Exercise as a Daily Function of Your Life
That is the key to remaining healthy all one's life. What else more important does one have to do? This is particularly true the older one gets -- and has more time to do it. There is simply nothing better and more important to do.
The problem is that self-proclaimed experts will still insist that you have to do it their way -- or presumably, not at all. But one is no longer in kindergarten or high school, and can exercise anyway they like -- and particularly, in the way they like. Nothing makes more sense. Still many will insist that one has to run a marathon or bench press their bodyweight to qualify as "proper" exercise, when in fact, any movements one wishes to do and become proficient at, is fully acceptable -- if one enjoys it enough and sees the benefit of that movement, to want to do it every day.
But make no mistake -- it has to be a movement, and not just thinking about doing so. That is where many people fall short in their thinking about exercise. It goes no farther than their brain -- and so no actual movement is discernible. They think they can just will their way to health -- rather than actually doing something about it, and actually move.
However, movement does not have to mean moving the entire body at once; it is even more effective and productive, to be able to focus movement around a singe joint -- particularly the furthest joint possible, which are known as the fine motor control -- of the head, hands and feet, which contain the critical organs of sense and cognition -- that makes all the difference.
The entire design, structure and intent of the human musculature, is to move these areas and faculties for most effective use. So it is not running, jumping, lifting, or any one thing; the usefulness is in being able to do all things -- as needed. As such, one can become skilled and efficient at those movements, with very little practice -- as little as a minute each movement, each day.
There's relatively little gain with more -- and many athletic events are actually over in a second -- but that second is focused around
one movement. That movement is not about more or less, but the quality and range -- which is really the objective of any practice. One wishes to become better, and not simply do more of a poor performance or nothing -- which the undiscriminating mind, can't tell the difference -- and is thus perpetually wondering why they don't obtain the same satisfactory results.
It never matters how much one does poorly and thoughtlessly; all that matters is what one does to the best of their ability -- and the only way to find that out, is by actually doing something. Just thinking one can, is not enough or sufficient, to obtain the best results.
Unfortunately in a world of mediated experiences and knowledge, many are convinced there is no difference. Many have even lost their ability to distinguish when they have done something, and only thought about doing it. But the results don't lie. Some become good at what they do -- because of what they actually do, while others become good at doing nothing, because that is what they actually do.
It's not necessary to throw the javelin or pole vault -- as much as it is to maintain one's functioning of the sensory and cognitive organs at the extremities of the human body -- throughout one's entire life, and not only until one reaches retirement age when many think they never want to do anything again. At that point in their life, it is more important than ever, to exercise daily, the faculties they wish to keep, maintain, and continue to improve.
But they can let go of all the extraneous and arbitrary requirements of doing it for anybody else -- and replace them with their own fundaments of intelligent living. That's what they have to get better at -- all the days of their lives. That is the measure and meaning of their lives. Without that, they implode as many do at this critical juncture of their lives. It doesn't just happen. It is a lifetime in the making.
That is what we are all called to account for -- for there is no roll call to have to answer to. That is what their whole lives has been a preparation for -- the truly independent life, that each creates for themselves. It's not just about the money, or other accomplishments or attainments, but about how it all comes together in a fully integrated life. Then everything makes sense -- and there is no thinking apart from the doing -- and one's doing, is one's being.
That is the wholeness of life -- and as healthy as one can be.