We are now focusing on the second of the twelve Primary Foods Groups that affect our lives in a profound way – Physical Activity.
People need to exercise. Our bodies thrive on movement, and quickly degenerate without it. The challenge is to find the types of exercise you enjoy most, and then build them into your life. Physical activity can take simple and modest forms, like getting off the subway or bus one stop earlier and walking to your destination. It can be taking the stairs, instead of the elevator, to your office or apartment. It can be taking your dog for a walk or your children to the park. A 30-minute brisk walk every day may be all you need to keep yourself in shape. It’s good to find something you can do every day without altering your schedule too much. Making physical activity a simple, daily habit greatly increases your chances of staying active.
Something interesting I’ve noticed is people’s inclination to choose exercise that aggravates their current condition. In gyms, the bulky, aggressive people tend to lift weights, which makes them even bulkier and more aggressive. Yoga classes are often full of delicate, vegetarian-type people who would probably be grounded and strengthened by doing some weightlifting, just as a yoga class would lighten weightlifters.
Movement is a lot like food. Once you understand how different types of movement nourish your body, you can put together a menu of activities to keep yourself in balance. For example, if you have been feeling frail and unfocused, you could choose vigorous exercise to make you feel stable and powerful, such as kickboxing or running. On the other hand, if you feel tight and tense, you can choose gentler exercise to increase lightness and flexibility, such as swimming or yoga.
Be experimental and find a routine you can nourish yourself with on a regular basis.
Source: Integrative Nutrition by Joshua Rosenthal