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The Integrated Package

Sandra Prior
Sep 9, 2008
The five basic areas which are integral to good health

Moderation and Diversity: Not too much, not too little, but a bit of everything that agrees with you. Moderation in every activity is the healthy course.

Diet: What you put into your body directly affects your health. Food gives us energy and is also a vital part of the healing process. When looking at your diet you should employ the philosophy of 'more or less'.

Exercise: This does not necessarily mean hours at the gym or expensive equipment. Often, the simplest form of exercise is the most beneficial. Walking outdoors is a great way to get your body going and take in fresh air. A brisk walk is free and can be incorporated into your day easily - from taking the long route to the office to walking the dog after dinner. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and keep a steady pace to get the most out of it.

Yoga is highly recommended as a form of exercise as it encompasses both physical and mental stimuli. As well as exercising the body, yoga's slow breathing calms the nervous system, oxygenates the blood and tissues and increases the heart rate. It can be practiced anywhere, from the privacy of your living room to a public class to a hotel room between flights. Yoga is the exercise that that fits into any lifestyle. Rest after exercise is very important to restore your physical and mental energy.

Massage: More than 60% of the body consists of muscles which synthesize our energy and generate much of our heat. Massage stimulates these processes. Circulation is improved by massage and touch has a healing effect. Regular therapeutic massages focusing on the neck and shoulders are highly recommended.

Rest and Meditation: It is essential to incorporate rest and relaxation into your lifestyle. You should aim to get at least 8 hours sleep every night if you want to be at your best during the day. It is easy to spot when someone has not had enough sleep - they become irritable, their skin takes on a grayish hue, their mind and responses slow down and their overall performance is impaired.
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Sandra Prior runs her own bodybuilding website at http://bodybuild.rr.nu.
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