Deceptions of Exercise Industry

Majid Ali, M.D.

How Good Is Huffing-puffing Exeercise, Really? 


If you do huffing-puffing exercise, for fun, that is good, up to a point. If you do huffing-puffing exercise for preventing heart attacks and strokes, please read this article and companion articles on this web site. Specifically:

James O’Keefe, 58, is a cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, MO. A self-proclaimed “exercise enthusiast,” O’Keefe says there was a time — decades, in fact — when he would routinely spend two to three hours a day running and working out vigorously. “I rarely took a day off,” he recalls.

Now this: A study presented at the EuroPRevent2012 meeting in Dublin, Ireland, found that those who run more than 25 miles per week have no mortality benefit, compared with nonrunners.


Limbic Exercise Fully Validated 22 Years Later


I do daily exercise at home. This saves me much time. At 75 years, I need to awaken my body in the morning in order to reach the functional energy level I had in my forties. I find gentle rebounding exercise (jumping jacks) with light weight-lifting most suitable for this purpose.


Limbic Exercise

In my book “Ghoraa and Limbic Breathing” (1993), I introduced the term limbic exercise for gentle, spiritually-sustained non-competitive physical exercise. I described empirically-observed as well scientific findings to explain my personal research about such exercise.

Both my paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother lived to be 101 years. I never saw them do any “gymnasium-type” exercise during the last fifty years or so of their lives. Neither did my father do any “driven” or compulsive exercise during the last forty or so years. That was “scientific-enough reason” for me during the writing of my exercise book.


In my book, I based my recommendations on my study of the physiology of exercise within a broad historical, familial, and scientific context. Twenty-two years later, two important academic exercise studies provide direct evidence and validation of my work. My book is available in print and digital format from http://www.aliacademy.org.


Academic Exercise Studies Validate Limbic Exercise

The findings of some recent university-based studies are remarkable in their direct and full support of my personal experiential and scientific basis. Consider the following: James O’Keefe, 58, is a cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, MO. A self-proclaimed “exercise enthusiast,” O’Keefe says there was a time — decades, in fact — when he would routinely spend two to three hours a day running and working out vigorously. “I rarely took a day off,” he recalls.


But if you see O’Keefe exercising today, you’ll likely spot the MD on a post-dinner stroll with his family. He also enjoys practicing yoga or doing some gentle backstrokes in the swimming pool. (Try adding just 10 minutes of strength training a day with the “Fit in 10 DVD” and see results fast.)

What changed?

O’Keefe investigated the effects of intense physical activity on the human heart and body. The fruits of his and others’ research inspired him to dial down his own routine.

“If your goal is exercising for overall health and to improve your longevity, then walking is ideal,” he says.


Running Is Hard On Your Heart

In one of his studies, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, O’Keefe and his colleagues found that people who run most days of the week at a pace faster than 7 miles per hour have the same risk of death as sedentary individuals. Another study, presented at the EuroPRevent2012 meeting in Dublin, Ireland, found that those who run more than 25 miles per week have no mortality benefit, compared with nonrunners.


Both studies suggest that moving at a gentler pace — such as a brisk walk or a slow jog — for 1 to 2.5 hours every week lowers your risk of death by 25 percent. You can do much better by considering a lesson for heart health presented below.


Lesson for Heart Health

Here is what my patients have taught me about heart health. An open heart does not close its arteries; a closed heart cannot keep them open.


Healing With Curiosity

Please, please consider my seven-video series entitled “Healing With Curiosity” at this web site. For more fun, consider the following:

Dr. Ali’s Seven-Video Meditation Course

Dr. Ali’s Shared African Grandmothers

And then, be well.

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