Since time and effort is the most concerning factor, the routine has to be sustainable. One would need to spend enough time, but not too much that other things get compromised and the body gets stressed out. This way, month after month, year after year will you get better at what you do.
If a practitioner trains hard one week but slacks the next week, it is very likely that the break will cause the hard work to be undone. When the practitioner picks up the practice again, he or she will be lagging behind. This is undesirable as it will bog improvement. That is why a fitness routine has to be sustainable in the long run.
In these days, city people are reflecting on the lifestyle habits of the average workaholic and salary man and considering if the way time is spent today is really as productive. They are taking reference from the lifestyle habits of people in the old days, or in developing countries. Is it possible that having lesser things to focus on can make a person spend time with more quality?
Especially for artists, they have travelled to the countryside and found that the artists there have higher level of refinement in certain aspects. That also includes martial arts.
Kung Fu practitioners are spread all over the world, however those residing in the countryside in China are very refined and seasoned. They may not have as much competitive achievements as urban martial artists, but it cannot be denied that their personal skills are honed to high level which people without the focus and commitment will not be able to achieve.
Though it is true that there is much lesser distractions in the countryside, there is one factor that plays a huge part. These people spend their day according to the recommendations of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
From the Huang Di Nei Jing, the human body is said to harmonize with the time of the day in nature. So at certain time of the day, it is better to sleep, at certain time of the day, it is better to work as your energy will be strong and your mind sharp. It is based on the Yin and Yang principles, and the Si Xiang changes.
The human body is believed to be a magnet with a North and South Pole. As we know, the Earth is also a magnet. So the theory works by the human body’s magnetic field harmonizing with the planet’s magnetic field. The energy of the sun is also taken into consideration, with the direction of the sun directly above our head during midday, and the sun in the direction under our legs during midnight.
And as the planet is slightly tilted and have four seasons, the conditions vary from season to season. Even if the person believes himself to be disconnected from nature as an independent being, light, temperature and the quality of the atmosphere will surely affect his body. And we all know that spending the whole day indoors with no contact with the outside world is the worst for health.
Let us look at how ‘living with the times’ can make the most of our inner workings. Chinese medicine recommends these activities at different times of the day: