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Is it more important to meditate or to exercise for good health? 

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28 September 2011

Women's health expert Nancy Lonsdorf,* M.D., discusses the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique in reducing stress and promoting health.

Q: Is it more important to meditate or to exercise for good health?

Dr. Lonsdorf:
Health is a result of balance of life. Balanced rest and activity both are needed and support one another. The Transcendental Meditation technique and exercise both have been shown to reduce anxiety, heart attack and stroke risk, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, as well as cancer deaths. Both benefit mind, body and health, yet one deeply rests and relaxes the body, and the other strengthens and invigorates it.

The Transcendental Meditation technique is the most fundamental thing you can do—it enlivens consciousness, which is at the basis of everything. Research shows that practicing this one simple technique improves relationships, mental focus, emotional health, job satisfaction and overall health. By developing consciousness, it provides a holistic way to develop balance in every aspect of life.

Better to choose both for longer life and good health. And if someone is not doing either at this time, I recommend starting with the Transcendental Meditation technique. It will give more clarity of mind and creativity, and that will support the ability to fit in the exercise too.

Click here for more about Transcendental Meditation and women's health, including related research showing decreased depression and anxiety, reduced insomnia, reversal of aging and increased longevity, and decreased medical care utilization and hospitalization.

* Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D., is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a nationally renowned specialist in natural health and women's health issues. The author of The Ageless Woman: Natural Health and Beauty After Forty, she has been featured frequently in the national media, including National Public Radio, CNN and The Phil Donahue Show.

© Copyright 2011 American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique

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