The more I study the four ‘legs’ which hold steady our ‘table of life’, the more fascinated I become by just how connected and inter-dependent they are.

Why should there be such a close relationship between sleep, food, meditation and exercise?

Very hard to say, but if any one of them is out of balance, for any length of time, the effects will probably be reflected eventually in all the others.

Take for example, the morning you wake, not having had a good night’s sleep. You are unlikely to be enthusiastic about physical exercise. You might not then eat properly, as your appetite is reduced. This could then be followed by an unsuccessful meditation, if you fall asleep.

This cycle can easily continue, with your eventually becoming lethargic and apathetic, until you find the discipline to break it.

The successful way to do this, would probably be to find which of the four is most seriously out of line, then concentrate on getting that right. Gradually, you can create the circumstances for each of the four to get back into balance.

While there are many and varied opinions, about the make up of all four of our ‘legs’, exactly what kindof exercise and how much, is probably the most controversial.

Man walking in a trail with landscape in the background
Man walking in a trail with landscape in the background

We have probably all known of the ‘couch-potato’ type who lived happily into old age, as well as the health-freak, who died of a heart attack before age 50.

Somewhere between these two extremes, we should be able settle on a routine which suits our own constitution.

Because exercise needs to be at least as regular as the other three ‘legs’, it makes sense to find activities in which we can take pleasure, as well as benefit health-wise.

The goal here is to provide ideas and suggestions, which are based on a mixture of common sense andexperience, remembering that common sense is not always as common as one would hope.

The acceptance of the vast differences between people, as well as the known similarities, makes the thesearch for the right exercise routine as interesting as the quest for near-perfection, in the otherthree ‘legs’ of ‘table’ on which our life is served up to us.