Walking in LA is strengthening. It strengthens the body and the mind. There are so many interesting sights and people.
I have just finished a three-hour walk. In the process I visited a museum, window shopped, and celebrated with a cup of vegan frozen dessert (feel bad about using a disposable cup).
My body feels worked and invigorated. My mind feels used. My emotions are relaxed. My spirit feels uplifted.
Walking in LA is an opportunity to connect with how people live, and when open, an opportunity to connect with people along the way.
The post “Monitoring Health” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/08/24/monitoring-health/) brings awareness of the seven tests that should be performed in order to evaluate health.
“People—are—designed—for—doing some of this, doing some of that, moving here, then moving there,…” from Oneself—Living.
Sitting still for extended periods of time was not part of the design. Nor was letting inanimate objects do the work for us. Life has greatly changed for people, but the basic design has not. Rather than ditch the vacuum cleaner and return to the tree-branch broom, people must add movement into their lives that is nourishing, that exercises the body, and that is challenging.
Here is Test #5.
Test #5: Physicality
- If you sit for longer than 50 minutes, do you change position or do a different activity?
(Sitting for longer than 50 minutes without standing or stretching while sitting is taxing for the body.)
- Do you stretch your body when you wake up from sleeping? Even after short naps?
(The body requires movement after sleep—the entire body!)
- When you visualize yourself, do you picture a person who is inconsistent about exercising, is good about exercising with a group but negligent when at home, is in need of someone to make you exercise, is physically fit, or is too focused on physical appearance?
- What is your attitude about movement off the ground (biking, skating, surfing, skiing, etc.) What is your attitude about movements on the ground (yoga, sit-ups, push-ups, etc.)? What is your attitude about swimming and walking? What is your attitude about dancing and kicking/hitting a ball?
Allowing your body to move frequently is good for your health!
Following the advice I received from Spiritual Presence to do the Huff n’ puff exercise, I did the exercise today. I had been resisting doing the exercise regularly, but today I was determined to get outside and do it.
While doing the exercise outside in my backyard, I looked at a flowering hibiscus tree, at basil growing in my little vegetable garden, at the lemons growing on the lemon tree, at my neighbor’s young olive tree, at my dog (not the dog in the video), at birds walking around on the ground, at butterflies, and at other vegetation.
I did the exercise for 15 minutes. I waved my hands above my head (feeling the stretch in my upper body). I added other arm motions besides the waving and marching arms. I did the movements while turning in a slow circle (Jill-don’t try that 🙂 ). I kept my pace lively. I thought about the gift of living in such a lovely place and felt very grateful. I smiled when I remembered to smile, and the smiling brightened my mood.
The Huff n’ puff exercise is a cardio exercise that is meant to exercise the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. When done with bounce in the step and a smile on the lips, this exercise can help in ways that can’t be counted.
Give it a try! Here’s the video:
Here is a video showing how to do the huff’n’puff, an exercise that strengthens and balances the four components of health—physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. It was described in an earlier blog post: https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/05/15/aging-is-manageable-when-breathing-is-huffnpuff-post-4/
This video presents the basic steps of the huff’n’puff. You can modify it to suit your physical abilities and concentration. It is a cardio exercise. Be sure to be well hydrated before doing the huff’n’puff.
Strengthening all four components of health at once is a way to age wisely.
This post is a continuation of the information I have been receiving from Spiritual Presence about aging well. Physical exertion is necessary for aging well. The breathing that accompanies physical exertion strengthens the body and prepares it to handle unexpected traumas and illness. There are many types of physical exertion that induce strengthened capabilities. Each person is drawn to different types of physical activity. Most physical activity builds and maintains the physical component of health. Some types of physical activity also affect other components of health—emotional and intellectual. Less often, physical activity affects all the components of health, which includes the spiritual component. Achieving physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual strengthening and balancing through a single type of physical activity is possible through the following exercise that I am going to teach you (as given to me by Spiritual Presence). It is called the huff’n’puff. It’s sort of a marching exercise.
How to do the huff’n’puff
This exercise must be done outside. While doing the exercise, you should look at a flower or flowering plant that is low so that your chin will be held slightly downward. If the plant is too high and your head is held straight forward or higher, then your breathing will not be correct and balance will not be achieved. If there are no flowers, then look at an interesting low plant.
- Before you start, become aware of the physical and spiritual balance points on your body. One point is located in the middle of the ascending colon and one point is located in the middle of the descending colon. My simple diagram will give you an idea of where they are located:
As you do the exercise, try to physically support these points (basically, that means to suck in your gut. Actually, it’s more than that, but sucking in your gut is a good start.)
- Stand opposite the flower with your feet comfortably apart, with your chin slightly down and look at the flower.
- Your feet will be doing a sort of march in place: one leg marches and the other leg kicks forward. You will alternate the marching/kicking whenever you feel like switching leg activity.
- As you march, your arms will swing energetically as if you are walking at an energetic pace. Every so often you will raise your arms over your head and wave them from side to side. Alternate the two arm motions as you like.
- The entire time you do this exercise, you focus on the flower, noticing its characteristics. To add the spiritual dimension to the exercise, while you are looking at the flower, marvel at its wondrousness.
- Do this exercise for as long as you feel comfortable. Each person is at a different physical activity level.
I will aim to make a video explaining how to do the huff’n’puff. If my instructions are clear to you, go ahead and try it. I’ve done it and it’s not hard.
Update: Here is the video: https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/05/25/the-huff-n-puff-balancing-cardio-exercise/
Strengthening all four components of health at once is a way to age wisely!