Exercise and Your Body
Exercise as we all know do a whole lot of good to our body, it contributes to the general well-being of our heart, bone joints, veins, blood vessels, brains. All parts of our body benefit from this.
However, many things happen to the body when it doesn’t get enough exercise, it goes way beyond gaining weight. It’s vital to remember that even a little bit of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Continue reading to learn more about the dangers of idleness. No one is immune!
Mitochondria are energy producing structures, which live in the cells of body tissues, organs and muscles. These amazing tiny little structures require carbohydrates and oxygen to work appropriately. Since mitochondria are mandatory for all bodily functions and movement, you absolutely can’t live without them.
Mitochondria levels drop when your heart isn’t working at its full potential and your oxygen levels are diminished, due to lack of exercise. Fatigue occurs when energy production is reduced and the body requires the same amount of energy to get work done.
All bones love a workout, almost as much as they love calcium. The lack of weight-bearing exercise causes bones to lose density and the ability to properly store calcium. Less calcium in your bones means more of a mineral build up in organs such as your kidneys, which is known to cause kidney stones.
If the period of inactivity is long enough bones in the long run began to weaken. This oftentimes leads to osteoporosis, which leads to a much higher risk of painful bone fractures.
Just like bones, muscles benefit from a good workout. One of the first signs of being out of shape, due to inactivity, is loss of strength and muscle tone. When muscles are idle, blood flow slows down and the exchange of waste products and nutrients decreases. Less mitochondria results in lack of muscle coordination.
Without exercise, the “electrical” connection between your nerves and muscles is sporadic at best. How does this affect you? You’ll typically find it more difficult to move around with the liveliness that you once could. It can also mean diminished strength and an increased risk of muscle injury, because of shrinking muscle mass.
Whatever your age, it’s imperative to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Even though your heart muscle is different from your skeletal muscles, the same health-related principles apply. Without proper exercise, the heart muscle shrinks. This makes it difficult to adequately distribute blood throughout the body and causes the heart to work much harder to get the blood to where it actually needs to go, especially in your hands and feet.
Sluggish blood flow can lead to plaque formation in the blood vessels. This, in turn, sometimes causes high blood pressure, dizziness and circulation problems. All of these conditions are potentially dangerous if left untreated.
As you can see, inactivity causes havoc in and damage to your body. This is especially true for individuals who already deal with chronic conditions, because it typically only makes things worse.
In many cases, periods of inactivity are inevitable. But, the sooner you can take part in even a light exercise routine, the better off your mind and your body will be.