Teeth brushing for the body and brain.
I didn’t start out my exercise life in the gym.
Gym didn’t happen till my teens.
But I fell in love with movement and being active, when I was a kid.
My father made sure I never forgot to exercise every single day. Every day after school before dinner I we would do my exercises. Nothing fancy or super difficult. Nothing heavy. Some basic movements, using most of the time nothing more than a wooden bar, to keep my posture perfect. (My father would try to scare me every time he saw my not perfect posture, “Keep your back straight or you’d end up with the posture like that for your life!” There is some truth to that.)
Besides that, he taught me some basic rhythmic movements to silly music beats — not something that would make me a star on a dance floor, but it taught me a skill — moving my body with the music, a skill, that most people taking dance classes seem to lack, and learning moves doesn’t help to build that skill.
Besides that, we played tennis, went skiing, roller blading, ice-skating, cycling, badminton, table tennis, chess.
Besides that, my pre-school, like any pre-school in Russia, had an exercise class, aimed to teach kids basics of balance and coordination.
Besides that, every school in Russia has physical training classes, too bad it’s only once or twice a week.
In short — I was always moving.
I never stopped — dancing, yoga, gym, athletics. Not professionally. But because I’m human.
That is what movement is all about –
hygiene for our body.
Just like you wouldn’t go out without brushing your teeth, avoiding stinky breath and awkward undesirable social situations, you shouldn’t allow yourself to go out without doing some form of exercise.
Just because the body doesn’t start to stink without exercise (not right away at least) — doesn’t mean there is no need for movement.
And while we are on the subject.
Just because the brain doesn’t start to stink or give you pain directly, doesn’t mean there is no need for meditation to clean up mental trash and unused or poorly used neuron connections.
We believe, that traditions — what’s been done for generations in cultures around the world in one form or the other — are some silly things we used to do when we had time, we believe, that movement is not important for life, it’s something we HAVE TO DO to avoid fatness.
But what if it is AS important as food? If not more.
What if lack of movement makes us die prematurely being sick?
What if movement, variety of exercises to build flexibility, strength, speed, coordination, balance, good posture is the requirement of healthy body maintenance and not some fad of healthy living movement?
What if mindfulness, some sort of meditative practice, getting out of our mind in a healthy sustainable way, is also a requirement for healthy brain functioning? For life?
What if in our search for that magic pill to cure poor-lifestyle-choices-caused diseases of our society we forgot, that the search itself doesn’t make any sense? Because the problem is not the diseases, but a poorly designed lifestyle not suitable for a healthy living breathing human being.
Healthy lifestyle trivia
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.
Daily Bite of Health