Many things happen to the body when it doesn't get enough exercise. Unfortunately, it goes way beyond gaining weight. It's important 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 inactivity. No one is immune!
Mitochondria in the cells produce energy. They need carbohydrates and oxygen to work properly. Since mitochondria are required for all bodily functions and movement, you definitely can't live without them.
Fatigue occurs when energy production is slowed down and the body requires the same amount of energy to get work done.
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, the cause of kidney stones.
Women are at a higher risk for osteoporosis, so maintaining bone health is really important.
Just like bones, muscles benefit from a good workout. One of the first signs of being out of shape, due to inactivity, is the loss of strength and muscle tone.
This can also cause issues with blood flow and being able to receive proper nutrients and getting rid of waste.
Without exercise, the “electrical” connection between your nerves and muscles is sporadic at best. Remember, everything is energy!
It's important to keep your heart as healthy as possible. 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.
Even Light Exercise Counts
Sometimes periods of inactivity are inevitable. I've worked desk jobs for a long time that left me wiped out and I still had to keep life going.
It never seemed like I had time to workout, but at least I would walk when I could. I feel I've neglected my temple in so many ways. I am grateful to be in good health and look forward to improving my health.
Now that I am a full-time business owner, I have the freedom and flexibility to do the things that are important to me. I keep a yoga mat in my car, at home, and in my office, so I can practice where ever I am.
Yoga, at Colors of Yoga, has a tremendous impact on my mind and body. It's a light to moderate exercise that can help anyone improve their wellness. Yoga will continue to be one of my main forms of fitness.
It's been on my goal list to become a certified yoga instructor for a while now. Deepening my practice will help me work towards that goal while improving my energy levels, toning and developing muscles, and it's great for my heart and mind too.