Why should I exercise?

In my naturopathy clinic in Sydney I see people who are engaged in various amounts of exercise. Like everyone else, most of my clients do not understand the need for exercise. In fact, they consider it a chore or something that is optional.

Here’s the thing though:

The majority of diseases, illnesses, and visits to the doctor or hospital are the results of living an unhealthy lifestyle and not getting enough exercise.

If you are taking medications for those illnesses or diseases without addressing your diet and exercise, you are sticking a plaster over a crater and simply hoping for the best.

Ask yourself these questions:

• Do you exercise a minimum of two times a week for more than an hour a time?

• Does that exercise include raising your heart rate considerably?

• Are you overweight?

• Do you have immobility issues that could be improved by weight loss and greater mobility?

• Do you have any of these diseases: diabetes, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, senile dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety?

We are biomechanical machines.

Our bodies require us to exercise (move) in order to move fluid around our bodies.

We are required to move to create peristalsis in our gut to move food along our gastrointestinal tract.

It is unlikely, however, that your health practitioner will fully address your need to move your body on a regular basis. Most health practitioners are simply not trained in biomechanics. They may give a cursory piece of advice to do a little exercise but they most likely will not really understand how much or what kind of exercise you should do.

We are animals and all animals need to stay healthy until they die. Unfortunately, in a modern society most people end up sick until they die or are sick for a very long time or chronically sick.

This is not natural, healthy or even a very good way to live. It is, however, very profitable for many in the medical industry who may make millions of dollars from your sickness.

Every time you move, you provoke your body to repair itself.

Movement and exercise increases the hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) produced by the adrenal gland which helps you have energy. It also increases the hormones serotonin and dopamine so you feel good, as well as the endorphins that reduce pain.

Movement and exercise also increase production of osteoclasts (bone-producing cells), increases and helps repair the three kinds of muscles – skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle tissues – as well and increasing the stability of joints.

We know from studying athletes, dancers and body builders that repetitive exercise increases muscle mass, tone and endurance.

When I say exercise, I am talking about treating the body respectfully, continually over a long period.

Many people abandon exercise because they sign up for a gym, go at it too hard and then give up because they are exhausted.

Here are some tips for setting up an exercise schedule that is right for you and your body:

• Include stretching, aerobics and resistance exercises

• Protect a time when you do the same exercise routines at the same times every week

• Allow a good amount of time to pay attention to your body

• Be gentle with your body and slowly increase its capacity

• Enjoy your time you spend with your body

• Get professional help to devise the right regular exercise for you

Do you need help setting up a suitable exercise regime?

I am a clinical naturopath, was a professional dancer and acrobat, and at 63 I still maintain an athletic training schedule, which means I have the same shaped body as I had when I was 16. You can consult with me at my Sydney naturopathy clinic or by Skype within Australia and other countries.

Call my clinic to book your naturopathy appointment on 02 8021 6429.

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