Lack of Exercise Can do This


Lack of Exercise Can do This

Lack of Exercise Can do This

As I was relaxing and pondering the problems of the world I realized that I don’t really give a hoot.  It’s the tortoise life for me!

1.   If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

2.  A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat!

3.   A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.

4.  A tortoise doesn’t run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years. And you tell me to exercise? I don’t think so!

The above, of course, was said tongue in cheek; but, I do believe there are those that still think this is true.  If that is the case I hope that these people institute change in their lives.

Being sedentary can lead to all sorts of problems:

Obesity is the first that comes to mind and being over weight can lead to all sorts of maladies that aren’t pleasant. Being overweight can lead to diabetes, heart problems, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries caused by plaque build up) and other things.

Lack of exercise can do this too.  If you have arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or other disease that makes you sore all over, lack of exercise can actually make the pain worse.  I know from experience that being sedentary all day makes a big difference in how I feel compared to being more active.  Even a 10 to 15 minute walk helps my pain stay more in control.  In my case it’s fibromyalgia but I’ve also talked with people that have arthritis (both osteo and rheumatoid) and chronic fatigue and have been told by most of them that mild exercise throughout the day really helps their pain level. The key here is mild exercise and being careful not to overdo. Some mild exercises would be walking, swimming, and yoga.

Creating a foggy mind. Yes, lack of exercise can do this too.  When you exercise the blood flow to to your brain is increased.  With this increase comes more oxygen gets to your brain.  Your brain thrives on a good blood supply and lots of oxygen.  By replenishing brain cells with the nutrients they need you will be able to think more clearly.  I know that I can tell the difference if I’ve been lazy for a few days.  My mind quits wanting to do things as well as the rest of my body. Television instead of my quilt or a good book rates very high at those times because my mind just doesn’t want to deal with anything more taxing.

Lack of exercise can cause muscle atrophy.  You need strong muscles to carry you from place to place.  When your skeletal muscles are weak and you don’t or can’t move the rest of your muscles will become weak too.  Your heart won’t beat as effectively, your lungs won’t expand like they should, your stomach and intestines could cause all sorts of upsets and eventually everything will just wind down.  Things like heart attack, bronchitis, pneumonia, intestinal blockages, and even some cancers have been linked to lack of exercise.

Now I’m not saying you should go out and run a marathon but you should incorporate exercise in small doses to begin with and then work your way up to a goal that you set for yourself.  That goal might be walking a mile a day or running a 10K marathon.  Whatever that goal is, not exercising will not get you there.  As the old cliche’ goes, “Don’t be a couch potato”. Get moving, you’ll feel better for it.

Lack of Exercise Can do This


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