August 26, 2013 | Posted in Heart / Circulation, Mind / Mood, Muscles / Bones

Inner and outer activity are in play when a person exercises.  This activity is an enormous boon to health, almost a universal preventive medicine and often a treatment.

On the inner side, a person’s will and self-discipline initiate and maintain an exercise program. If exercise is compulsive, it is not a free act, as the exercise runs the person, more than the person being in charge of the exercise.

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The best exercise involves three types: strength training, cardio vascular aerobic exercise, and flexibility workouts. These make up common exercise programs readily available today.

For blood group O, the first blood group on earth, exercise is considered a first medicine.

Isometric exercise occurs when an irresistible force meets an immovable (or almost immovable) object. The common example is flexing a muscle. Isometric exercise should be avoided by people who have high blood pressure. That said, strength or resistance training builds muscle mass, which helps insulin – glucose metabolism, and almost any disease that is diagnosed. Even advanced cancer patients do better with significant exercise programs.

Aerobic exercise involves moving the body through space, creating increased respiratory rate and pulse rate. It involves weight-bearing of our own body weight if we walk/run. Weight- bearing is not a part of swimming, which can be aerobic, and gives buoyancy to people who might otherwise have joint problems with weight bearing exercise.

Flexibility exercises come through common stretching routines, and yoga. Originally yoga exercises were designed for the male body, but are widely done by both genders and all ages with benefit.

Intentional exercise such as eurythmy, T’ai Ch’ih or dance require mental focus of a different type, and combine aerobic and resistance exercise, often using the body itself as the resistance.  See Eurythmy therapy.

Dancing has as much value in preventing dementia as reading does, perhaps because the exercise itself is combined with attention both to a partner and to music (spatial orientation, rhythm), and is part of ongoing learning. Not to mention the enjoyment.

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**Cautions**

Persons with known cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and other degenerative diseases should get approval from practitioner to go from a sedentary to an exercising lifestyle.

Intense exercise during acute illness can work to escalate the symptoms of the acute illness, although fresh air and mild exercise (take a walk, warmly dressed) can be beneficial.

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