Since Phys Ed class in elementary school we have all been convinced that exercise is good and more exercise is better. There may well be truth in that but not all exercises are best for each person. We are learning that not all calories are equal and that we must consider the nutritional value along with our holistic health needs. The universal premise of all workouts helping equally also really depends on the individual health needs at that time. Ayurveda medicine has an approach to this and the article highlights the three doshas and offers a quiz to help you find yours!
We all have that one friend who thrives in her hot yoga practice and the other friend who is a spinning fiend. But with all the different types of workouts out there, how can you know which is right for you? According to Ayurveda, the world’s oldest health system, which I am an expert and author in, it depends on your dosha.
Ayurveda is based on the concept of bio-individuality: There is not one activity, diet, self-care practice or lifestyle suggestion that works for everyone. Ayurveda classifies all people, food and things into three doshas, or energy types. Take this quiz to find out yours! The doshas are Vata (air energy), Pitta (fire energy) and Kapha (earth energy).
Exercise is medicine and sometimes what you want to do is not always what is best for you. Try altering your routine to match with your current doshic needs and see how your body changes. It may be the very switch you’ve been waiting for!
To learn more about your doshas and exercise see Are Your Workouts Helping Or Hurting You?
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