The Mind/Body Connection…
There’s no question now that the health of the mind and the body can be directly influenced by any individual. It’s something we’ve believed for a long time, and now science is rowing in with evidence to support that belief.
Dr. James Rippe, (Director of the Physiology Laboratory of Massachusetts University,) back in the early 90’s, stated that ‘For the first time, we have scientific evidence to support what has always seemed true; regular exercise helps prevent many diseases, lengthens lifespan, and improves quality of life.’
Exercise has been recognized for the benefits it gives to those with mild depression, anxiety, (Dr. Keith Johnsgard, San Jose State University), creativity, (Joan C. Gondola, Ph. D., university of New York), emotional stress or mental fatigue, (Paul Dudley White, M.D., personal cardiologist to Dwight D. Eisenhower), and so many of the illnesses that prevail today.
That the mind is so directly and helpfully affected by exercise is in no doubt. One of the main reasons for this is that a well-exercised body is in the habit of processing oxygen into the body’s cells. And the first cells of the body to be affected by lack of oxygen are those of the brain.
When the brain is boosted by a rich and regular oxygen, we tend to be more alert mentally, more relaxed physically, and in a state that serves us better to perform our tasks and live our lives well.
Because the brain is more alert, there is a stronger inclination to think in a more constructive and optimistic way. Completing an exercise schedule is a task that gives a sense of accomplishment, and also promotes the secretion of endorphins into the system, nature’s opiates, the substances that can contribute to a feelgood factor.
With all the information now available, it’s small wonder to see the rise in exercise activity. But here’s the thing, you do not have to become a gym’ prisoner, or a fanatic. You can exert a powerful effect on the condition of your body and your brain by exercising efficiently but frequently.
Your body will improve in health, energy, resistance to illness and colds and fatigue. Your mind will be more alert, tend to be more quiet, and you will develop the ability to hold concentration and retain what you may read or study.
The mind relays this achievement into the nervous system. Through this acknowledgement, the mind and body begin to co-ordinate naturally, developing the instinct to perpetuate the process, and this gives momentum to the cycle of improvement. That’s why the most effective way to achieve this, in my experience, is to perform regularly.
A certain amount of intensity is needed, but it’s not about breaking your back avery time you perform.
Little and often, well done, will create changes to your body and your brain to which your system cannot but respond.