The Best Exercise
People ask me about my opinion on exercise and here goes: I think the best exercise is the exercise that you enjoy enough to keep doing it. The main thing with exercise is that it is done often. Fifteen minutes a day is better than one hour twice a week. They say that interval training is the best, that you can do 15 minutes of interval and it is equivalent to 1 hour of say walking on a treadmill at a constant pace. The reason that interval training is better is that it keeps the body guessing. I always tell my patients that variety is good in exercise. This 'keeping the body guessing' leads to a stronger body. The body is above all else a survival machine, and if you change your exercise up, it will react by making you stronger, more able to take whatever you throw at it. I also recommend taking an Ayurvedic dosha (bodytype) test online, because certain body types are more suited for doing different types of exercise. But again, the main thing is that you find something that you enjoy doing and do it on a daily or semi-daily basis, and throw in some variety to approximate interval training. Too much exercise can actually break the body down. I don't recommend marathons or iron man triathlons - unless that is your passion. If something is your passion and it breaks down your body over time its most likely still worth it.
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Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond