s capacity.

Therefore, exercise carries no unnecessary strain, tension or harm on the nervous, endocrine (including adrenals) and cardiovascular systems. There is also no unnecessary tension or hardness in the connective tissues and muscles and no excessive force or jarring in the joints and bones.

At present much of the exercise available for humanity is not with the focus of whole health, and does in fact place unnecessary strain on the internal physiology, external physical structure and even psychological health.

Many individuals are never satisfied with their physical appearance and compare themselves with the body images presented in magazines and social media that constantly encourage better or more, even at the expense of the body. This is evident by the increase in muscle building and steroid use in teenage boys and young adult men, and the increase in anorexia and bulimia and body image issues in teenage girls and young adult women.

This form of exercise for mind, body and soul is in absolute connection and harmony with the body, in a way that is very self-caring and nurturing. This often means no music, no trainer telling people what to do, and no encouragement to push hard or toughen up. The key is the connection to the body, by choosing to feel and be consciously present with our body during exercise, and honouring the entire body and being within each movement. The intensity of an exercise workout is monitored according to the quality of breath and the presence of any sign of physical strain or tension in the body, including the quality of our posture and connective tissue.

Exercise can be a way to develop a loving connection and intimate relationship with our body, to not only care for it tenderly, but also to honour what it needs on a daily basis.

Choosing to exercise regularly in a very connected, gentle and honouring way to not only support the body physically, but also support our being and the way we are with our body every day. For example, knowing what our body needs in any given moment and responding to this (rather than overriding it for other needs) is an extremely powerful tool to not only develop connection and confidence in our body, but also to develop confidence in life, feeling what is going on around us, and expressing ourselves in a way that is needed.

Ultimately exercise can be an AMAZING tool to develop our relationships with ourselves, to build self worth and self-love. From this foundation, we are more able to truly enjoy and engage in life that we then naturally will share with others.

To exercise with love – means to listen to the body and never push it beyond its limits.

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Going to the gym for self-love rather than recognition

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