Exercise: Why Your Blood Type Matters
Maimonides, the great Jewish physician and teacher, wrote, “As long as a person exercises and exerts himself… sickness does not befall him and his strength increases… But one who is idle and does not exercise… even if he eats healthy foods and maintains healthy habits, all his days will be of ailment and his strength will diminish.”
Gifted as we are with this great knowledge about individuality, we also benefit from knowing that the best form of exercise for our blood types or GenoTypes directly influences our stress chemistries or disease susceptibilities for the better. For example, type O’s who do vigorous exercises have a better chance of raising their dopamine levels and eliminating excess adrenaline, two problem areas that probably link directly back to their type O genetics. Type A’s who do Tai Chi or Yoga-type stretching may actually help reverse tendencies towards artery inflammation, which are due to their having higher blood viscosity (thickness).
So don’t just stand there, do something! Proper diet is an important part of the spectrum. So is intelligent use of supplements in proper doses. However, neither will work to their optimum abilities unless you put the exercise factor to work in your life as well. You needn’t start out as the next Michael Phelps or LeBron James, just start somewhere. The great thing about realistic exercise goals is that your level of fitness is progressive: the more you do, the more you can do. That’s why where you start is not important. In time your aerobic capacity, flexibility, strength and endurance will all improve and you will be able to do more. Plus you will handle stress more efficiently, have more energy, and feel and look better.
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