I recently had a conversation with my senior student and best friend regarding his physical condition. He is 60 years old and his wife commented about good he looks for his age. He attributed his conditioning to 38 years of martial arts training. Punching, kicking and all-around sparring, kata and everything else that goes with it.
We discussed some of our couch-potato friends and their lack of endeavor which seems to have enhanced their weight gain. There has to have been hundreds of volumes written on the subject.
What most of my friends don’t seem to understand is I pay very little attention to the prescribed types of food deemed “acceptable” to the so-called experts. Naturally I don’t go crazy with my diet and there is discipline in what I eat and drink. But evidently I train hard enough to burn off the effects of my sometimes poor eating habits. Of course my body dynamics could simply be the result of certain genetics but I don’t think so.
And then there is the mind. But what does that have to do with this lack of fat storage, you ask? To me, everything. As we envision, as we believe, and as we perceive, so we receive. We live in a fundamentally friendly universe which we create mentally with our belief systems. We do this collectively, all of us together. Which is why I’ve begun to direct my consciousness toward peace and contentment. And as an add-on thinking this way: “thin is in.” What’s important however is this thought is directed inward, and it definitely is not something coming from the outside in. I don’t work at avoiding outside influences necessarily, I just tend to ignore them. To work at avoidance is to burn energy needlessly. And in approaching 70 years old in a few months, I can use all the reserve energy I can muster.
Age and conditioning starts in the head. It starts in the head and finishes in the body. What do I mean by that?
It also pays to think young!