Why do we exercise our joints?

Do you know why most physical exercises – be it yoga, aerobics, weight training, etc. – stress on moving the joints of the body? Why, even spiritual practices across religions - like the sashtang namaskars of Hindus, or the namaz that Islam professes, or the kneeling down in the church – all, involve bending and ‘activating’ the joints. The reason lies in the fact that the energy in the body gets ‘trapped’ at the joints and therefore it becomes necessary to exercise the joints to keep the energy moving.

For our body to be healthy, it is imperative that the energy in it keeps flowing freely. In fact, if you concentrate on doing just activity throughout life, life’s goodness will come your way. Everything that occurs or doesn’t occur in our life is a result of the energy flow in our body – both physical and mental.

This flow can get hampered due to a number of reasons like ego, bad health, faulty thinking, hidden emotions, a poor and thin aura, bad relationships, guilt, jealousy, etc. Conversely, it can also be said that all these negative attributes arise due to poor energy flow.

A major contributor of a lack of energy movement is when you do not exercise your joints. That is why the seers across religions, devised exercises and rituals in such a way, combining it with adequate amount of discipline and societal pressure that the individual indulges in activities that helps to keep his energy moving. So much so, that it becomes part of his daily living even without his realizing it.

What would happen if the joints are not exercised?

To explain this, I’ll give the example of a water canal since after all, water is a form of energy. Consider a canal that bends at two points. Water will flow in it smoothly in as long as it is long and straight. But when the bend occurs, the water takes a while to change direction. It will splash against the walls of the canal, create a vortex there due to the pressure before ultimately changing its direction. Ditto at the other bend as well.

This constant pressure situation at the bends will cause erosion of the soil and wear and tear of the canal’s walls in those areas, isn’t it? It therefore becomes necessary for the hydraulics department to keep cleaning the bends and making sure no silt formation takes place there. When the silt deposits increase, the quantity of water flowing further down the canal also decreases.

The same principle operates in our body as well. Exercises – spiritual and fitness – are techniques to avoid the ‘silt’ formation in the joints because when the joints are not exercised, the quantum of energy flowing down to the other parts of the body will also decrease. That is why, joint pain is usually the first type of pain that springs up in our body.

So, keep those joints moving and with it, your energy.