Stop Exercising, Doctor's Orders!

October 8, 2014 5:17 PM

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Stop Exercising, Doctor's Orders!

I used to exercise. Following the advice of the pundits, I counted my miles, watched my calories burn in the small LCD display in front of me, and stared at the wall. It wasn't fun. In fact, it felt like a chore. I wasn't even sure it worked. Come to think of it, looking right and left around my gym, I saw clearly that it didn't. Droves of people came and went, sweaty and exhausted; but it was short-lived, and few seemed inspired. To be fair, I imagine there is something about being in a gym, or in a studio, and watching people work hard to improve their condition. There is no question that others around you can be motivational. Still, there is something more that we can get out of movement.

The essential truth is that activity is important for health and wellness. "Exercise," however, especially that which is confined indoors to machines, is not the type of activity that promotes the mind-body integration that in turn connects all the dots of our health. The late Joan Rivers told a jok...

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