Chronic Joint Pain? Why Exercise Will Help.
Do you know the consequences we can suffer from not moving and exercising? When the human body goes “without being driven” certain things can happen to them too. For instance:
1. The aging process kicks into overdrive—your interior begins to dehydrate, and your exterior shows the wear and tear. Your vessels and arteries begin to lose their integrity, and they too begin to fail. Like belts and seals on a car, your vessels, ligaments, tendons, and muscles begin to atrophy and lose their ability to do the job of getting you around in life.
2. Like rusting cylinder walls, the human body develops arthritis and inflammation. This form of human rust impedes your performance, causing pain and reduced quality of life. You experience rough spots and pitting, and your inner pistons and rings won’t slide without pain. This can lead to surgery, and often the driver becomes the victim of falls and crashes.
3. Leaks may start to happen. As the human body begins to age and fail due to lack of use, it’s common for people to ‘leak…” I’m talking about loss of bladder and bowel control—even leaky gut syndrome—the result of damage to the intestinal lining.
4. Just like coolant can become acidic, so can the human body. Acidity symptoms occur when stomach acid backs up in the esophagus, often called heartburn or acid reflux. Symptoms are very painful and cause many other health problems. Don’t forget the need for water; dehydration is more common than people think, and the side effects from lack of water affect the entire human body, inside and out—you can literally overheat.
5. Healthy food is our fuel, and poor eating habits can result in toxicosis—the fermenting and decomposing of food matter and putrefied bacteria in the system.
6. Our immune system works to put the brakes on illness and disease. The less we move, the more this vital system loses strength, and its ability to protect you from everything from the common cold to cancer.
7. When pistons become stuck, your vehicle stops moving. Pistons are the heart of your human engine, pumping out horsepower and bringing your power plant to life. You need a healthy cardiovascular system to achieve the right compression—the correct in and out flow of oxygenated blood to your miracle pump, not only to prevent strokes and heart attack, but for longevity and high mileage.
8. Tires can lose pressure, and so can you. But usually it’s the opposite—high blood pressure. Regular exercise has been proven to balance blood pressure, and help to reduce that unsightly spare tire.
9. The ‘visitors’ to an unused car are nothing compared to the ‘visitors’ people can get from unhealthy habits… I’m talking about viruses, infections, even parasites. You name it, they jump at the chance to take a free ride in your system.
10. The battery can go completely flat or die. The current of life force that flows through your being is like living electricity. This is the force that keeps your ‘motor running,’ hopefully, at peak performance. We rely on sleep to recharge this ‘inner battery.’ Lack of adequate rest sets the stage for a host of health problems. Make sure you park yourself in bed in plenty of time for quality sleep!
As the human body moves, fluids are moved throughout the entire system. These fluids are vital to our very existence, and include obvious fluids like blood, of course; but they also include cerebrospinal fluid that makes its magical path around the brain and along the spine; and lymph. Movement stimulates the lymphatic system, which works in concert with the circulatory system. Because the lymphatic system has no pump, it requires physical stimulation to circulate the lymph from the body tissues back toward the heart. The best way to keep our slow moving river flowing is through deep breathing and—you guessed it, movement!
The development of a daily exercise routine produces innumerable benefits such as clearing the mind, calming the spirit, and promoting deep relaxation. With a regular routine, you can expect increases in lung capacity; balanced blood pressure; increased circulation, flexibility, range of motion and balance; enhanced digestion, elimination, posture and spinal alignment; and improved tone and elongation of muscles and ligaments. Exercising regularly helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and is used therapeutically to treat many ailments and maladies.
Overall, regular exercising strengthens the entire body and encourages a deep sense of mental and spiritual well-being. Regular exercise has even been shown to help prevent cognitive decline as it helps to prevent the accumulation of clogged blood vessels in the brain.
Remember, if you force something to move (like yourself!) that’s not been properly hydrated, nourished and lubricated, you’re asking for injury. So start out slowly and gently. Don’t accelerate too quickly. Give yourself time to develop a routine for life. Think of that car that’s been sitting too long… you might need a ‘trickle charger’ to give yourself a boost. Make sure you have a full tank (eating healthy foods); add some fuel stabilizer (quality vitamins and minerals); and keep your engine oiled and your system cool. Then you too will be good to go—and keep going!