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Physical Activity

April 4, 2008

Our bodies are made to move. The challenge is to find the types of exercise you enjoy most, and then build them into your life. Physical activity can take simple and modest forms, like getting off the subway or bus one stop earlier and walking to your destination. Start by finding something you can do every day without altering your schedule too much. Making physical activity a simple, daily habit greatly increases your chances of staying active.

An interesting observation is people’s inclination to choose exercise that aggravates their current condition. In gyms, the bulky, aggressive people tend to lift weights, which makes them even bulkier and more aggressive. Yoga classes are often full of delicate people who would probably be grounded and strengthened by doing some weightlifting, just as a yoga class would lighten weightlifters. Different forms of exercise will give you different types of energy, and by listening to your body you can find the movement that will work best for you.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.