Just look at how exercise can dramatically change your life!
Endorphins: These chemicals are known to block pain signals from reaching
the brain. They also help alleviate anxiety and depression and are known as the good mood hormones"runners high".
Get better sleep:
Studies show people who exercise lower stress hormone levels, resulting in better sleep.
Flexibility: Joints that are more flexible are joints that have less aches
Enhance mood: The better you look and feel through exercise,
the greater your confidence and motivation to keep exercising will be.
Reduce the risk of dehydration: In most individuals,
approximately 60% of the total weight is water. This percentage varies between 50% and 70%, with the exact value primarily
dependent on a person's fat content. Since fat has very low water content, individuals with more
fat will have a lower overall percentage of body weight as water. The more muscle you have the
more water your body will be able to store and use(sweating) during vigorous activity to prevent dehydration.
Eat more weigh less: Everybody loves this idea. Muscle is
an active tissue that has the ability to enlarge when a surplus of calories is present in the diet. So by increasing muscle
mass you can also increase calorie intake and not gain fat. Your metabolism also increases which will burn additional
calories even during resting periods. Again, fat is not active tissue in terms of burning calories, it just multiplies
into more and more adipose(fat) tissue cells, not good.
Pocono Residents Take Note.....The Need For Exercise Increases!
Disease/Stroke = Overweight people are more likely to have high blood pressure which is major
risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High levels of cholesterol and triglycerides have also been known to lead to heart
disease. Following a healthy diet and exercise plan can reduce blood pressure and decrease cholesterol.
Apnea = Agina is chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart. Sleep apnea is also related to being overweight.
Sleep apnea is defined as: to stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep and may cause the person to snore
Type 2 Diabetes = Type 2 diabetes is the reduction in your body’s ability
to control your blood sugar. Overweight people are twice as likely to develop diabetes, which can lead to kidney disease,
stroke and blindness. Increased activity can help control blood sugar levels.
= An overweight women is more susceptible to several types of cancer including uterus, gallbladder,
cervical, ovary, breast and colon. Overweight men are also more susceptible to colon, rectum and prostate.
= A joint disorder that affects knees, hips and lower back. When a person carries
extra pounds there is an increase of pressure on the joints. The added pressure wears away the cartilage which protects the
joints from deteriorating . Losing extra weight can release the pressure on knees, hips and joints.
These are just a few of the health concerns that might transpire with those individuals who are overweight. Exercise
and proper eating habits can greatly reduce the risk of all these factors.
Listen to what a 1998 study regarding exercise
has to say:
"A low level of physical fitness is a health risk
factor comparable to or greater than other established risk factors such as cigarette smoking, elevated blood cholesterol,
blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, and high BMI." Blair et al(1).
Routine found to be deterrent in snuffing out common cold: "Over 500 healthy adults were evaluated
over the course of a year to assess how many colds they experienced and how often they engaged in moderate physical activity.
This activity included anything more strenuous than a walk , including household, leisure and occupational activities. People who reported being the most active had 25% fewer colds over the course
of a year compared to those least active. While generally only a minor health nuisance, these colds are the leading cause
of visits to doctors and missed workdays" quoted from Dr. Mercola at www.mercola.com study found in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise(2)
I think the verdict is in.....if you want to prolong your life and be as healthy as possible,
exercise should be one of your top priorities!
1)Blair. S.N., Kohl, H.W.,
Paffenbarger, R.S., et al., Physical fitness and all-cause Mortality, JAMA, 262, 2395-2401, 1989
2) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, University of South
Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org