Do I have a Choice?!
People ask me, ‘why do you exercise….. why do you care about your health so much?’ That’s a question with a lot of answers, on a lot of different levels. I’ll start with the easy…. it feels natural for me to be in movement.
I’m pretty physical, and my body lends itself to that in a mesomorph kind of way Being naturally athletic, I’ve tried quite a few styles of exercise including body building, pilates, hiking and kettle bell. Recreationally, I’ve surfed, roller bladed, kayaked, biked, ran, and golfed. Didn’t particularly care for the golfing.
In my younger years, I played tennis, basketball, softball and swam. As a catcher, I developed really strong legs with all the squatting I did. Tennis and basketball gave me great agility. Great legs helped me tremendously in recovering from 3 knee surgeries. From all sports, individual and team, I developed a confidence for myself and a sense of accomplishment, things that weren’t taught to me. I earned and commanded these 2 fantastic contributors to mindset, another reason ‘why I do it’.
Your mindset is everything. It is how you evolve in your dynamic energy and essence. We all have events that have made an impact on us, some great, some small. You take something from every experience. Your mindset and ability to free your emotion determines how you apply what you’ve experienced. Being able to move freely in body, mind and spirit is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
How do you stay sharp? Do you read, listen or watch empowering and informational subject matter? I love anything that provokes my intellect, spirit, and emotion to live more dynamically and energetically. It can be as simple as conversing silently with my niece, watching a butterfly, listening to music or being at a workshop learning something new.
It all adds to my drive and compels me to seek more engagement from things I don’t know about. I find it just as important to delve into things that I don’t seem particularly interested in to get a flavor of something different. The main thing is to find what turns you on, provokes curiosity, sparks your zest for living.
I have found Living Well has made an enormous contribution to my overall health and well being. I wouldn’t have gotten this far without it, I know that for a fact. There have been ebbs & flows in my levels of well being. Strength, commitment, and perseverance have always got me back on my feet, and I’ll always pull myself through.
I wish you well on your own quest to expand your mind, body & soul!
I’m sure I’ll get back to this subject
©Paula D’Andrea July 29, 2011. All rights reserved.