Ayurvedic bodybuilding and muscle toning supplements were also famous during the time the Ayurvedic classical text books were written many centuries ago!.
These are the benefits ascribed to regular exercise:
Shareera aayaasajananam karma vyaayaama uchyate |
laaghavam karmasaamarthyam deepto agni medasa kshayaha |
vibhaktaghanagaatratwam vyaayaamaat upajaayate |
vaatapittaamayee baalo vruddho ajeerne ca tam tyajet |
ardhashaktyaa nishevyastu balibhihi snigdhabhojibhihi |
sheetakaale vasante cha mandameva tato anyathaa || – Ashtanga sangraha Sutrasthana 5th chapter.
That which brings tiredness to the body is called as Vyayama.
Regular exercise brings lightness to the body and keeps the body healthy and active throughout the day.
It improves digestive power.
It burns fat and makes body strong and sturdy.
Who should do only limited exercise?
Those who have Vata and Pitta predominant body constitution, who are too young or too old, and those suffering from indigestion - they better avoid or do less of exercises.
What kind of food is good for gym and exercise?
Snigha bhojana – unctuous food articles – Ghee, carbohydrate and protein rich food articles. This is because, gym and exercise tend to Vata, to mitigate which, the above food is advised.
Which are the seasons best for Vyayama?
During winter and spring one can do the full range of exercises. in rest of the periods, it can be done with care and in limit. This is because Ayurveda explains - Bala (strength) of an individual will be maximum in winter and spring.
How long one should do Vyayama or exercise:
Upto half of one’s original strength. Till one is having heavy breathing with sweating from forehead, arms and thighs. till that time, it is advised to do exercise.
What are the harms of over – exercising?
Ayurveda says, Over- exercising leads to depletion in body tissues, hunger imbalance, depleted desire and depleted body growth.
It is also quite commonly seen that the over exercise and gym practices leads to an abnormal hunger level, leading to obesity, and many cardiac and respiratory problems, a feeling of excessive tiredness, fatigue etc.
Which is the best time for gym?
Ayurveda explains morning as the best time for exercise. The routine as prescribed by Ayurveda is – to get up at 5 AM, to attend to daily rituals, and then to exercise.
During morning hours, since all the organs are at rest and are ready to get pumping, it is more sensible to go for gym in the morning. That does not mean that one should not do exercise in evening but one gets easily tired out and feels sleepy, if exercised in evening hours.
Ayurvedic herbal supplements to increase muscle tone:
Ashwagandhadi Lehya is the main product that Ayurveda prescribes for an improved muscle tone and fitness. It is also called as Ajaswagandhadi Leham.
As the name indicates, the main ingredient of this confectionery is Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).
Ashwagandha is one of the wonder drugs of Ayurveda. Its characters are described as -
Ashwagandhaa Anila Shleshma shwitra shotha kshayaapahaa|
Balyaa Rasaayanee Tiktaa kashaayoshna ati shukrala || – Bhava Prakasha
It normalizes Vata and kapha, it is also useful in leucoderma. Apart from these, it improves one’s energy, strength and stamina and also is a good aphrodisiac.
Ashwagandha being an excellent anti-stress and anti oxidant agent, can be used as a diet supplement for your daily exercise schedule, by which the energy levels are maintained throughout the day.
Ashwagandhadi lehyam is a potent energy booster.
Aswhagandha is also a potent aphrodisiac herb.
How to take ashwagandhadi lehyam -
One to two teaspoonful of paste along with half a glass of milk or water.
Research work on Ashwagandha –
There has been many researhes conducted on Ashwagandha, which has again proved the efficacy of the herb.
Study conducted at Department of Physiology at University of Madras has proved the anti-stress activity of Ashwagandha.
Immunomodulatory effect of Ashwagandha is also well established through a research study conducted by department of bio – sciences at Vellore University.
There are many research papers establishing anti-oxidant, cardio protective activity, anticancerous activities of ashwagandha.