Time to exercise…easy
Author: Maharishi Ayurveda Date Posted:7 November 2016
Exercise is great for balancing weight, enhancing digestive strength and overall metabolism, creating strength in the body, reducing insomnia and reducing stress and tension in mind and body.
Ayurveda understands that although exercise can have profound benefits, like everything else, your exercise should be done to suit your nature, time of life, the season, the time of day and your overall strength.
The Ayurvedic recommendation - exercise to 50% of your capacity
This is indicated when you begin to sweat profusely and breathing becomes so heavy that you have to breathe through your mouth. Pushing your body to its limits does strengthen the muscles and has localised benefits, but it can cause stress, strain and imbalances in other parts of the body.
When the body is under strain it produces excess free radicals which can damage the body and cause premature aging. By slowly building up your capacity for more exercise you avoid creating free radicals in the process and then once you are in shape and feeling fit, you can actually do more each day without accumulating free radicals.
The principle of exercising to 50% of your capacity produces immediate benefits - instead of feeling exhausted after exercising, you feel exhilarated and enlivened. This is more likely to make you want to exercise again, and because it is not damaging to your physiology, you can comfortably exercise every day.
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How much exercise is right for me?
People with a Vata predominant nature, a Vata imbalance, or currently in Vata time of life (over 60) should take mild, daily exercise such as walking, swimming, yoga and light bicycling.
People with more Pitta in their nature should take moderate daily exercise such as brisk walking, swimming, tennis, cycling or moderate weightlifting.
Kapha natured people can do more vigorous exercise including jogging, aerobics, swimming and weightlifting. Most exercise is suitable for the stronger and heavier Kapha build. Exercise is best done during Kapha time of day in the morning from 6am until 10am. Lighter exercise is also suitable during Kapha time in the evening from 6pm until 10pm, but is best done not too close to bedtime. The heavy, lethargic qualities of Kapha are strongest during spring so this is a great time to start up an exercise programme to offset this increase of Kapha in your physiology.
Wishing you the bliss of being active this week.