Poor circulation is the mother of all diseases. Poor circulation means having less nutrients transported to our cells and inefficient elimination of toxins.
Walking is one of the best exercises. My grandfather lived up to the ripe old age of 93, without suffering from any serious illness. He became blind when he was in his 60s due to some wrongful self-treatment to his eye problem. As a boy, I observed his lifestyle and daily routine. He ate very simply: a small bowl of rice with one or two pieces of meat and a few leafy vegetables. But one thing stood out. His daily routine involved what I called ‘the kitchen walk’ – using the wall as support (he was blind you see), he would walk to and fro for nearly ten minutes after each meal. My dad used to teach me that walking is the best exercise. He would walk in malls and everywhere, rather than stay at home and watch television programs. The benefits of this are confirmed in a study done on healthy subjects in a crossover design. The study shows that even very light physical activity after a meal blunts the rise in blood glucose and insulin (Aadland & Hostmark, 2008).
Therefore, don’t sit and watch television programs after dinner. Instead, take a 30 minutes’ walk after every meal, especially dinner, and enjoy better digestion, mood and sleep. If you make this a habit, paying money to jog in a closed environment (ie. in a gym, with no fresh air of course) is often not necessary.
Sebastian Liew, MNHAA (Australia)