Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dangers of Not Exercising Enough

Most of us believe that the reason we need to increase our daily exercise is to prevent or counteract being overweight and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. While it is true that increasing our exercise significantly lowers the risk of heart disease and can help us to lose weight or prevent us from gaining weight, there are also a number of other issues that are directly proportionate to a lack of sufficient exercise.

First of all, muscle tone. We whine and complain about the fact that our bodies are getting flabby and out of shape as we age. Even if you are at an ideal weight you still have pockets of skin flapping in the wind. Much of this could be avoided if you were to exercise those muscle groups and increase the flow of blood to those areas. Skin is tightened not only because you are firming those muscles but because more oxygen is reaching skin cells to repair and rejuvenate them.

Then there is proven statistical data that shows a direct correlation between a lack of activity and depression. Study after study elucidates that increased exercise leads to increased blood flow to the brain which in turn brings vital nutrients that counteract some mild to moderate forms of depression. In the elderly, increased exercise also improves mental clarity.

This is a non-discriminate issue. Whether you are young or old, male or female, you need to be aware of the fact that exercise really can prevent a great number of risks. Young people need to build healthy muscles and bones and as we age we need to maintain healthy bones, joints and muscles. Also, weight is a major factor to be considered. It doesn’t take much at the beginning, but if you gradually increase your activity incrementally, you can avoid many of the dangers of not exercising enough.

1 comment:

  1. Also, I have noticed that when I exercise my stomach muscles tighten, but in less then 2 weeks of not exercising you can have flab again. Nice article.