Cayce Health Database
EXCERPTS ON EXERCISE FROM THE CAYCE READINGS
Q. State in detail what kind and amount of exercise
the body should take?
A. As much outdoor exercise as is possible, always, for the
body. A sufficient amount of mental exercise to keep an even
keel or balance with that of the physical body; for the body nominally
is an active body, mentally and physically, and in the manner as will
make the body physically tired; so may the body be made mentally tired.
These are the even keel for this body, particularly. Walking,
riding, any outdoor exercise good. (202-4)
The best way to acquire the correct amount of pep is to take the exercise!
It's well that each body, everybody, take exercise
to counteract the daily routine activity so as to produce rest. (416-1
Then, each morning and each evening.... Standing,
erect, raise the hands high above the head as possible, rising on the
toes, then slowly bending forward until the hands will almost or not quite
touch the floor. Do this slowly, but do it at least three, four,
five, six times, very slowly, stretching upward and forward and downward.
No better exercises may be taken than..... the
cat-stretching exercises, which includes, of course, being able-(put very
coarsely)-to do the split, be able to put the head on the feet, to put
the feet behind the head, to make the head and neck exercises and all
of those activities that may be said to be of the feline or cat exercise.
To be sure, in the present period, present development, present conditions
that exist, must be gone at gently; but be persistent morning and evening,
working at it, still not letting it become rote, but purposeful.
Of morning, and upon arising especially (and
don't sleep too late) - and before dressing so that the clothing is loose
or the fewer the better-stand erect before an open window, breathe deeply,
gradually raising hands ABOVE the head, and then with the circular motion
of the body from the hips bend forward; breathing IN (and through the
nostrils) as the body rises on its toes-breathing very deep; EXHALING
SUDDENLY through the MOUTH, not through the nasal passages. Take
these [exercises] for 5 to 6 minutes. Then as these progress, gradually
CLOSE one of the nostrils (even if it's necessary to use the hand-but
if it is closed with the left hand, raise the right hand; and when closing
the right nostril with the right hand, then raise the left hand) AS the
breathing IN is accomplished.
Then of an evening, just before retiring-[with
the body prone, facing the floor and] with the feet braced against the
wall, circle the torso by resting on the hands. Raise and lower
the body not merely by the hands but more from the torso, and with more
of a circular motion of the pelvic organs to strengthen the muscular forces
of the abdomen. Not such an activity as to cause strain, but a gentle
circular motion to the right two or three times, and then to the left.
Exercise in the open air, - as walking, as just
sitting in same, - is necessary. Walking and swimming are the best
Then in the morning before dressing, exercise
the upper portion of the body; [by swinging] the arms up and down, straight
up, straight down; then the turning motion as of swinging the arms around,
for the movement..... from the diaphragm upward . . . from the ninth dorsal
upward-these exercises will take away the heaviness and the tendency'to
get tired easily.... let the exercise preferably be for the lower limbs
[in the evening]..... a movement as of sitting on the floor and walking
across or swinging the limbs one in front of the other for 3 to 4 movements.
Take this regularly, not taking it sometimes
and leaving off sometimes, but each morning and each evening take this
exercise regularly for 6 months and we will see a great deal of difference:
sitting erect, bend the head forward three times, to the back three times,
to the right side three times, to the left side three times, and then
circle the head each way three times. Don't hurry through with it
but take the time to do it. We will get results. (3549-1
Then, to give the body normal forces, and to
bring the normal effect in body, little of medicinal properties would
be effective. Better that climatic conditions; pure water [carrying
lithia], high altitude. These with food values, exercise of the
physical body, that the forces may be brought to exertion in the system,
that the body may become physically tired, without strain to the system.
Taking at such times exercises as would be given to the body by deep manipulations
to awaken the excretory system and the secretive system through the liver
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or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
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