EXERCISE


Exercise should not be considered a specific therapeutic agent to be used in remedying all diseases, but a health-building agent. When you exercise you stimulate the functional activities throughout the body. The flow of nutritive material to the cells is increased, the joints of the body are made more agile, the circulation of the blood and other fluids is stimulated, the body is given a much-needed additional supply of oxygen because of the enforced deep breathing, and the vital organs are stimulated into greater activity. Through exercise you improve the condition of your entire body.

No creature in nature ever takes food without some amount of exercise. This may be the reason for the old folk saying, "no work, no food". Our fore-bearers and ancestors in every civilization were healthier than we are today because of the physical work they had to do. It’s as simple as that.

Activity or physical work is useful in helping with the digestion of food, sending it to the rest of the body, and eliminating waste material. That is the purpose of exercise. Exercise is as important as the food we eat, the water we drink, the sleep we get and the air we breathe.

Modern technology has excelled at creating machinery to do our work, but can those machines digest the foods in our bodies?

We may feel  that we have attained sophistication with all the technological advances and ask, "why strain ourselves?".

This attitude is based on an unawareness of the consequences of a lack of physical exercise that is directly related to an increase in pathogens like bacteria, viruses, worms etc. settling in our bodies. Unless exercise is fulfilled, food cannot be digested properly or eliminated properly for that matter.

The output of food should be proportionate to its input, but in an inactive person who does not exercise, 50 to 60 percent of this food stagnates in the body. Consequently, illness sets in. It is crucial therefore, to balance our lives so we create time for exercise. Exercise does not have to be complicated. At least 30 minutes of walking, running (depending on age) as well as stretching and muscle strength building is all that is required.

It has been suggested that morning exercise is best. Even if it means a strain for us, it is important that we make exercise a regular event right before breakfast and especially before the evening meal.

Let us begin our journey toward good health and change our daily routines and live naturally - Now!

EXERCISE AND FOOD RELATION


The three important things that we human beings are still not clear about: 
 
1) What food we should eat,
2) How much exercise we need to do (to properly release our
waste material) and,
3) How many hours we should rest before we eat again.

 
There is no creature on land or in water that does not know these things. Only we, human beings still seem unsure about how our own bodies work.

Our bodies are  made in such a way that if the quantity of waste material to be released is greater, more exercise is also provided to that creature.

For instance a tiger eats only flesh. Automatically the waste material created is more and it has to come out of the excretory organs totally. Its body is built in such a way that it can run hundreds of miles a day. That exercise is required for the food it eats. Since the waste material that comes out is great, it doesn’t touch food again until the waste is released. That’s why tigers eat once in 40 hours and sleep for 20 hours. That is the secret of this wonderful creation and the Creator's Intelligence that is found in all nature. 
 
On the contrary, the elephant, which has a relatively big body, eats only vegetarian food. So its released waste is less relatively. For this reason, the elephant is built to walk slowly. That amount of exercise is enough for it. The fecal matter is excreted every day. So the elephant keeps on eating from morning to evening. Ten to twelve hours of sleep a night is
sufficient for its excretory action. 
 
Who advised the tiger to take rest for so many hours? No one! The type and amount of food it eats suggests it to do so.

We must understand the fact that waste material is based on the food one eats, body’s exercise and even the rest taken.

If we understand this formula, we will automatically understand why we are prone to so many diseases. Our health or even ill health is based on this.
 

The Greek Ideal


We should look back and admire the ancient Greeks for the use they made of exercise. Throughout the Grecian lands were many gymnasiums in which the people could engage in gymnastics, swimming and other physical activities. The Greeks respected the athlete above everyone else. One could be poverty-stricken one day but could rise to fame, riches and honor on the following day if he performed some great athletic feat. Every four years the Greeks held their Olympic games, and these were the occasion for great festivities and amusement. The Greeks regarded them as the most important events in all Greece
and would give up almost anything to participate in them or to attend them. 

In addition, physical culture was the chief subject taught in the Grecian schools. In fact, these schools devoted more time to teaching physical culture than to all other subjects combined. The aim of the Greek was to attain perfection of mind and body.  The Greek felt that he could best do this by devoting attention to physical exercise, and indeed he was quite successful. The average Greek was far better developed than is the typical civilized man of today. The old Greek works of sculpture and art show quite
clearly his superior development. The greater part of the art of Greece was concerned with the glorification of the human body, and the poets of ancient Greece never tired of singing of the beauty of their gods and goddesses. They fairly worshiped the
beauty which results from giving attention to physical culture.

 

EXERCISE AND DISEASE 


Though exercise is chiefly of value in health maintenance rather than as a health restoring measure, there are some diseases which call for much exercise if recovery is to be expected. Chief of these are hernia, spinal deformities, infantile paralysis and varicose veins. It is practically impossible to correct any spinal curvature without giving exercise due attention over an extended period of time. The only natural remedy of hernia consist chiefly of exercise. Not all hernias may be corrected by exercise, but many can. Victims of the various forms of paralysis must exercise if they are to regain control of the affected areas.

Of course, exercise alone will not remedy paralysis but it is the most important hygienic measure to be employed. As for varicose veins, they have frequently been remedied through exercise alone, although the most rapid results are obtained if a fast precedes the
use of exercise. Running is the most effective exercise in cases of varicose veins. 

TYPES OF EXERCISE 

The use of athletics is desirable in any exercise program. Football, basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, track and handball all possess value in developing the various parts of the body. But is should not be assumed that each is a complete exercise in itself. Athletes who concentrate almost entirely upon one type of sport do not acquire a good all-around development. Some parts of the body are over-developed at the expense of others. A varied athletic program, one which includes the use of several different sports, is best.

Perhaps the only sport which involves action of more parts and muscles of the body than any other is swimming.

Gymnastic activities are also good as all-around body-developers. 

There are many who engage in considerable physical labor and consequently believe that they do not need any extra exercise. But there are very few, if any, kinds of work which form complete exercise programs. Work is in no sense capable of developing the body to a great extent. Most forms of work call for the use of only a few body parts most of the time, and even these are not exercised strenuously. Real, worthwhile exercise consists of more than one body movement. Many people in their daily activities are continually moving about. But their muscles remain poorly developed. The best exercise calls for real
exertion. If the exercise you do calls for no particularly great effort it is of little value. And as most forms of physical work do not call for any strenuous activities they are inadequate. They do not supply you with the exercise you need in order to possess the
best state of health. 

A great deal of misinformation has been given in recent years about the value of walking as an exercise.

Walking is called the best of exercises, one which will do much to improve the general condition of the body. But from the standpoint of science, walking is of little value. It is a good exercise for people who cannot do more than walk. Walking really is equivalent to most forms of work; it allows simple, almost effortless body movements. Instead of attempting to walk your way to health you should run your way to health.

Running is not a complete exercise but it can do wonders in building strong,well-developed legs. It also induces deep breathing and is a good exercise for the lungs.
The fact that deep breathing is desirable doesn't mean that you should engage in special forms of this exercise.

In recent years much has been written about special breathing exercises which involve inhaling a certain number of breaths through the nose and exhaling them out through the mouth, and vice-versa. Many such exercises had their origin in India and were first used as a means of acquiring special mental powers. They were a part of the training of the Indian exponents of the "Yogi" philosophy. Yoga does not harm the body, but neither does it help in the same way that physical exercise does. It can provide an excellent way to stretch and relax body muscles. Additionally, you can give your lungs all the exercise they need and supply the body with all the oxygen it needs simply by indulging in some good physical exercise from time to time.

AGE AND EXERCISE


There are no age groups of people who should not exercise. Physical activity will help you whether you are 10 years old or 80 years old. The newest medical philosophy advises one to participate in no appreciable amount of exercise after 40. It is quite true that many people, after living for 40 years upon refined, devitalized foods, are too weak to indulge in much exercise. 

Perhaps it is this which has prompted medical authorities to restrict exercises to young people. However, chronological age and physiological age don't always go hand in hand. There are some people who, at the age of 60, are as young from a physiological standpoint as those who have lived only 30 years. And there is no reason why such people should not exercise.

People who live upon the conventional diet age prematurely; they are too weak to exercise at an age when they should be in their top physical condition. If you use only natural foods you can exercise at regular intervals throughout your life. The Hunza
of India play polo at the age of 80, and you can be active at that age too if you follow a proper mode of living. Other ancient tribes are also capable of engaging in...contd...

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