Monday, April 25, 2011

Exercise Doesn't Have to Be Hard, Difficult or Painful

There's never been a requirement that "exercise" has to be hard, difficult or painful, except some instructors think so -- but that thinking, doesn't make it so.

Those requirements are the main reasons, people don't avail themselves of healthy exercise (movements) -- because they've been convinced they have to be hard, difficult or painful, which far outweighs the promised benefits that are seldom forthcoming, and so rightfully, people choose to not do them because the benefits to cost, are not there, and simply get worse with their adherence.

Not surprisingly then, those who could benefit most from even the most minimal of efforts and focus on such matters, avoid them completely -- which is conditioning of a sort we call negative -- or the avoidance of it. And while one can get by for periods of time where it doesn't seem to matter or make a great difference, there eventually comes a time, in which it makes a critical difference in their quality of life -- and seals their fate, for what has increasingly become a major portion of their lives -- because they have shut out from further consideration, the critical path that all of life has evolved to.

That is the categorical imperative to improve or to perish -- which is neither hard, difficult or painful, but has the momentum of billions of years of evolution to make it the natural course of things -- unless we deliberately choose to choose to go against it and override it, which is not unlike a lot of conditioning programs advising one to fight against gravity, time, or the natural flow of events unfolding -- we know as the painful and exhausting struggle against our environment, as though we have to fight and overcome that, rather than appreciating and acknowledging it as the very sustenance of our lives.

So we have to understand what those principles are -- even if we choose to overcome and override them -- as though they were one's mortal enemies, but in the understanding, should invariably come to realize they are the very foundations of our survival.

The ancients call this the flow even before they had discovered such concepts as "oxygen," the circulatory system, and neuromuscular functioning. It was invariably about how to maximize that flow, and not how to stop it -- thinking that by that strategy, they could make it stronger, rather than produce disastrous effects and consequences.

In this, thought could be as effective a limitation as actual physical constraints -- much like the belief that one could not sail far without falling off the earth, even though people had practically been doing so for ages. But those who placed themselves in charge at systematizing the wisdom of the ages, mistook the thought for the reality, and preferred the error as proof of their dominion over nature. And many used to being told what to think as the truth, believed it because they were never instructed in how to discover the truth of any matter for themselves -- which of course, is the scientific method -- rather than simply relying on unquestioning authority and their hierarchies and bureaucracies that have become the powerful institutions of the times.

That is the meaningful science and experience of our lives and realities -- and not just the "correctness" we must all believe, because it is very profitable for the existing status quo to continue. So not surprisingly, one must be conditioned to believe, that the correct path, must be hard, difficult and painful -- rather than easy, obvious, and liberating from all those preconditions of how things have to be.

But once one breaks through those barriers of conditioned limitations, one realizes that the evolutionary bias is towards success and not failure -- which is the reason why things happen. That is very different from what we often want to happen -- or think is happening, because we simply accept what we have been told to believe, and never considered anything else -- especially preposterous notions that exercise doesn't have to be all or any of those things we've been conditioned to believe they have to be.

People don't have to raise their heart rate, sweat, burn a lot of calories, inflict pain upon themselves, get into awkward and uncomfortable positions, buy any apparatus or memberships, or continue to do anything which is not immediately and obviously productive and healthful. You don't don't have to buy into any belief system -- that the hard, difficult and painful is "good" for you, because somebody else knows better what is best for you -- because they presume to know and have been "certified" so -- as though that commercial enterprise was enough to make them authentic.

Many don't care if anything is authentic because they think everything is phony or merely one entertainment over another. They have become so disconnected from any reality, that they scarcely begin to know how to differentiate reality from the commercial message -- having long since been overwhelmed by the promoted messages over any of their own efforts to find out the truth of any matter. Such people are very vulnerable to whatever is promoted to them because they never learned anything else but the consensus as the reality -- and so are so easily manipulated and deceived by those they trust so willingly, and refuse anything else, any alternative explanation.

That is the presumption and error of "knowledge" -- thinking one knows, even if it makes no sense in one's actual experiences and life, and to one's advantage and benefit.


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