August 16, 2011

Everybody talks about exercise as a way to look and feel healthy - and they are correct. I believe that exercise is a personal experience based on age, weight, health issues, time availability, among other basic factors. There are so many ways one can exercise, that finding the best way for each person is the key. Like everything see we do, it is a process of trial, error, and maintenance.

In the world of spirituality, people practice Yoga, Pilates, and other simple ways to exercise and balance body, mind and soul.

To look good and feel good is to eat healthy, exercise, sleep well, and above all get rid of - or at least reduce STRESS - part of the human equation that goes with anxiety, fear and panic. Humans are ruled by their emotions which has a greater impact on physical health than many people realize.

When one becomes depressed the desire to exercise is lost and professional help is needed. Then it's back to exercise for balance and to feel more empowered.

One of the things humans miss is a loss of their powers - like Superman when his powers are taken away. For now we are stranded here in physical reality - in a limited experience - waiting for it to end then to move to something that enables us to fulfill our full potential.

If the mind is healthy the body will remain healthy and exercise of any kind will come naturally. If the mind is unstable, so too is the body, though exercise can relieve symptoms and help one gain FOCUS - another key word in our evolution.

15-minute daily exercise is 'bare minimum for health'   BBC - August 16, 2011

Just 15 minutes of exercise a day can boost life expectancy by three years and cut death risk by 14%, research from Taiwan suggests.

The UK government recently updated its exercise advice to have a more flexible approach, recommending adults get 150 minutes of activity a week. This could be a couple of 10-minute bouts of activity every day or 30-minute exercise sessions, five times a week, for example. Experts say this advice still stands, but that a minimum of 15 minutes a day is a good place to start for those who currently do little or no exercise.

The Lancet study, based on a review of more than 400,000 people in Taiwan, showed 15 minutes per day or 90 minutes per week of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, can add three years to your life.

And people who start to do more exercise tend to get a taste for it and up their daily quota, the researchers from the National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan, and China Medical University Hospital found.

More exercise led to further life gains. Every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise further reduced all-cause death rates by 4%. And research from Australia on health risks linked to TV viewing suggest too much time sat in front of the box can shorten life expectancy, presumably because viewers who watch a lot of telly do little or no exercise.

Physical activity offers huge benefits and these studies back what we already know - that doing a little bit of physical activity each day brings health benefits and a sedentary lifestyle carries additional risks.