The benefits of undertaking moderate consistent exercise have been well documented over the years and one of our main goals at Total Health Chiropractic is to encourage as many people as possible to find a form of exercising that works for them and to embrace it and make it part of their lives. Life simply WILL BE BETTER!
Let’s just remind ourselves why exercise is so beneficial for us.
- Exercise expands the vascular system opening the capillaries in the muscle tissue and, by lowering the resistance to blood flow in the arterial system, prevents hypertension and causes the blood pressure to drop to normal.
- Exercise builds up muscle mass and prevents the muscles being broken down as fuel.
- Exercise stimulates the activity of fat-burning enzymes to produce sufficient energy for the increased muscle activity. When you train you are, in effect, changing the source of energy for muscle activity. You convert the energy source from sugar that is in circulation, to fat that is stored in the muscle itself.
- One hour of walking will cause this activation of fat-burning enzymes to remain active for 12 hours. A morning and afternoon walk will keep these enzymes active round the clock and will cause clearance of cholesterol deposits in the arterial system.
- Exercise makes muscles burn, as additional fuel, some of the amino acids that would otherwise reach toxic levels in the body. This toxicity can cause a drastic destruction and depletion of other vital amino acids.
Some of these discarded essential amino acids are constantly needed by the brain to manufacture its neurotransmitters. Two of these essential amino acids are tryptophan and tyrosine. The brain uses tryptophan to make serotonin, melatonin, tryptamine and indoleamine, all of which are antidepressants and regulate sugar level and blood pressure. Tyrosine is used for the manufacture of adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine—vital for the coordination of body physiology when it has to take a physical action, such as fighting, running, playing sports and so on.
Excess tyrosine loss from the amino acid reserves of the body is also a primary factor in Parkinson’s disease. So yes, exercise wards off Parkinson’s and also Alzheimer’s disease.
- Unexercised muscle gets broken down by the body. In this process we lose zinc and vitamin B6. If this progresses unabated,certain mental disorders and neurological complications can occur as in autoimmune diseases, including lupus and muscular dystrophy.
- Exercise lowers blood sugar in diabetics and decreases their need for insulin or tablet medications.
- Exercise compels the liver to manufacture sugar from the fat that it stores or the fat that is circulating within the blood.
- Exercise increases the mobility of the joints in the body. It opens the joints creating a vacuum inside the joint cavities. This sucks water into the cavity bringing dissolved nutrients to the cells inside the cartilage. Increased water content of the cartilage also adds to its lubrication and smoother bone-on-bone gliding movements of the joint.
- Leg muscles act as secondary hearts. By their contractions and relaxations, the leg muscles overcome the force of gravity and help pump the blood in the legs back to the heart. Because of one-way valves,the blood in the leg veins is pushed upward against gravity by frequent contraction of the leg muscles. This is how the leg muscles act as hearts for the venous system in the body. Leg muscles also cause an equally effective flow within the lymphatic system and cause oedema in the legs to disappear.
- Exercise strengthens the bones of the body and helps prevent osteoporosis.
- Exercise increases the production of all vital hormones, enhancing libido and heightening sexual performance.
- Exercise will enhance the activity of the adrenaline-operated sympathetic nerve system. Adrenaline will also reduce the over-secretion of histamine and as a result, prevent asthma attacks and allergic reactions—providing the body is fully hydrated.
- Exercise will increase production of endorphins and enkephalins, the natural opiates of the body that make you feel good. Yes, people can become addicted to exercise.