Work body and mind

Juanjo Zabala

4 November, 2006

For a long time, a new line of activities has taken on the classic offer of aerobic physical activities, toning ..., generically called fitness activities. In fact, in honor of the truth, it must be said that many of these activities are not only new, but many and many centuries ago they are practiced in places of the world in which they have never heard of expressions such as Now postvacational depression or work-related stress.

Involuntarily, the society in which we live pushes us increasingly to a rethinking about the things that we value and that should help us to keep an eye on what is the true objective of working life: the well-being of the people and the best next

For that reason, the canons and the ideals on the body and the health have been modified. Although, unfortunately, there is still a long way to go, we begin to think that in fact the perfect body is not that muscular and without a gram of fat, but a body that allows us to enjoy a healthy way of life. The "cult of the body" is being passed to "worship of the person" as a whole that must integrate a healthy body, a clear mind and a calm and positive attitude.

Soft activities
In this way, the professionals of the physical activity begin to give answer to those people who have more interest in relaxing, releasing tensions, learning to enjoy what surrounds them ..., that to obsess with the mirror . Activities such as yoga, tai chi, chikung and other more "modern" proposals such as ars corpore, body balance or fitioga are examples of this response, which could be included in "soft activities."
In fact, this nomenclature responds more to an attitude or philosophy than to a job, because some disciplines include some exercises and methodologies that make you sweat more than an expert athlete.
Because it is physical activity, gains, obviously, must be reflected in this area. Soft movements help the maintenance and gain of joint mobility. Working with flexibility allows an increase in this capacity. Postural positioning allows to correct possible bad habits, and to adopt better ones. Working breathing allows you to know other aspects of this habit, which we know nothing more than the physiological function that is essential to live. As you can see, this is a work that assures us a quality of life in the motor aspect, obviously without the physical gains that can bring the most intense fitness activities, such as aerobics, body pump, spinning. ..

Introspective work
On the other hand, these "soft activities" bring us other equally important benefits (in fact, increasingly, due to the rampant rhythm of society). Parallel to physical exercise, introspective work is done to achieve benefits in a more intimate plan of the person. Through movement, breathing, flexibility work, body placement ... we can relax, de-stress body and mind, achieve positive attitudes to the circumstances of life ... This is a interior cleaning, which is used to eliminate accumulated tensions and anguish, to escape from the race against the clock, to learn to live life with serenity and fullness. It is also an internal search, to get to know each other and consider aspects of oneself that are not used to reflecting on our fears or our insecurities.
Thus, the physical, psychological and therapeutic benefits of these activities make them increasingly more prominent in the interests of the inhabitants of the asphalt jungle. Who would have told the teachers for hundreds of years that the enormously developed men and women of the 21st century "would discover" the benefits of exercises that they had integrated in their daily lives? (Yes, quieter, less fleeting).

The ideal exercise for certain diseases
Due to the low motor impact and the importance of introspective work, it has been scientifically proven that the practice of soft activities has therapeutic benefits for people with certain pathologies.
For people who can not practice activities with a particular impact or intensity, yoga or tai chi are a true therapy. In this way, symptoms of illness such as osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes are eased ... Obviously, it is not miraculous care, but small improvements in the body that produce a global benefit, in some very important people.
In addition, the practice of relaxation techniques such as yoga, tai chi, meditation ... facilitate the segregation of endorphins. Endorphins are substances that the body generates naturally and which, according to medical evidence, are responsible for the modulation of pain, among other functions.

the author

Juanjo Zabala

Operational Director of the Claror Marítim

Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (UI1). Diploma in Teaching in Physical Education (URLL). Master's Degree in Economic Management of Sports Centers (UB).

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