A Harvard physician reveals some surprising secrets about exercise.
For many people, their idea of exercise is spending hours in the gym multiple days a week or running for incredibly long distances at breakneck paces. The thought of exercise is grueling and unpleasant, a chore that must be accomplished on a regular basis if one is to enjoy good health.
This is, perhaps, one reason why many people fall by the wayside while trying to implement an exercise regimen, despite the fact that it is well known that exercise contributes in a very serious way to good health. The benefits of exercise are well known: exercise has benefits for the heart, the musculoskeletal system, the brain, and for maintaining healthy weight and metabolism.
Often, however, people’s image of what exercise should be––the marathon runs, or excruciating hours of lifting weights––are not the types of exercise that are known to promote optimal health. Sometimes, these can often be more detrimental to the body than beneficial.
So what kinds of exercises should we engage in if we our goal is to promote health?
Recently, an article published on Business Insider provided a list of the best exercises for health, according to Harvard physical, I-Min Lee.
These including swimming, tai chi, strength training, walking, and kegel exercising.
The strength training exercises described in the article (the only exercise mentioned that comes close to what many imagine exercise as being) were not what you might imagine, either. Instead, the article cited quick, high-intensity interval training regimens––some as short as 7 minutes, per day, total––or resistance training regimens that should be incorporated as little as two days per week.
Swimming, the article stated, constitutes a virtually strain-free aerobic exercise with benefits for muscles and the cardiovascular system.
Perhaps most interesting is the benefits afforded simply by walking. Other studies have indicated walking can assist in lowering weight, lowering blood pressure, and can assist in relieving depression.
Walking is something most people can do, regardless of their physical condition.
Incorporating simple exercises into your regimen is an important part of maintaining good health, and should be a key part of your Kaufmann 1 or 2 Diet regimen. Particularly if you are using the Kaufmann Diets as a modality for weight loss, adding in exercise is key.
If you are new to health, The Kaufmann Diet, or exercising, start by simply incorporating a short, daily walk into your regimen. The results you experience might surprise you.