I have to be honest; I have never really been much into exercise. I was raised with the bias that people exercise only to lose weight and since I spent most of my life embarrassingly underweight, exercise was the last thing on my mind. I was naturally drawn to yoga and integrated a few basic postures in with my daily meditation routine, but otherwise I was a stranger to the world of exercise.
Only recently did I begin to really appreciate the benefits of exercise through the stories of two of my friends. They made me realize just how much exercise has to offer on the deeper level of connecting the mind, body, and spirit. So, I began an exercise routine and instantaneously began to notice the benefit. Now, that says a lot because I already meditate for three hours a day, eat an Ayurvedic vegetarian diet, and follow a pretty balanced daily routine—so for something to make a marked improvement in my life, it MUST be effective.
After just one excercise session, I noticed a change in my thinking. I felt more connected to my body and discovered hidden physical strength, which gave me a new level of confidence that I didn’t even know I needed. It also made me realize that there are parts of the brain that are “activate” during exercise that may otherwise be dormant. In fact, recent studies suggest that exercise can improve the cognitive status of patients with multiple sclerosis.
So now, despite my sometimes hectic schedule, I routinely make time for exercise because it brings greater fulfillment to my life in areas that I didn’t expect. After all, your body is truly the only home you have to live in so it might as well be built strong!
Here and here are the stories of my two friends who inspired me to take a different look at exercise. I hope you are inspired to also use exercise as a powerful tool of transformation on your path to personal mastery.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary