Friday, September 9th, 2016
Exercise: The Drug That Does it All
It is an eight kilometre trek for Nick and I. Brihat leapfrogs us with the van, but does some walking, too. That gets us from the centre of Hastings, at the guest-house where we are staying, to Govardhan Farms on Friendly Acres Road. It’s a pleasant walk with little traffic. We relish the countryside sights, sounds and smells.
Eight kilometres is great for a morning workout. We also get a good portion of our allotted soft-volume chanting done. And when we arrive at the eco-friendly farm, we put ourselves to work, harvesting tomatoes, squash, beans and okra. It’s the bending over and squatting that works extra muscles.
I’m compelled to quote from this month’s “Time” magazine in regard to—in particular—walking and yoga.
For strength, yoga is beneficial.
“Lift your own body weight and flow through intense poses, and yoga will give you strength with a side of mindfulness and stress relief.”
For cardio, walking excels.
“With the lowest quit rate of any type of exercise, walking improves memory, well-being, heart health and even creativity.”
In the article, McMaster University’s Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky concludes his research with “The most effective therapy available to my patients right now is exercise.”
It’s not surprising that more than half of all baby boomers report doing no exercise whatsoever, and 80.2 million Americans over the age of six are entirely inactive.
For the sake of longevity, optimism and service to others, let’s do the workout needed.
May the Source be with you!