Especially summertime here in the desert. Are you drinking enough water? If not, please consider the following facts.
Water makes up 60% of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. It’s critically important for controlling your metabolism, digesting food, and delivering nutrients to cells.
Even a 2% drop in your body water can have a significant negative impact on your exercise/athletic performance.
Recommended water intake= your weight x .8= ounces per day. Example 200 pounds x .8= 160 ounces per day.
So make sure you’re drinking enough every day, or you’re just cheating yourself of the results you deserve!
As some of you already know, I’ve been a fitness enthusiast all my life and I have also been a student of Buddhism for over 15 years. Please do not worry; this is not going to be an article on religion, what it is going to be is myself sharing with you two of Buddha’s wisdoms that can be applied to your fitness health and everyday life. They are meant to inspire you and appreciate the preciousness of our human life and impermanence. I will begin with “precious human life.” Buddha reminds us that the gift of life is more precious than a wish filling gem or a million dollars. With this philosophy we should not take life for granted and cherish every day we have on this earth. There are also many ways we can take care of this precious gift both physically and mentally. Physically we can mindfully eat quality whole foods and eliminate the junk and processed food. Ok what are quality whole foods you ask? I am talking about eating 2 servings of organic fruits and vegetables with every meal. Staying away from white flour products, choose their healthy alternatives like brown rice, whole grain pasta and sprout grain bread. Secondly we need to exercise, not just walking, although it is better than nothing, I am talking about resistance training. Resistance training will build muscle and tone you, in addition to building bone. This doesn’t mean you have to train with heavy weights; you can use resistance tubing, small dumbbells, medicine balls and even a bag of rice. The key here is a little more of a “load” than what your body is used to; this will give the body more added stress to build back stronger. Lastly we need to get our mind right, this can be done through meditation. This can easily be done first thing in the morning to help set your intention for the day and have a clear focus. Find a quiet space, sit in a way that is comfortable, have your spine erect (shoulders over hips) and concentrate on your breath. Be mindful of your in and out breaths, if a thought comes to your mind, just “tag” it and go back to concentrating on your breath. There are many variations of meditation; I just walked you through one to get you started. Following the three points I just explained you will be on your way to preserving this gift of precious human life.
The second teaching I want to cover is on impermanence. In Buddhism impermanence is often taught with the subject of death. I know as westerners we are not comfortable talking about our own death, but please hear me out. Trust me, I was in the same boat, I thought it would jinx me or something. As I studied the topic it began to make more sense. There are two truths about death, one is we are going to die, and two we have no idea when that time is. It could be tomorrow or many years from now. So realistically everyday could be your last. With that said how would you act different if you had a certain amount of time to live? Would you be nicer to family and people you met, would you let the little things upset you, how about doing the work you really love and answering your true calling? Do you know your purpose? The Buddha’s teaching on impermanence aren’t meant to be morbid, but to inspire you to live your life to the fullest, be kind to your fellow man, not take things for granted and finally stop procrastinating.
In closing, I know what you are thinking, first he tells us how to preserve this human life and then he tells us we can die at anytime. What I am hoping you get from this is inspiration to take care of the body you have and live the life you have always wanted. I will finish with a quote from the Buddha: “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth- not going all the way, and not starting.” Now go live YOUR life.
I dedicate this article to my guru Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen (1924-2009), thank you for your great compassion and your teachings. It is through your teachings that I have found my true calling to help inspire people live a life of wellness through the combination of fitness and meditation