More important than any physical result, is that you practice physical conditioning because it helps you to be happy and to feel alive, because it helps to lift your mood, because you know that the better you feel physically, the better your spiritual life and your sense of well-being will be. Consider how everything from your greeting to your training environment can help the client feel peace and stress relief. You might decide to add some deep breathing exercises to the mix or change the pace of the program. Or maybe you decide to do more outdoor sessions.
Many people find a spiritual connection with nature. In any case, according to researchers at the University of Essex, exercising in a natural environment increases the sense of well-being. Having more energy, sleeping better, and looking and feeling sexier promote positive attitudes. Scott sees the connection in the way members support and encourage each other, both in their church and in their training groups.
Whether you're training an athlete with extreme goals, a client returning from an injury, or a newcomer to working out, following a fitness program faithfully can be a challenge. Moderate to intense exercise over time has been shown to delay the aging process of the brain by ten years. We've all heard that exercise is the most underused antidepressant, and if you haven't, now you have it. Your customers may be wondering about this new dimension, as it appears in exercise classes in places of worship, in fitness books, videos and CDs (such as Fit for God and “Jewish Aerobics”) and in the news.
To help patients feel more connected and “present” in their own body, begin sessions with progressive muscle relaxation. For several years, I had the opportunity to play college basketball, which made me love the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of exercise. So decide today not only to be in good physical shape, but also to learn the spiritual lessons you can learn through exercise. Working out can be a fun way out and a great way to bond with the people you love and, at the same time, be in good spiritual shape.
It says here that aerobic exercise speeds up breathing and heart rate, which stimulates intestinal muscles and helps you to defecate more easily and smoothly. These are five components to include in your exercise regime that will help you understand the relationship between being in good physical shape and your spiritual relationship with Heavenly Father. Stretches, low-impact aerobic exercises, and a series of range-of-motion exercises should be a good starting point for relieving body aches and pains.