Move your body to feel better

DesiréeIt’s feeling like spring outside, and after months of inactivity, now seems like the right time to start getting physically active. Read on to find out how exercise can benefit your health and longevity.

Activate Your Health with Exercise

Yes, exercise will give you a fit physique, but the benefits of daily exercise can be much broader than that. Regular exercise can help promote physiological well-being, strengthen the immune system, maintain joint mobility, increase energy – the list goes on and on.

In fact, research has confirmed that the more active you are, the longer you will live. In one study, the group that burned more than 3,500 calories a week lived the longest. It should come as no surprise that caged animals have more health problems and live a shorter life than free-range animals. So get out there and get active – your body will thank you for years to come!

Too out of shape? If you are recovering from an illness or just feel completely out of shape, begin slowly by exercising only five minutes a day — but do it every day. Incrementally increase the time by five minutes each week. By week four, you’ll be up to 20 minutes.

In my two decades of investigating the daily activities of centenarians, I found that everyone walked for at least 30 minutes a day, and most walked more than an hour. Aside from the proven benefits for your heart, walking is the perfect gentle exercise for cleansing your lymphatic system, increasing your circulation, and improving your digestion by helping food move along the digestive tract. If you are looking for a gentle movement exercise to improve your overall health, try my Self-Healing Qi Gong DVD. It will help sooth your spirit, release healing energy, tone your body and enhance balance.

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