We have all heard about the importance of exercise. Experts agree that movement is vital to a healthy lifestyle, and improves both our physical and mental health. But what experts do not agree on is how much is enough and what is the best type of exercise is. According to Ayurvedic wisdom, the answer is simple: it all depends on for whom and when.

In my opinion, consistency is key. Committing to 15-90 minutes in every day, based on your schedule and what is realistic, is more effective than longer periods of activity just a few times per week. Doing a little something every day will keep you fit and will maintain healthy circulation of Prana. Your exercise routine does not have to be extreme or hard core, perhaps it is better if it isn’t actually. Find enjoyment in moving your body. Allow your movement practice to be a form of pleasure rather than a punishment.

Many people join one of our yoga teacher training immersions to understand what type of movement is beneficial to them. Together we explore different styles and approaches to movement. We offer the discipline and support to stay consistent and to observe the effects of 20-days of yoga asana.

Research highlights several key benefits of maintaining a daily movement practice. Here are the five most important benefits, supported by multiple sources:

1. Improved Mental Health: Regular physical activity can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, and enhance overall mood and emotional well-being. Exercise promotes the release of endorphins and other chemicals in the brain that help reduce pain and increase pleasure, which contributes to a sense of well-being and euphoria!

2. Enhanced Physical Health: Engaging in daily movement helps prevent and manage various chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. It also improves cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, and enhances flexibility and balance, reducing the risk of falls and injuries, especially in older adults.

3. Weight Management: Regular exercise is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight and preventing obesity. It helps to burn calories and build muscle mass, which in turn boosts metabolism. This is important for both preventing excessive weight gain and aiding in weight loss efforts.

4. Better Sleep: Daily physical activity is associated with better sleep quality and duration. It helps regulate sleep patterns, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. Improved sleep quality also contributes to better overall health and well-being.

5. Cognitive Function and Longevity: Regular movement has been shown to improve cognitive function, including memory, attention, and processing speed. It also supports brain health by promoting neurogenesis and reducing inflammation. Additionally, an active lifestyle is linked to increased longevity and a lower risk of premature death,

These benefits are well-documented by health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Incorporating daily movement into your routine, whether through structured exercise or other physical activities, can lead to substantial improvements in overall health and quality of life.

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