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Published on Dec 5, 2015
10. Practicing hormetics: In my previous 2 minute clips, I have introduced the concept of physiological hormesis as a wholistic approach to improve health. This science of hormetics needs to be better understood, better appreciated and better applied in our daily life. Of course, scientists will keep on answering all those questions about how to measure the level of stress, how often to apply it, how to combine different types of stresses and different types of hormetins, and so on. One day those answers will become available, and we can make our personal scheme for a multi-hormetin lifestyle combining physical, mental and nutritional stresses. My general approach towards applying hormesis in daily life is what I have also talked about in earlier videos on how to choose food. Basically, it is the same principles: pleasure, moderation and variety. Physical activity as a hormetin must also follow the same principles. Choose your stress, don’t get stressed out by the terror of stress, stress is the challenge that keeps us alive. Moderation is the other key. Hormetic stress has to be low level and has to be repeated; and that is why there has to be variety – giving a gap in between so that induction of stress response defense pathways have the time to do their job. The good effects of physical exercise mostly come during the recovery period. So, remember some basic buzz words: Choose your stress, make it hormetic, have pleasure from it, apply it in moderation, and make it variable….until the next time.