It’s common knowledge that people should should be exercising most days, ideally at least 30 minutes per day. Our bodies were not designed for a sedentary lifestyle, but technology has allowed us to move less and sit more. A lack of exercise can cause many health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more.
In Ayurveda, the key to good health is balance. Choosing your exercise according to your Ayurvedic Prakriti (Dosha) can bring excellent benefits. To learn more about Ayurveda and Doshas, click here.
If you know your body Constitution is predominantly kapha (which is usually a heavier build), strenuous activity like playing tennis or jogging, aerobics or zumba dancing is ideal for you. Kaphas have to really move their bodies. Because of their heaviness, they have a tendency to be a bit lazy. For people with a Kapha body type, it is good to have a buddy to keep them on a regular routine.
Pittas can swim, do morning or moon light walks, jogs or play golf. They should not get into competitive sports as they put lot of stress and tension on the body and muscles. They should exercise for fun and action not for competition. Another thing they have to remember is not to exercise in hot weather. Swimming cools the body down. Having tee time early in the morning for golf is better when the weather is cool. The trees and grass on the golf course cool people down.
Vatas are the most active people throughout the day; always on the go. Their mind also is on the go. So calming exercise such as Yoga, Q-gong, Tai-chi, meditation, Pranayama are ideal for the busy bee Vatas.
Watch Dr. Jay Apte, creator of VedaFoods, and Carly Alyssa Thorne discuss fitness according to Ayurveda.
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