the physical vehicle. Love it, Honor it, and Cherish it.
Speak very well of it, and intend that it perform at optimum capacity."
- Barbara Marciniuk, "Bringers of the Dawn."
to create the Spirit as faithfully and as beautifully as you can in the flesh."
-Jane Roberts, "The Nature of Personal Reality."
The combination of belief, emotion, imagination, and deliberate physical action are the key to a lifetime of physical fitness. An important part of any physical exercise plan is self-knowledge. You must become keenly aware of your own body - of how it feels, what it needs, and how it responds in various situations.
The first step in developing an exercise regime is to set specific, clear-cut goals: to specify the physical dimensions and benefits that you desire. The easiest way to do this is to begin an exercise journal where you can write down your goals, measurements, daily experience, and insights gleaned during your chosen activity. Find a sturdy book, with a cover that catches your interest to record in. Choose the headings that you wish to include, and prepare to record your experience after each exercise session. You might include:
In another section of the journal write down your specific measurements and your Goals related to these. One method of discerning your "ideal" physical measurements, based on your bone structure involves:
Measure your Wrist, and record the diameter in inches: = ________ inches.
Then multiply you Wrist Measurement by the following factors, for the various body areas.
Chest: Multiply Wrist Measurement 6 times: = _________ inches.
Waist: Multiply Wrist Measurement 4 times: = _________ inches.
Hips: Multiply Wrist Measurement 6 times: = _________ inches.
Thighs: Multiply Wrist Measurement 3 times: = _________ inches.
Calves: Multiply Wrist Measurement 2 times: = _________ inches.
Ankles: Multiply Wrist Measurement 1.5 times: = _________ inches.
Upper Arms: Multiply Wrist Measurement 1.5 times: = _________ inches.
If you have given birth, add 2 inches to your calculated Waist measurement.
Now, measure each body part, listed above, and record the measurements beside the ideal measurements. Once a week, on the same day each week, take your measurements again, to keep a running log. For example, create a chart like the one below:
The second step in setting up a fitness regime is to find motivating images that can help you to "see" yourself in the dimensions that you wish to manifest in your body. If you can draw well, sketch an image of yourself radiating health and vitality, and measuring the dimensions you desire to be. Or, you can cut out images of athletes who are about the same body build as you are, and make a collage of images for you to look at before or during your work-out.
The third step is to align your mind with your body during exercise by creating an imaginary personal trainer. Imagine someone in your mind who could serve as a role model, who will relentlessly cheer you on as you exercise, and who will help you perform your movements with proper body alignment, breathing, and symmetrical muscle and joint movement. Imagine a benevolent, experienced trainer - one who knows your body inside and out, someone who can inspire and guide you to achieve your fitness goals. This imaginary coach is an image of your own Higher Self connected to your perfect etheric template - the etheric representation of your body at its best!
the body the vehicle,
the emotions the fuel.
We are all natural athletes at birth."
- Dan Millman, "The Warrior Athlete."
Once youíve created your inner personal trainer, become aware of what your mind thinks of exercise. What associations does it automatically make, when you consider developing a fitness regime? Do you entertain thoughts of anticipation, joy, and enthusiasm? Or, are your thoughts more along the lines of resistance, dread, or boredom? If you are not able to enjoy what you are doing, the benefits will not be the best you can achieve.
The easiest way to prepare your mind to enjoy exercise is to explore what stands in your way of your pleasure. Ask yourself:
Any thoughts and beliefs that inhibit your ability to enjoy physical activities can be gently removed from your consciousness with a little inner clearing. If youíre thoughts constantly tell your body, "Iím too fat," "I hate to sweat," "I havenít the time," "Itís too much work," and so on, they may sabatoge your good intentions, and make your work-outs both a chore and a dreaded event.
The key is to find activities that make YOU feel good. No one else. YOU. What does your body absolutely love to do? Dance? Go for long walks? Bicycling? Play Frisbee? Weight-training? Tennis? Golf? Yoga? Tai Chi? Run? Hike? Climb? Team sports? Swim? Skate? Rollerblading? A combination of these?
Whatever you love to do, - plan to do! You can achieve the results you want to with a combination of many different activities. You may well want to vary what you engage in, to keep up your interest and enjoyment, and to develop different aspects of fitness.
The three main areas to develop in your fitness plan include:
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