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A Balanced Approach to Exercise

We know exercise is good for us. We do some exercise and we feel good. Exercise benefits our body, mind and emotions. To exercise, to move, to work, to dance, to walk, to stretch is our natural way of being. The human body has evolved to perform a wide variety of movements and exercises over many millions of years.  However, the modern Western lifestyle does not support our natural existence and our bodies can get out of balance. Exercise therefore provides a method of regaining a sense of balance in our body, mind and our whole life.

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Medical research has proven countless times that exercise will improve many aspects of our life. Studies have shown that exercise will improve our physical abilities of strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, balance, co-ordination and so on. But even more important is how exercise can benefit our overall wellbeing.

Most of us are now aware that cardiovascular exercise will not only improve our fitness, but will also have spill-over effects into other aspects of our lives. Many studies have confirmed that regular cardiovascular exercise reduces many health conditions common to those who lead a Western lifestyle, such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attack, asthma, certain types of cancer and depression. These studies have also shown that regular exercise increases longevity and the standard of living throughout old age.

Improvements in strength and flexibility will also have spill-over effects into other aspects of our health, reducing the risk of injury, arthritis, postural deformities and other conditions, such as osteoporosis, and diabetes.

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