Quote: "The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order." - Henry Ward Beecher
You may be wondering what is involved in replenishing the body and mind? By adding effective methods to replenish the body and mind, you will be able to training like a warrior and eating like a caveman, you be able to take your health and fitness to a another level.
People forget that due to the stressful lives we lead in the modern world that our bodies and minds do get rundown and depleted. Like a battery, your body and mind needs to be replenished. You may ask, what methods are used and how do you replenish the body and mind?
Massage is the pressing, rubbing and manipulating of the muscles, tendons and ligaments using your hands, fingers and elbows. The Chinese have successfully used massage for over 5000 years as part of their health regime. Massage has also been a part of cultures of Asia, the Islands of the South Pacific, North American Indians and Northern Europe. All these cultures understood the benefits of massage to physical and mental wellbeing. Massage is now seen as a way to improve recovery and performance of athletes and a way to reduce stress in the modern world. For a small nominal amount of money, you can purchase a foam roller, trigger point therapy ball with an instruction booklet and massage yourself on a regular basis.
Meditation is the process of focusing the mind on to a single thought, image, object or feeling. People in Asia have been replenishing the mind with meditation to for a long time. The West has only been doing meditation from the 20th century onwards. Replenishing the mind with meditation has many benefits including the ability to remain calm and think under pressure, slowing down of heart rate and increasing blood flow, enhancing the heath of your immune system, improving your mental focus, lowering your anxiety and stress levels. This is really beneficial if you have a demanding job, lots of family and social commitments. Think of meditation as a mental well you dip into to recharge your mind to help you handle whatever life throws at you. The best time to meditate is either first thing in the morning or in the evening before you go to bed.
Stretching is a form of exercise that improves the flexibility of muscles and joints. Humans are not the only life form that stretch. Have you watched an animal stretch? They do it instinctively without thinking about it. We humans treat stretching as a chore to do. Like deep tissue massage, there are many health benefits. The benefits of stretching include, removal of waste products from the body after training, an improvement in range of motion, reduction in injuries, enhanced recovery and improved posture. The best time to stretch is straight after training if you have time or before you go to bed. To get the most of out of your stretch learn to relax by breathing slowly.
The Martial Art of Tai Chi is a multifaceted discipline that contains many health benefits. Health benefits of Tai Chi include improve balance, flexibility and leg strength to prevent falls happening, a calmer mind brought through moving meditation, improved breathing capacity. Another health benefit of Tai Chi is that it is a form of low impact training that is easier on the joints than other forms of training which is great for older people. There are many styles of Tai Chi out there and you have to do your homework to find a style that you believe is best for you. Personally I practice Chen style Tai Chi, which is a physically and mentally demanding style that has a greater emphasis on it being a martial art.