Exercise is a basic healthy habit. When I talk about exercise with my patients you can tell right away if they are for exercise or they are, well I know I should but, type of person. Exercise is a must if you want to stay healthy.

Personally I enjoy cardio work but it’s not for everyone.  On a weekly basis I will do five out of the following list of exercises, run, interval running, step up, rebounder, walk, incline workout, dance aerobics, bike riding, rollerblading, target strength aerobics and a few others.  I never do the same 5 each week.  You need to mix them up from week to week.  As well I stretch before and after each workout. At the end of some of my workouts I will use my exercise ball or just my own body weight to do balance and core work.  I am by no means an expert on exercise, therefore if you want to start a program you should consult a specialist in this field.

Back in 1995 when I had a muscular challenge, my muscles atrophied.  Once I started to heal, I had to start exercising again.  Just walking was a challenge and it took a lot of my strength just to put one foot in front of the other.  Therefore for anyone who is going to get started on the healthy habit of exercise, walking is a good place to start.  Start walking, 5 minutes and increase to 10 minutes in a week. Continue to increase in 5 minute intervals until you can walk for 30 minutes.  Once you have accomplished 30 minutes, increase your pace.  Exercise is about increasing your heart rate but doing it safely.  I believe in consistency.  Don’t try to do too much all at once, be consistent.  Form a good exercise healthy habit.

One of the best exercises is a rebounder or mini trampoline.  It’s funny, this exercise has been around for a very long time.  I first read about the rebounder when I studied Bernard Jenson and Iridology.  The rebounder is not only a great exercise for cardio but it is great for core work and moving your lymphatic system.  You tube has some great demonstrations of lymphatic exercises with the rebounder. 

One of my good friends enjoys pilates.  We took a class together but I don’t think the teacher appreciated me, or should I say my comments.  At one point in time the teacher was explaining how our thighs should be touching, well I lost it in laughter.  I replied, my thighs have touched since I was born. My point is that each and every one of use should find the type of exercise that fits us.  That might sound funny but different body types and personality types require different exercise programs.

The key to exercise is to increase your heart rate.  You can increase your heart rate by stretching and doing deep breathing exercises.

Weights can help to increase bone density. Osteo can be reversed.  Many people have had the health challenge of a broken hip and sad to say many have died of the residual effects of a broken hip.  Not the broken hip itself but lung issues like pneumonia because they are stuck in bed.  Don’t let this happen to you.  You can use your own body weight to keep your bones strong. 

Since exercise should be a lifelong healthy habit, find some exercises that you actually enjoy.  Don’t limit yourself to the exercises mentioned in this article and don’t worry, it’s never too late to get started, just get started.

Diane Elms D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, Homeopath, Specialist in Drugless Cancer Care, 2006 Iridologist of the Year.  If you have any health related questions, contact Diane, diane@choicesforhealthandharmony.com or 905 768 0848.

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