There has been a hiatus in posts recently as I battled to recover from numerous low level infections and to finish the school term intact. All of which serves to remind me that we must strive for balance in our lives on every level, including in the amount we exercise, or else everything gets out of kilter!
We practice balance underfoot- we must practice balance in the amount we exercise.
There is an excellent article in this month’s Natural Health Magazine which neatly summarises why sometimes less is more and that we should not push ourself to the extremes.
Author of the article ‘Don’t Push Too Hard’ Emma Cannon explains that from a Chinese medicine point of view, a moderate amount of exercise and movement helps move Qi (energy) around the body and that this release makes us feel good and negates feelings of irritability. But when we over-exercise and push ourselves physically too hard, we deplete Qi from the blood and exhaust ourselves.
Huffington Post contributor Amanda Russell also concurs. If you over-exercise, workouts can leave you feeling exhausted rather than energised and when once you felt elation after a class, now you might get moody. You might feel that you have ‘heavy legs’ or you may just succumb to numerous infections….
When we exercise endorphins (opiates) are released and we are flooded with a sense of calm and well-being, a wonderful sensation but one that become addictive. As we do more and more exercise (either at higher intensities or durations, or when we are already tired), it takes even more work through our bodies to recreate these euphoric feelings. So ensues a cycle of over-exercise that becomes steady detrimental to our bodies.
Take time to organise your rebalance.
Do I think I overexercise? No. But the body doesn’t rationalise the way the mind does and recurrent mild illnesses are a surefire sign that your immune system is under stress.
So I stopped and listened to my body and took some time out in the Swiss Alps….and I have now formulated an exercise plan to stay balanced. And not just underfoot.