This page is about my personal approach to fitness.

Working out at the gym can be an excellent form of meditation. For me, it's something I enjoy doing for its own sake, even apart from the results that you see here.

I hope you find this page inspiring and thought-provoking.

weight training

  • Develop precise muscular control throughout your body.   Practice as if you were a dancer or musician, gracefully and with perfectly controlled strength. As you let the weight down, move especially slowly, concentrating fully.

  • Become absorbed in the moment-by-moment process of working out.   Don't count repetitions or sets, because then you'll be paying more attention to numbers than to what's happening at each moment. Let yourself lose track of time and settle into a natural flow.

  • Develop and follow your physical intuition.   Physical intuition is inventive and spontaneous. It's an instinctive, gut-level sense that tells you what combination of movements, loads, rhythms, and angles to use to intensify the feeling of tension deep inside the muscles. (Chase the burning sensation to complete exhaustion.)

  • Approach each workout as if it were your first.   Be open to learning something new about your body every time you work out. Cultivate an empty, quiet, and receptive mind. Let go of preconceptions. Be flexible and always willing to experiment.

  • Step forward by first stepping back.   The most important element of growth is rest. Before training a part of your body again, it should feel completely recovered from the previous training session. Get lots of sleep.

 

 

 

nutrition

  • Learn about nutrition.   Overeating is sometimes a sign of being undernourished. Choose foods based on their nutritional value and on your total nutritional needs.

  • Eat fresh foods.   Center your diet around fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat as many types of fruits and vegetables as you can. As a general rule, avoid foods that have been processed in a factory.

  • Drink lots of water.   Sometimes cravings for food are actually cravings for fluid. Drink as much water as you can, both during the workout and throughout the day.

learning

  • Commit yourself to an entire lifetime of education.   The brain, just like the rest of the body, needs exercise to stay fit. Challenge yourself by taking on progressively deeper and more difficult subjects.

  • Learn for the sake of learning.   Any subject in art, science, music, languages, or mathematics is too vast to be totally mastered. The point is not to complete a subject, but rather to participate as fully as possible in the process of learning it.
 
 

meditation

  • Spend a few moments each day just to sit still.    Without pushing or judging yourself, pay close attention to how your mind and body interact with each other. Carefully observe how your mind works. What is the eye that sees from within the mind?

  • Meditate in whatever you do.   Meditation means to stop thinking and to see things as they are, rather than as we wish they were. Any activity in everyday life can be a form of meditation if done wholeheartedly, playfully, and for its own sake.
 
water, gentle
  wears away rock
stand aside and
  heart flows through

Michael Webb, February, 2000

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