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The heart’s exercise

heart exercises

A “flabby” heart sustains life partially. A toned heart works tirelessly to sustain life fully. The toned heart propels towards activity and accomplishments. The flabby heart works too hard simply keeping the body alive. Flabbiness is not good for the heart.

In the blog posts “Ways to calm the heart” and “Strengthening the heart”, exercise is mentioned as one of the components to keeping the heart strong and relaxed. In today’s blog post, Spirit is sharing ideas for keeping our hearts toned. Here we go…

  1. Learn breathing exercises. Learn many types so you can find the ones that make you feel strengthened and alive. Do breathing exercises every day!
  2. While breathing deeply, imagine your heart sending vitality throughout your body—down to your toes, into your organs, up into your head, and to your fingertips. Feel the vitality circling in your chest. Feel the vitality warm and invigorate your body. Straighten your posture if it’s not straight, and then smile. Your heart is ready to take on the day’s challenges!
  3. The heart is built to exert itself. Depending on your age and physical condition, take part in activity that causes your heart to pump faster. For most people, the heart can handle faster pumping activity every day. Aim to invigorate your body through faster heart-pumping activity for the amount of time that is proper for your current health status. Ideas for these types of activities: dancing, running, brisk walking, bicycling, swimming and other water activities, skating, tennis and other racket games, and games that use balls for kicking and throwing. Skipping and jumping are also good for the heart!
  4. Sleep that is regular helps the heart repair and restore its functioning. Don’t scrimp on sleep. Each person needs a specific amount of sleep depending on age, regular activity level, and current season. Let sleep bring you toning!
  5. Practice acts of generosity every day. Be generous with your smiles and with your kindness. Acts of generosity tone the intangible heart!

Note: This information has been spiritually received and does not replace medical advice.

Huff’d n’ puff’d today

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:

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