When it comes to exercise, the three Ayurvedic energy types have very different ideals. Take a listen to this playlist (featuring songs about movement and exercise) while you read over the activity suggestions below and get inspired to move your body!
When imbalanced, this dosha tends to feel tense and anxious; therefore soothing, repetitive exercise tends to help vatas calm themselves. Ideally, vatas would be able to engage in exercise daily, but this is often unrealistic, so 3 or 4 times per week is a wonderful goal. Exercise should stick to a consistent schedule, and can include low impact activities like walking, biking, dancing, yoga, golfing, canoeing, hiking, tai chi, or quijong. Seize any opportunity to engage in these activities out in nature. And remember to take it easy; it is important to engage in regular movement, but equally important that vatas do not overexert themselves.
It is important for pittas, who sometimes find themselves angered in competitive settings, to engage in activities that allow them to focus on their own sense of accomplishment rather than "winning". Moderate intensity activities such as walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, and skating tend to be ideal for this dosha. The aspect of enjoyment and fun should be the main focus for pittas as they engage in activities that allow them to move their bodies.
One symptom of imbalanced kapha energy is inactivity. Therefore, vigorous, fast movements are great for helping kaphas shake off that sense of lethargy. Without overdoing it or injuring yourself, push beyond your comfort zone and challenge your body physically. Listen to "pump up" music to help get you going! Ideally, kaphas should break a sweat almost every day. This can be through aerobic exercise or through weight training. Exciting outdoor activities like rock climbing and mountain biking include an element of risk that will be stimulating for kaphas. Seek out (safe) experiences that will get your adrenaline pumping!
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