ISN’T IT TIME TO BE FIT AGAIN?
A Continuing Column by Sensei Marta Azzam
nine months in the most physiologically loving, friendly
environment - your mother’s womb - most of us are born healthy,
happy and fit. However, the cumulative effects of
unhealthy behaviors, bad eating habits, lack of physical
exercise, and daily life stressors in our childhood and as adults renders
us inactive, lazy, and unfit and therefore disabled by choice.
Starting a new year provides an opportunity for every
one of us; male and female, healthy and sick, young
and old, enabled or disabled to make an honest commitment
to our bodies. Let’s
choose this New Year to be the first year of our
healthy lifestyle and a year of healing, restoration
and hope. If I can do it as a mom, wife, nurse and
martial arts instructor, I bet you can do it too.
excuses because you think you are sick, poor, lonely,
broken hearted, old, or disabled. I am not asking
you to become a body builder. I am assuring you that
you can work with the body you have and you can become
more fit and able to accomplish what you want when
An active lifestyle is a way of life, a discipline
that consumes our every living moment. Fitness, however,
is just a healthy lifestyle associated with meaningful
physical exercise. Fitness doesn’t
always equal huge muscles or becoming a compulsive
athlete or a world champion. It is the ability to
work out your muscles and to stretch your body so
you become more flexible, stronger and healthier
which will affect your actions and your thoughts.
Martial arts is not just kicking and punching or defending against
an imaginable enemy. It is the art of healing and restoring. It is
the art that will, no doubt, empower you to restore, coordinate and
heal your body and soul, and increase your ability to accomplish your
goals in life. It is not about becoming the grand champion of the world,
but about becoming the master of your own body and mind and you can
do just that. Don’t waste time. Start now to maximize your coordination
and optimize your endurance and stamina, both internally and externally.
Several studies have shown that the regular practice of martial arts
increases life-expectancy and reduces suffering from prevalent physical
and psychological diseases such as rheumatism and depression.
A simple daily routine of yoga and just a few minutes a day of jogging,
running or rope jumping will pay you back a hundred fold. Your new
lifestyle will help you look better and elevate your feelings about
yourself and life in general.
Make the change to a healthier and happier lifestyle.
You owe it to yourself and your loved ones. Become
an example for your family and community. Join with
me and live a longer, healthier life. Become the
newest member of fit martial artists who read "To
Your Health" and respond. It won’t cost you
a penny, but it will make you happier, healthier,
better to yourself and to others.
If you have questions about exercise, fitness or building
a healthier lifestyle, please do not hesitate to
add a post in the Health and Fitness
portion of the USADOJO.COM Forum. If you have a personal
question that you don't wish to post in the forum
you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and
I will answer your questions and concerns weekly.
Good bye for now and hope to hear from you soon.
Be well my friends and I wish you the best in this