Exercise Part 4 – Exercise That Heals

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“Living is actually a struggle for fresh air. Keep the vast surface of the organism supplied with fresh air, and also observe all the other health rules, and there is no reason known to science why you should ever die.”

– Prof. J. S. Haldane, English Astronomer

Welcome back to our now familiar “exercise prescription”. I believe you had a very good and rewarding “break”, while incorporating the knowledge you had gained from the previous sections. We will now continue and delve into another juicy part of this “News broadcast”. Please continue  universitycafe to pay close attention.

The Role of Oxygen in Exercise

First, do you remember the above quotation from Part 2? Keep it in view as you will now see its relevance and the important message it conveys.

We have always been told from elementary school that we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. But the important role that oxygen plays in our survival or how much of it we need in order to survive has never been stressed strong enough. Neither has the technique for increasing or retaining it in our system long enough to be of maximum benefit, ever been taught in the school or at home. Consequently, the issue of good breathing and the value of oxygen in personal healthcare are taken for granted by most people. Most don’t really care.

But now I will reveal to you another SECRET that no one, and I mean no one, has ever told those who want to exercise or “work out”. If you know this, you will understand your need for some form of exercise or the other, in the course of your daily routine. Here it is:

Good Exercise is the technique for increasing the amount of oxygen available for the body’s use; and provides the means for retaining it long enough to be of maximum benefit to the person exercising. This is the Exercise that HEALS.

Therefore, exercise has a profound overall positive effect on your health if your lungs can absorb the maximum amount of oxygen that it has the capacity to take in by a default process, when you are breathing. This is because, an abundance of oxygen in your system helps to maintain the “tensile strength” and agility of your vital organs. This means that your brain, lungs, heart, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, stomach and the entire digestive and circulatory system, muscles, sinews, glands, tissues, bones, pancreas, spleen, body fluids, skin, just name it; will always be well nourished and fortified. Simply put, your Natural Defense (Immune) System will be strong, enhanced and well-fortified always. This is the key to being disease-free.

Exercising correctly and for the right duration of time, significantly improves the functions and abilities of the body’s organs. And the lungs play a primary and vital role in ensuring that adequate amount of oxygen is supplied to them, especially during exercise. Remember that “Living is actually a struggle for fresh air” (oxygen) and that you can choose which exercise to do; one that meets your demands or particular situation. You will know for sure if it is an exercise that heals, from the way you feel and the resultant condition of your overall health after doing it. Exercises come in various forms; so choose wisely and happily.

To Increase Your Organs’ Reserve Potential, Determine Your Own Threshold Point

We already know from the previous sections of this topic, that the cumulative effect of a regular good exercise programme, which helps to increase the amount of oxygen in your system, is that the reserve potential or reserve capacity of your organs becomes increased or sustained. You will therefore have a commensurate “threshold point” and your vital organs will not easily “wear out”, become brittle, “shrink” or “buckle” even when under pressure. It is the reason some people remain youthful, healthy and vibrant for so long; and also look younger than their age. Everybody is different and unique. You must determine your own “threshold point” while exercising. Please refer to Part Three where the issue was fully explained.

It does not matter what the complaint is. Whether it is a mental, emotional or physical trauma or weakness, an accidental injury, disease, stress, global financial crisis (like we have now – as of January 2009) or whatever the upheaval in your life, your system’s “reserve potential” (or the ability or power to survive), which has been built up over time by this process, is spontaneously called into play to protect you, smooth the “jagged edges”, calm the “troubled waters”, smother “raging fires” and absorb the shock of it all; while you go unscathed or unhurt, at least health-wise.

The Nature of Good Exercises (That Heal)

You can live a healthier, happier and longer life that is disease-free (a la malaria-free) in a stronger, vibrant, well-fortified body. Any good exercise or exercise programme should be able to build up, sustain and improve your system’s reserve potential or natural immunity. And it does not have to be a strenuous, back-breaking, nerve-racking, lengthy, “wacky” and complicated procedure or intimidating process.

From my experiences, the best exercises or exercise programmes which benefit most people are the ones which are tailored or customized to meet individual circumstances or situations. These are naturally simple, straight-forward, compact, intense but relaxing, exciting, consistent and relevant to the desired objective; and the results always exceed the expectations. It is the SECRET of successful weight-loss programmes because they have this good exercise factor, built in. It does make a lot of difference to know what works and is practically effective.

The Exercise That Heals Has The SECRET Science Factor Behind It

While defining “Threshold Point” in Part Three – The Secret Science Behind Exercise, I asked you to: “Take note of the term “sufficient intensity” because it is the cornerstone of the Secret.” Now I will explain it, so that you can really appreciate what it is.

When exercising, the KEY is to “pack a punch” into doing it. That means it must be done with a burst of mental, emotional and physical intensity; then followed by a brief interlude of relaxation. The entire process, as you can see will only take “a few minutes” for some individuals; while it will take longer for several others. The duration of these “few minutes” can only be determined by YOU; and also depends on the type or kind of exercise you are doing.

Furthermore, each “intensity” period which is immediately followed by “a brief interlude of relaxation” is called a “Cycle”. The duration of a cycle depends entirely on the ability of the person doing the exercise and the kind of exercise involved. And the number of cycles you can comfortably do to bring you satisfaction, or produce the positive signal or effect that you desire, during an exercise period, make up your “threshold point”.

This is not a static number and must therefore be made to be flexible such that you can make adjustments, up or down, as the need arises. Some are just fine with only “One Cycle” while others can comfortably do “Several Cycles” at each exercise period. The exercises or exercise programmes that heal therefore, have these factors incorporated in them.

The Two Sides Of The Coin

Knowing what to do and doing it right is a fundamental issue in all exercises and exercise programmes. There are two sides of the coin. This is the reason some people benefit from doing a particular exercise, but others don’t; and in consequence become frustrated. It may have to do with the way they are doing it or because it is not suitable for them. Sometimes, what is good to you may not necessarily be good for you. I learnt that fact, many, many years ago.

Therefore, it is also good for you to know that there are some exercises that can either heal or hurt you, depending on whether you know what to do or how to do them; or if indeed they are suitable for you at the time you want to do them. Suitability, timing and knowledge of what to do and how to do it correctly are crucial points ONLY you can determine and take responsibility for. A professional or “topic expert” can only guide you or give you advise based on what he or she knows about the topic and the information you were willing to provide to him or her. Remember, it is all about YOU and will always be.

Summary – Here Are The Tips

To conclude this sub-topic, here are some of the very salient points to note.

Good Exercise is the technique for increasing the amount of oxygen available for the body’s use; and provides the means for retaining it long enough to be of maximum benefit to the person exercising. This is the Exercise that HEALS.
The magnitude of the reserve potential of your vital organs, and by extension, the capacity and strength of your Natural Defense System or Immunity, is directly proportional to the amount of effort that you have put in to build and sustain it; and is therefore a critical factor in determining how well you can deal with emergencies, stress, illnesses, domestic, professional and business challenges plus a gamut of other multi-sectoral situations as they arise.
The exercise that HEALS has the SECRET Science factor behind it. It must be or provide a stimulus that is of sufficient intensity to produce an effect or positive results. That means it must be done with a burst of mental, emotional and physical intensity; then followed by a brief interlude of relaxation.
There are some exercises that can either heal or hurt you, depending on whether you know what to do or how to do them; or if indeed they are suitable for you at the time you want to do them. Suitability, timing and knowledge of what to do and how to do it correctly are crucial points ONLY you can determine and take responsibility for.

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