Ah, exercise. The little argued value to a healthy life, yet highly argued as to what is optimal exercise. The answer, like food, is it depends on the individual.
For most people exercise is about weight loss or maintaining weight. The old calorie in calorie out adage. I’m not of this camp. Diet and proper sleep/circadian rhythms are far more capable of helping you lose weight in my opinion. You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.
However exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle. I believe exercises from just general moving to intense workouts have a place in your life.
Light exercises like walking and slow paced activities are awesome because they are often communal or put you out in nature, which is good for the spirit. Getting outside gets you sunlight and all of nature’s good woowoo vibes. Activities get you social which is incredible for your health. Light activities reduce stress, and movement in general is good. We are not meant to be sedentary. Sitting after all is the new smoking.
Lack of physical activity is linked to:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Sleep Issues
- Brain Health
- Emotional Health
Further, I have no proof of this but I once heard a theory that I loved that activities like walking can help you lose weight because it signals to your brain that you want to be active so your body helps you to be active by shedding weight. Sort of an epigenetic thing. (and that wasn’t even a scientific theory with studies, though I think it may have been a doctor blogger’s theory, but isn’t it a good one)
Types of exercise/movement I like:
Sports – I love for the social aspect of them. Surrounding yourself with friends is about the best thing you can do for your health in my opinion. They also can be high intensity, and some even sort of interval training (like soccer or basketball where the running comes in spurts) which I will go on to explain why I love.
Yoga – I’m not going to even go into, because the Internet is full of reasons as to why yoga is awesome, and I couldn’t agree more. I will say though that I especially love yoga because it is quality exercise that is good for almost anybody. Like I said, everyone’s optimal exercise routine is different, but yoga pretty much fits into everyone’s. It can be a great stress reducer too if you can find one a type/time/place you enjoy.
HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training – This is a very popular type of workout these days. For good reason. HIIT training increases VO2 (oxygen uptake), supports heart rate variability and strength, improves blood glucose control and increasing intensity (especially muscular) releases a interleuken-6 an anti-inflammatory.
These are all great things. It’s also the quickest way to get a full body workout that is good for your heart, energy, and whole body. Buuuuut it’s not the right type of exercise for everyone, so it’s definitely a good idea to get a doctor’s opinion before starting this training. For instance someone with late stage adrenal fatigue (low cortisol and energy) may not want to be doing HIIT routines because it can often be a high stress exercise.
The Vibe – Kind of sort of an exercise. Whole body vibration plates are incredible, because they support the lymphs and detoxification. Further it supports the immune system, increases muscle strengths and bone density and stimulates brain function. And like yoga, can fit into almost anyone’s routine. You can also do exercises on The Vibe to increase difficulty/intensity/effectiveness depending on the exercise.
And that’s just the tip of the exercise iceberg. There are so many programs and routines out there.
Change it up. Keep it interesting. Have fun. And most importantly take time to recover. But if you’re looking to get the most bang for your time HIIT routines, Body by Science super slow workouts, or the new up and coming if you can find it in your hood ARX machine seem to be where it’s at.
Popular exercises I have some problems with:
Static exercises like running for 45 min at a target heart rate and endurance training like this are actually kind of bad for your heart in the long run because they can lower heart rate variability, and heart rate variability is really important to long term heart health.
Crossfit – crossfit is doing skill-based exercises (such as snatches) to fatigue, but because you do it to fatigue there is a tendency to lose form as you fatigue and risk injury.
I’m not saying don’t do these types of exercise, especially if you like them and they motivate you to work out. Just be wary of the risks, and try change it up as much as your motivation allows for.
The Energy Takeaway
Exercise improves oxygenation to the blood and blood flow, which increases energy. It’s also a great chronic stress reducer, which just improves all of life.
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The Short of It:
I am not capable of diagnosing or treating diseases. Nor is that my intention. These statements have not been FDA approved. I’m a girl that has been studying holistic wellness for over 10 years, working on my own health, and feel compelled to share the information I have learned, that I believe in, and that has changed my vitality, performance, resilience, and health for the better. I of course can not guarantee its accuracy, though most has supporting scientific studies, it is always important to note that scientific studies are fallible and some are completed much more stringently than others. Again I’m only sharing information that I believe has improved my life. Further this article contains affiliate links (TOS) and I truly appreciate your support.