In my last post, I featured little-discussed (and natural) weapons to fight Coronavirus—namely sleep, rest, meditation/prayer and food choices. Today, I want to speak briefly about three more natural weapons—fresh air, sunlight, and exercise.
One thing we have to remember about natural weapons is that they can be easily overlooked, because they are simple and free or low cost. Fresh air, sunlight, and exercise are exactly that.
Fresh Air and Sun Power!
A recent Medium article, Coronavirus and the Sun: A Lesson from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, well-explained the value of these natural powerhouses. Here’s the money quote:
Put simply, medics found that severely ill flu patients nursed outdoors recovered better than those treated indoors. A combination of fresh air and sunlight seems to have prevented deaths among patients; and infections among medical staff. There is scientific support for this. Research shows that outdoor air is a natural disinfectant. Fresh air can kill the flu virus and other harmful germs. Equally, sunlight is germicidal and there is now evidence it can kill the flu virus.
An article in the International Business Times recently appeared: Vitamin D: Deficiency May Increase Coronavirus Infection Risk. Where do we get our best source of Vitamin D? The Sun, of course!
The Timeless Value of Exercise
A new New York Times-originated article tells us what we already know—Science: Moderate Workouts Don’t Increase Coronavirus Risk and Could Lessen It.
How many times must the eternal value of Old School answers be proven true?
It’s not that we don’t know these things. It’s that we forget them, and in our commercial-saturated culture, it is easy to do that. Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of money to be made from fresh air and sunlight (unless you’re selling air cleaners!). I know everyone needs to pay their bills, I get it, so no judgment here!
I’ve got to pay my bills too, so I’m going to put in a shameless plug for one of my really effective products. But it does fit in perfectly with this subject matter, so my conscience is clear! 🙂
If you want to enjoy great health, you need fresh air, sunlight, inner peace, good water and food, and hearty exercise.
You can get most of these benefits from going outdoors (much healthier than a gym these days!) with a water bottle in tow, and doing a complete full-body workout.
I’ve created a fun and challenging fitness system that works your body from head to toe, allows you to ramp up or down the intensity (for ultimate, disease-fighting health it’s best to keep the intensity moderate as the above article states), and improves every important attribute—strength, power, balance, mobility, and cardio. And you need no equipment besides a small mat (or just find a soft patch of ground). It’s called Greek Yoga™ and you can get the video by going HERE.
Seek the simple, natural way and you will not go wrong. This applies to every aspect of your life. If we would use our God-given common sense, we would be healthy, wealthy, and wise as ole Ben would say.
Now I’m not saying there’s no place for good science. We all hope to see medical breakthroughs that can help stem the spread of the Coronavirus. But all too often, modern men and women seek modern medicine to bail them out, instead of just using good sense to begin with to avoid the problem!
Didn’t the father of medicine, Hippocrates, admonish physicians to “first, do no harm”? (or words to that effect, anyway)
Let’s return to the simplicity of Old School sense, lest awash in our modern pride we take a great and unnecessary fall.
To your health and fitness…
Patrick Rooney is the Founder of OldSchoolUs.com. Its focus is natural health and independent living. Patrick is the author of GREEK PHYSIQUE: The Simple, Satisfying Way to Sculpt Your Body—Even if You’re Old, Weak, or Broken Down; and is also the creator of Greek Yoga™ and the Greek Yoga for Beginners video. He offers health and fitness consulting in-person in Middle Tennessee and worldwide via phone, Zoom, and Skype. To reach Patrick, email him at [email protected].