Remember B.Ra.S.S. for a Healthy Body for Life
When you use an inanimate object, say your favorite pair of jeans, that object begins to show wear and tear over time. The opposite is true of animate objects, like your body parts. Barring abuse, your body is alive and designed to move—and all its systems are in place to support movement. It has healing fluids and processes, it has an ingenious energetic feedback loop which tells itself how to balance and heal for maximum health.
The inanimate object has no feedback system, no healing properties—it just decays. But when you move your living body, it grows and benefits. Most of us do not move our bodies enough. The idea that we will wear out our bodies is simply a myth. I’m not allowing for abuse—that is, we need to gradually build up our strength and stamina; but, after that, the body really is a workhorse, magnificently designed and able. It’s our sacred duty to use our bodies and keep them not just healthy, but growing. We are best off when seeking growth in strength and stamina, growing in range of motion (also called flexibility) and balancing skills—in other words: B.Ra.S.S.
At whatever stage of life, develop a practice of movements that cultivate the four areas of physical health: Balance, Range of motion, Strength and Stamina. Memorize this formula. Review your current exercise regime and see if you’ve got all four areas covered. If not, see the articles on each of these areas and build and grow, gradually over time, until you’re a master. And for every summit you reach, be content where you are while still knowing that today’s summit is tomorrow’s plateau, and another summit lies ahead in your healthy journey to excellent fitness.