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Posted by Jim K.

Mind/Body There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that exercise is good for your health, productivity and longevity. Yet, many people do not make an effort to train regularly. There are many reasons why. The primary factor that continues to encourage people to exercise regularly is convenience. This alone is not a bad thing. It helps everyone when things are more convenient The downside is that modern fitness has often made a point of matching pace with society, encouraging members to work out faster than ever before. While the 30-minute total exercise model has been around for a while, and in many regards seen success with participation, it does not lead to long-term balance in that no foundation is formed upon which healthful training practices can be built. When training is streamlined to be convenient it becomes more shallow and superficial. It is still valuable as physical exercise but does not allow the individual to investigate other attributes of training. As long as it is something you “can barely make time to do” as opposed to something that you “want to spend time doing” there is a lot that cannot be communicated. What we have found at Club One to be most effective is to continually reinforce that it is important to gain something more than just physical exercise from your exercise. This is the Mind/Body approach to exercise. Club One does not have a Mind/Body menu of programs because we believe that ALL exercise needs to be, and ultimately is, Mind/Body. For your training to have depth, color and passion it must be experienced on myriad levels. If you are a beginning exerciser it may take you some time to find an activity or discipline that you are passionate about but that process of discovery is very important to your continued training. It is at Club One. But what does Mind/Body really mean? For instance, why does everyone feel that Yoga is Mind/ Body, but lifting weights isn’t? From the moment we arise in the morning until we retire at night, we are engaged in activity. Being continuously and completely present in our bodies and intimately aware of our breath and our movement is a powerful practice of presence. When we keep our attention in our bodies then we are anchored in the now and we fully experience every moment of movement. This principle can be applied to all forms of exercise. It has been a part of Yoga practice for thousands of years. But the same concept can be applied to running, pilates, riding a bicycle or any form of movement. When we lose touch, we lose ourselves to the external world and very often to the dialogue of our ego. At Club One all our exercise programming embodies this principle. Each activity is a unique integration of our intelligence and our body in each present moment that we train yielding the experience and results you are looking for.
 
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..although, I do think there are some forms of movement that are more conducive to awareness than others. I'm wondering how boxers pay attention to their breath when they are getting knocked out by an opponent. :-) But I do think that it's a good idea to be mindful in whatever physical activity you are involved in.
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