Jim Ringers went on a long journey to find health and fitness after a major accident and incredible recovery. You can benefit from his long journey and learn how to feel good while exercising!
Feeling Good You: The Art of Catching the Exercise High
by Jim Ringers
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting | Sports & Outdoors
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Now discover how life threw me a curveball…
I was in college enjoying my summer vacation when I decided to be the life of the party and jump off a pier into the water. Unfortunately, the water was not that deep and I ended up fracturing my 5th and 6th vertebrae in my neck, and rendering myself paralyzed from the waist down. I remember at the time I didn’t really believe in God; I was receiving a liberal arts education. But when I dove into shallow water the only thing I could do to help me make it to the surface was paddle with my right hand in a circular motion. My legs and left arm could not move, and my paddling was not enough force to take my body to the surface. At that very moment I cried out to God! Help me…
The very next instant I heard a splash of water behind me, then a highly skilled lifeguard put his arms underneath mine from the back and secured my neck like a vise. The paramedics then secured me on a stretcher, and flew me off to a local hospital. My life would never be the same. I was paralyzed from the waist down, and had trouble with all my extremities. My left hand was very weak and even my fingers lost a lot of their strength and dexterity. In a relatively short period of time, thankfully I was able to take my first steps. Then I started my long road to recovery.
As a result I began taking an interest in weight training, and I was certified from the NSCA as a personal trainer. After learning the benefits of exercise I moved on to martial arts, and earned a black belt after about 15 years of training. Having so many physical disadvantages or handicaps as a martial artist forced me to find ways to improve. I worked on my flexibility, balance, coordination, hand strength, breathing, and whatever else I could think of? I felt my body getting better as a martial artist, and although I recognized the risk of injury I could see and feel my body getting stronger and more coordinated bit by bit, but there was always an underlying bit of weakness and lack of coordination that I would never regain. Seeing and feeling the healing benefits of the martial arts prompted me to take an interest in the origins of martial arts, and I began reading and studying Qigong and Yoga.
Now I’m selling a book that teaches people the fundamentals of exercise. I’m doing this because my journey showed me things that an ordinary person may not discover about exercise. I look at exercise from a different perspective, most importantly I teach people to feel good through exercise. I feel if I can show people how to feel good through exercise it can change their life for the better. I’m doing this because I feel it’s a calling, so many people out there struggle with weight loss and with understanding the basic principles of exercise. I want to show them how easy and enjoyable this lifestyle can be.
This is important to me because I believe that feeling good is the cornerstone to everything in your life. If a great artist feels good chances are they will produce a better piece of art (This may not be the best example)? If a homemaker is feeling good I’ll bet they will clean the house a little better. No matter who you are or what you do, if you feel good you will be a better you! This is super important to me because teaching people how to feel good can change the world.
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