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July 16, 2014
These days virtually everyone is lacking in certain nutrients. Depleted soils, processed foods, stress and other factors are the reasons for this. Many people just don't have the energy and vitality to live life fully and even to overcome minor illnesses.
And this is why doing too much exercise is not a good idea these days. Over-exercising, meaning exercising to exhaustion or exercising too often, further depletes bodies that are already tired and run-down.
You should still do SOME exercise but gentle ways are best like walking, rebounding and free-flowing, calisthenic-type exercises such as those on my website. Swimming is good but for most people this means using public pools and unfortunately the chemicals added to the water are unhealthy for you long term. You can also pick up infections from pool water.
What about sports? I wouldn't say stop all sports but hard, vigorous sports can deplete even young people. And young people are typically the ones who prefer junk foods and don't get enough sleep.
My suggestion is to focus primarily on diet and a few important lifestyle factors and do gentle exercise only. I use a rebounder at home and love it, as do my kids.
Diet-wise, few people eat enough vegetables every day. They also don't drink enough water every day and they eat too much sugar and rubbish carbs like white bread.
Lifestyle factors to pay attention to include getting enough sleep every night and minimizing stress.
I've touched on some huge topics here - exercise, diet and lifestyle - and an email could never cover it all, but by following the above suggestions you will improve your health.
1. Gentle exercise is better than hard, vigorous exercise
2. Eat more vegetables: Fill 3/4 of your plate with (cooked not raw) vegetables, lunch and dinner
3. Drink more water: Adults need 2-3 litres a day. Make water your main drink.
4. Avoid sugar and white flour products
5. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Kids/teens need at least 10 hours
6. Avoid stress as much as possible. Learn how to handle it better
For those who believe hard, fast or strenuous exercise is what you need to lose weight or deal with stress, I suggest gentle exercise only and focusing on diet and lifestyle is a better, healthier way.
As for things like supplements and detoxification, I believe these days it's necessary. Food these days, even organic produce, is just not as nutritious as it once was. Toxins are everywhere - in the air, water, food, our homes, at work and therefore in our bodies. More on these topics in future emails.
Great idea: Create a new email folder and save each health tip for easy access later - you never know when you might need one of them!
About the Author
Matthew Scott is a professionally trained Chinese medicine practitioner from Australia. In 2000, after ten years in private practice, Matthew went to China to further his studies for a few months. He has been there ever since, immersed in the culture, raising a family and showing people worldwide the Chinese way of health.
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The content of this email is not to be considered as medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified health professional before starting or changing any health or fitness program.
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