Work • Exercise • Moving (1) – SRS
If moving is the essential rhythm for humans to dance a song, exercising is different instruments that add on to make the song great.
Exercise is a way to allow our body to mobilise certain movements that we regularly won’t do. For example, would you suddenly do a handstand out of the blue just for the sake of it?
The benefits are varied and rewarding with exercising, such as reducing the risk of heart diseases, managing blood sugar and insulin levels, improving our moods.. just to name a few.
With two types of exercising – “individual exercise” and “ group exercise”, this article will center on “individual exercise”.
To maximise the impact on each training session, while avoiding getting any injury, there is a solid three phases we’ll look into, and stick with them. Sometimes, good old fashion ways are safer for us to go on much longer.
This way, we don’t need to think about how to have a good training session, but rather, focusing on how to improve the overall within the hours of training each time.
No matter how short a session is, the frame shall remain to avoid injury.
The short explanation of each phase:
1) • Warm-Up • Stretch • Reconnect
Warming up: Our body has to be warm enough for us before doing more of consecutive dynamic movements, to avoid any unfortunate injury.
For me, I usually play music when I warm up, so I can move with the rhythm slightly back and forth. First, it doesn’t get bored easily while warming up, and second, I can get into the flow in dancing.
Well, if you’re not a dancer, no worries! Suppose there is no music, then repeat certain movements LIGHTLY, and combining with stretching for several minutes to allow the body to be ready.
To Reconnect, not only to your body but also the surrounding. Imagine you’re competing at Olympics. Unfamiliar with the place when there is time, it’ll be a shortcoming for you in the game even if you’re a top-notch athlete. At ease with a calmer mind needs a clear map to become.
2) • Getting Into, Keeping It Up
Getting Into: After warming up, we will be focusing on the spot and completely ignore anything outside of the place, like our job, relationship, and anything else. It’s more of mental training and needless to say, all the top athletes are having the same mentality. They just love being in the moments.
Keeping It Up, is a more of an abstract concept, so I use my dancing training to describe it, hope you can understand. After warming up, I’ll keep a speed of energy throughout the training session, no matter how slow. So even when I take a break zipping some water, I’m still engaging.
To get to more technical, I use music as a frame, so the speed of my whole can be changed within. No matter how slow or fast, I’m in control of my speed, adjusting it whenever however I want. The feeling, is like the energy is persevered and they’re always ready for me to go on more. If you know what a Qi is, I’m fully aware of my Qi and engaging with it, in the sport mode.
Other than the abstract sense, Let’s take a look at something more concrete and inspiring. During sporting, we continue with the cells’ production, of which, they can only specifically activate through the sports training. To mention our cells because when in doubt, we can use active breathing to slow down and keep our head clear. We all have “back-ups” who are fighting their lives for us too! 😀
Stable and Balance > Speed is a sub-category of Keeping It Up. Indeed, stability and balance in our exercising are far more important than speed, getting the job done.
Frankly, we want to enjoy the process, not rushing to the result. Many have failed to realise this simple concept, ( I was once fallen into this speed > balance trap too). If the time limit is not restricted, using lightning speed to complete all the tasks we set out to, our body just doesn’t have enough time to learn what we just did.
An example will be the same as our body needs time to digest the food we consume. But unlike digesting food, our body learns much faster from physical training, with the placeholders like ‘muscle memory’ or ‘ movement thinking’.
Stability means to keep a speed in the background, the same with the “Keeping It Up” concept. And feeling the balance will train our brain and muscles to achieve the best improvements, in which, they’ll reflect onto our movements respectively.
3) • Cooling Down (with breathing technique)
Now we just have a nice, sweaty training, and it’s time to cool off.
Actively breathe in and out will help us pause, slow down, and the ability to think clearly. As soon as we remember our breathing, we come back to our inner center. We actively step back and oversee the whole situation again. That’s very helpful when in competition.
The mindset for cooling down:
There will always be some areas that need to improve, but remember we need balance. There is no point overdoing something for one session only ( Unless you only live till that midnight!).
We all like to push over some limits but stop is stop. Tomorrow is another day. DO our best, and listen to the endurance of our body, how much we can take. We go hard and play smart. Exercise is good, but rest-well is also important. Less mindless thinking helps.
Doing it alone, we can reflect and concentrate more of course. I like practicing alone honestly. However, combining self-training and group training from time to time is the best way for the improvement of one subject because, without other examples or differences from our own, we might lose track of it.
Bottom line is, our body needs to be always ready for any changes and there will always be room for improvement and learning by an exchange.