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Typical South African lifestyle patterns may impede our health and weight management, with stress as the central focus. Ian Craig discusses the benefits of exercise, the health ramifications of excessive exercise, and balancing fight-or-flight responses with relax and repair restoration.
In the Palaeolithic times, we would walk large distances every day to collect edible plants and hunt small animals, while at the same time exerting enough energy to stay out of danger. In more recent times, agriculture was extremely labour-intensive and a large part of the population worked on farms and fields. Contrast that with the mechanism existence that we enjoy today: home –> car –> office –> machine that helps us work (computer) –> car –> gym –> machines that help us move (treadmill, etc.) –> car –> home –> eat what diet book tells us –> crash in front of machine that stops us from thinking (TV).
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