This week my computer died. It literally would not turn on. Obviously now it's been fixed. But, I was really worried as I have been admittedly slack and haven't backed up all of my work. I now have an external hard drive and am in this process. What happened was, the power supply stopped. It had just come to the end of it's life and had had enough. It got me thinking, It was fairly easy, although costly, to change over the power supply in my computer, but we can't do that. We aren't machines that can have parts changed and "upgraded" without significant impact.
Medical science is fantastic and transplants have saved many lives, I know one person who has been a recipient and it's been amazing. The only thing is, while life giving implants aren't easy, they take time to recover from and recipients have to be on medication for the rest of their lives. Which brings in a whole lot of other issues that I won't go into.
It's amazing how exercise, the right kind, can help heal the body. I have a friend who comes to my classes, this friend has been diagnosed with an un-curable illness that seriously impacts their body and nervous system. While doing a hard Pilates session is not possible, this friend knows when to take it easy, do slower reps, and also feels happy to lie in Savasna (They are also a yogi) when they wish. The improvements they have noticed and I have seen are amazing. Improvements in strength, stamina, co-ordination and balance have been some of the benefits of practicing Pilates for this person. I have been so blessed to be able to use my training in a way that has had such a meaningful impact on someone. And as I see it, this person, while still unwell is doing everything possible to "back themselves up", to restore the body and energise it through the practise of Pilates and Yoga.
That's why I treat my body the way I do. I've seen really ill people, and I feel for them and the things they have to endure. When illness strikes through a cruel turn of events that were out of the control of the recipient, it just doesn't seem fair. It would be wrong if I lost my health simply because I wasn't looking after myself. Good health is a gift that most of us are lucky to be born with. But this gift doesn't always last a lifetime. I see the way in which I choose to live my life as life affirming, and life giving. The more energy I use the more energy I create. It's actually like recharging the battery. This in turn brings wellness and happiness all in one. This is my "Back up", or you could call it preventative action.
Over the years, I've heard and possibly even made, excuses that are used to convince ourselves that it's ok to skip a work out today. Skipping a workout can be beneficial if you're extremely tired (from working out too much) or if you are ill, rest is important and essential to a healthy body and mind. But what happens when skipping a workout today, becomes skipping the week? Then the next, and before you know it you haven't worked out in.... Oh how long has it been?
Life is busy, I get it, I've got a busy life too. Just keep in mind though that all of us have only a limited amount of time here to be able to do what we want to do. When we don't look after ourselves and our health this becomes a limitation to the things we want to achieve. As we put on extra weight, our heart finds it harder to take that run around the block, we start to invite ill health and start becoming unwell. We can get to a stage where doing the work to bring ourselves back into good health becomes a very difficult task. Some people even feel guilty for taking the time out to do a workout. Thinking that they are robbing their family of that one or two hours. In reality, if you aren't looking after yourself and your health, you aren't looking after your family either.
So stop putting yourself in second or even last place. Take time to treat your body, yourself, how it was meant to be treated. We are made to move and our body loves movement. If you start treating your body right, the effort will be paid back tenfold through feeling fitter, ease of movement, decrease in body fat, better sleeping, less pain and a happier mood.
I saw a quote the other day, it went;
"Being Healthy and Active isn't a fad or a trend, It's a lifestyle."
I couldn't agree more.