In addition to detoxing to rid the body of potentially dangerous toxins and a Biblical raw food diet and supplemental living nutrition to strengthen and nourish our cells, the Hallelujah Diet proclaims the benefits of sunshine, fresh air, purified water, plenty of rest and exercise. As Michael Donaldson, PhD, Research Director for Hallelujah Diet, says, “The effects of exercise are synergistic with the effects of the Hallelujah Diet—you get more from both of them if you combine them together.” This article discusses the many benefits of regular exercise, how much you really need and the different types that you might consider.
Exercise: what is it good for?Dr. Thierry Bouillet, Medical Director of the Institute of Radiotherapy at the Avicenne Medical Center of the University of Paris, is one of a growing number of physicians who believe that exercise can play a valuable role in cancer recovery. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, of Duke University, is one of those physicians. She wrote an editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, suggesting that the cancer relapse rate is reduced by 50 to 60% with exercise. But the benefits of exercise go well beyond those who are already sick. Dr. Bouillet says that exercise benefits the body in many ways:
- When it reduces areas that store fat, exercise reduces the areas where toxins are stored that can weaken our cells and make us sick. Exercise also…
- Modifies and reduces our excess hormones that could stimulate growth of cancers
- Reduces blood sugar levels and reduces the secretion of insulin and insulin growth factor (IGF) which can cause tissue inflammation and increase the growth and spread of tumors
- Can even lower the level of inflammation in the blood
- Has a protective effect on the immune system against stress
- Increase metabolism
- Get fresh oxygen to the cells
- Hasten release of metabolic waste products
- Allow the body’s natural production of life-enhancing endorphins to flood the bloodstream
How much exercise do you really need?But what about losing and maintaining a healthy weight? Isn’t that what most people want from exercise? Isn’t that why they’re often willing to exercise even if they don’t necessarily love it? Guidelines from the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services indicate that “Poor diet and physical inactivity, resulting in an energy imbalance (more calories consumed than expended), are the most important factors contributing to the increase in overweight and obesity in this country.” Their guidelines call for at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity to lower the risk of:
- Heart disease
- People who don’t exercise at all are at greatest risk of early death.
- Those who exercised a little but did not meet the 150-minute-weekly guideline still lowered the risk of premature death by 20%.
- Those who met the guideline “enjoyed greater longevity benefits and 31 percent less risk of dying during the 14-year period” of the study “compared with those who never exercised.”
- The greatest benefits came to those who exercised moderately, “mostly by walking, for 450 minutes per week, or a little less than an hour per day.” They were “39 percent less likely to die prematurely” than people who don’t exercise.
What kinds of exercise are recommended?The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that we all need two types of physical activity: aerobics and muscle-strengthening activities. Aerobic activity, which might include walking quickly, running, cycling and swimming:
- Involves repetitive use of large muscles to increase heart rate and respiration
- Improves cardio-respiratory fitness when performed consistently
- Weight resistance machines (found in fitness facilities)
- Lifting weights
- Working with resistance bands
- Pushups and pull-ups
- Allows the muscles to expand and the body to become more limber with a greater range of motion
- May improve alignment of the spine as well
- Helps to present strained muscles and soreness before and after other forms of exercise
- Can relieve stress