The Value of Balance

Before you decide that hard work is the way to prevent aging, consider that “work” as defined by physics is not synonymous with sweat and strain.

Work is needed to create orderliness and oppose the force of entropy. Exercise has a quantum effect, regardless of how much or little you do, by giving the body a chance to restore subtle patterns of functioning. Because the body uses both creation and destruction to keep its vital processes going, doing constant work is not the answer. Exercise has to be balanced by rest, because there is extensive muscle destruction during exercise that needs to be restored in periods of rest.

In every area of life the key is balance, a very general term that can be broken down into four headings: Moderation, Regularity, Rest, and Activity. Moderation means not going to extremes. Regularity means following a consistent routine. Rest means rest. Activity means activity. The cycle of rest and activity in lower animals is dictated by instinct, which humans are free to override. If we override it in the wrong direction, then we actually hasten entropy.

Adapted from The Essential Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2007).

54 comments

Fi T.
Fi T.3 years ago

This is a perfect moment

Aditya n.
Aditya n.3 years ago

yes .. we can search for balance......... (as men strive for perfection)..but you know what happens when we search perfection... but life is a seesaw........... (also known as a teeter-totter or teeter board)...and life is certainly not thermodynamics ...there are only 2 aspects to life ..either you are in motion or just standing still (when you will be standing still and try to balance..life will be passing by ) and when you will be in motion ..nothing can ever be balanced .(cause you will be running with life)

Roger M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Balance in all things, yes.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

good reminders

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Angela N.
Angela N.4 years ago

thanks.

Jules S.
juliana S.4 years ago

great points!

Loo Samantha
Loo sam4 years ago

thanks for the article.

Treesa Math
tia Math4 years ago

balance is the message the world needs!

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

Excellent advice, thank you...