One of the main reasons our ancestors enjoyed great health is because they followed an active life and had less worries and stress. Today’s generation is doing just the opposite. We are relying more on gadgets and supplements to improve our lifestyle than physical exercise. Our mind is busy but body is at rest – a sure-fire recipe to fast aging!
Age old systems like yoga, tai-chi primarily work on this principle – physical movements with complete awareness. In other words, an active body and an empty mind. Being aware of our body not only fills the body with energy and vitality, but it also relaxes the mind. That’s the reason why you feel good after a workout or a walk or any form of exercise.
However, without awareness, exercise is of no use. In fact it’ll do more harm than any good. You’ll drain yourself. It’s like running a car without engine oil. See it for yourself. Take a weight and see how many repetitions you can do while watching television (without awareness). Now switch off the television and give full attention (awareness) to your arms and movement while lifting the weights. See how many repetitions you can do. Definitely more than previous set right?
So if you really want an healthy body (and mind), stop thinking and start moving..