Friday, February 22, 2013
Stability...what does it mean to me. The dictionary defines stability as the state or quality of being stable; firmness in position; continuance without change, permanence; resistance to change, especially sudden change or deterioration.
My definition of stability is the opposite. I believe that before you can be stable, you must be flexible. Flexibility is the core of stability and gives stability its strengths.
For example, in order to continue living where I am, I have to be flexible in the things that are important to me. As my rent increases this cycle, I have to be flexible with my purchases and give up my Weight Watchers online program and will be switching cable/internet companies to help with expenses. At work when I am working on an important project, stability is important in order to get the project completed. But in the reality of things, I must remain flexible enough to take care of many different things at once. If I were not able to stop one project to work on another then I would never get my job completed.
In exercise, one of the best exercises you can do is Pilates. Plates builds strength in your muscles but also incorporates yoga which increases flexibility. The flexibility of the yoga and the strength of pilates helps to increase the stability of the body. With food choices, you can have a stable diet...however, a healthy diet, when it becomes stable, can cause your body to become stagnant in weight loss. Your body gets used to the calories and your metabolism gets slower. To be flexible in the foods you eat leads to the stability of a healthy lifestyle.
Do we want stability in our lives? Of course! Stability helps to make us accountable. Stability can be that one thing that gets us off the couch and out the door with our walking shoes on. Stability helps us to build habits that can be either good or bad. Flexibility helps us to adjust those habits to lead to better health. For me, a stable life is a flexible life.