How you EXERCISE

Your body needs exercise that increases your heart rate, promotes muscle activity, and aids neurological integration, so that your body works as it was designed.

Excellent exercises that achieve all three are swimming or walking correctly.  You should exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes or more.

If you're well enough to be involved in a lifestyle sport like mountain biking, hiking, or kayaking, you'll receive some additional benefits.  It's refreshing to be out in nature, to face the challenges, and to meet new people.  It will be a great stress-reliever and you'll have friends to talk with and keep you accountable.

Here is an exercise that improves neurological balance and re-times internal communication by extending large muscle groups and their joints through full range of motion:

The Morter March (M Power March)

Here's how you do it:

1. Stand comfortably erect, alert yet relaxed.

2. Take an extended step with your left foot, keeping your back (right) foot firmly on the floor. Stretch just far enough forward with your back (right) foot on the floor.

3. As you extend your left leg, raise your right arm to about a 45-degree angle. Your left arm will automatically move back to help you balance. Stretch your left arm downward behind you at about a 45-degree angle. Your position at this point is left leg and right arm stretched forward, right leg and left arm stretched back.

4. Now, turn your head toward the side of the extended right arm, close your eyes, look up, and S-T-R-E-T-C-H! While you are in  your extended position, take a deep breath and hold both your breath and your position for 5-10 seconds.

5. Exhale and repeat the exercise with the opposite leg and arm. Repeat the sequence 3-4 times (or less if you become tired).

6. Do this Morter March "workout" twice a day.

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