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Why Less May Be More When It Comes to Working Out

People initiate exercise regimens in the name of health and associate them with a variety of positive results. Many balk at the idea of slowing down and replacing their CrossFit workouts or marathon training programs with milder forms of exercise like yoga, tai ji (tai chi), and qigong, but it might be reasonable to do so. Before you choose your next exercise program, here are some things to consider.

Fitness Isn’t Necessarily Health

We find that the “American workout” has evolved to accommodate fitness ideals, rather than true wellness, and, as a result, we have more and more patients who come in looking very fit but who are suffering from a growing variety of ailments. In these instances, people have worked very hard to stay in shape and manage their weight. Naturally, they want to maintain what they have worked so hard to achieve. It is wise, however, to review the price our bodies often pay in the name of fitness.

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About Well Being Journal

This is our 25th anniversary year, and with our new January/February 2016 issue we present a seminal piece by Amy Berger, MS, NTP, that presents clear research showing how Alzheimer’s disease starts with consumption of too many sugars; this impairs glucose metabolism and leads to plaque in the brain. Next Katrina Blair extols the virtues of the edible “weed” purslane. Bruce Weinstein, PhD, in “Patience,” shows the remarkable benefits patience reaps. Mike Dow’s feature, “Digital Distraction & Mindfulness,” suggests that constant connection to digital devices has an overall deleterious impact, and he offers delicious mindfulness practices to help improve quality of life. Ann and Ross Rosen discuss the importance of moderate exercise in daily life, and Shannon McRae explains how energy medicine as nature’s assistant is much more powerful when the receiver’s intention is in alignment with that of the healer’s. Finally, Laura Coffey tells the story of a special nursing home companion, a loving golden retriever named Rocky, and his positive impact on the residents. We present all of this in our first issue of the year, and more than we can mention, including a plethora of scintillating research notes.