Exercise is the best medicine
In the times of cave men, we had to walk, run and jump just to survive. Then technology came along and now instead of walking across the room to talk to our co-worker, we send an email. Let’s be honest, the world has changed, but our bodies haven’t. We still need to be active and move.
Exercise is medicine. Let’s look into this shall we?
If exercise was a pill, it would be the most prescribed medication. Why? Because the human body needs to move. Here’s a very short list of how the body responds to exercise.
Blood Pressure – As exercise intensity increases so does blood pressure, but that’s because we need more oxygen to get to our muscles. When exercises stops and we finish our cool down, the vessels relax and our blood pressure lowers. It can even be lower than before the exercise session.
Blood Sugars- When we move, the body uses a mechanism called GLUT-4 to draw glucose into the muscles. Good news for diabetics.
Cholesterol – Exercise helps balance the cholesterol in our blood. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Osteoporosis – Bones that exercise increase density. Strong bones are less likely to fracture.
Arthritis –Strong muscles help relieve pressure on the joint, maintain stability and prevent further degeneration.
Low Back Pain – Sitting for long periods can cause our core muscles to switch off. By strengthening these muscles, it supports the spine and may help keep that achy feeling away.