Wayne Dyer was the first to impress me with the old wisdom that "when the student is ready, the teacher will come." That's never been truer.
You may not realize it, but the science of physical fitness is pretty young. Sure, we always had athletes, but it wasn't until roughly fifty years ago that scientists started looking seriously at what components are necessary under what conditions for optimal fitness.
And by optimal fitness, I'm not talking about strength, speed, endurance or flexibility, I'm talking about all of it.
My Fitness History
Growing up in the country with lots of other kids my own age made fitness simple and easy. We played sports all year round, watched far less television or participated in fewer passive activities than kids do now. Our eating habits were still relatively sane.
Maybe like you, by the time I hit adulthood, the baseball leagues and pick up football games grew fewer and fewer. My waist expanded, my muscles got weaker and even my posture suffered.
Fed up with feeling like crap, at 42, I started running. Over the next few years, I grew leaner and stronger. But the demands on my time as my career expanded forced running to become a sometime thing.
My wife found some great aerobics shows we could follow. Later came yoga and more. But either from boredom or discomfort, I found it hard to stick with any of it for long. When I noticed exercise time creeping up on me, my inner demon started feeding me excuses about why, today, I probably should skip it.
Reluctance is not a great mental set point for physical fitness.
Then, My Wife Found Miranda
Early in the morning, when she's waking up with a cup of tea, my wife sometimes skips through the cable channels, looking for something interesting before the demands of the day swoop in. One morning, she found Classical Stretch on a public station. She recorded it, and before long we were completely hooked.
The brains behind Classical Stretch is a former ballerina, Miranda Esmonde-White. The shows feature "a full-body workout with dynamic strengthening and stretching exercises." What makes Classical Stretch different is Miranda's insistence that, although a small part of each session may be not so pleasant, most of it is filled with a refreshing feeling of your body being set free from age, stress and all the accumulated habits keeping you from feeling really great.
After two years, the back pain that used to shoot across my lower back whenever I turned over in bed at night is gone; the creeping pains from hours each day at the keyboard are melting; and among other things, when I stand now, it's all six feet, two inches, straight up and nothing lost to slouching.
I look and feel better than I have since I was a young guy and fitness was taken for granted.
But Miranda can show you better than I can. I'll post a couple of videos below. Watching, keep in mind that the beautifully fit lady you are watching is 66 years old. You can see that she practices what she preaches.
Oh, I forgot to mention, Classical Stretch shows are all of 24 minutes long. That's all you need to add to your 15 minutes of meditation. 39 minutes, total.