Dear Jerry: After doing sports in college, I became lazy and stopped exercising. Recently as a middle-aged man, I started a decent fitness routine and even added daily meditation. My wife is still in good shape and has had an excellent influence.
As I observe people around me, I realize that most are out of shape and overweight. At the opposite extreme are people who seem to be exercising or meditating all day long. Certain people in my health club are always there when I visit them. Since my schedule is completely inconsistent, these people have to be there four times a day and do nothing else with their free moments. I also met people who spent most of the day meditating all day long.
After enjoying your columns on exercise, meditation and hundreds of other topics, I would appreciate your opinion. Even if someone has too much time, is it really worth spending the majority of a day doing sports or meditation?
Tom G., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Instead of answering "yes" or "yes" no, "I will answer in an essay form.
For the record, I am a clear advocate This means as close as possible to 365 days of the year, which would be 366 days per year in the leap year.
Let's Start with Exercise The ideal form of physical fitness is open to personal preference (and For me, training involves year-round swimming, running, cycling, weights and abdominal training, and for most people, fitness is best achieved through the types of exercise you like, or at least the types of exercise you do not like. Some people may need a fitness trainer, some work best in an exercise or gym, and some, like myself, practice independently.
Practically, Me similar to meditation, the ideal type of meditation is open to personal preference. For almost everyone, meditation is best performed by a guy who is comfortable. Some people need a meditation consultant. Some work best in a meditation class. Some may read a meditation book and be disciplined enough to meditate diligently. For me, daily meditation began decades ago with a class; it continues independently and effectively with my original "mantra".
There are literally millions of books on movement and meditation. Public libraries, local bookstores, and online resources are good places to go. Talking to acquaintances who train and meditate successfully is usually useful.
To answer Tom's precise question, I agree. Exercise and meditation are the most valuable in appropriate moderation. If you do not need fitness or meditation for a full-time job, you can almost kill every purpose you practice every day. If the ultimate goal is an improved life, then exercise and meditation are not the ultimate goal. They are steps to this goal.
Jerry Romansky is a syndicated columnist. Readers are invited to write in English or Spanish: Ask Jerry, PO Box 42444, Washington DC 2001