It’s important to remember that we have evolved from our nomadic ancestors who have spent most of their time moving around in search of food and shelter. And it is required for them to travel large distances on a daily basis. Similarly, Our bodies are designed and have evolved to be regularly active and it is important to understand the importance and impact of exercise.
Like a sports car is designed to drive, our body is designed to move. And if a sports car is not taken out every other week, it would probably start to develop engine problems. Over time, people too develop problems if they sit down all day at a desk or in front of the TV and minimize the amount of exercise they do.
In This blog following Questions will be answered:
- Importance and impact of exercise
- Its impact on our age
Let’s understand the importance and impact of exercise on a cellular level in our body.
Increase in the number of mitochondria
- Exercise helps the body make more mitochondria. The more people exercise, the more mitochondria they make.
- Mitochondria, Also known as Pran in Ayurveda, are small structures found in most cells. They are often referred to as the “powerhouse” of the cell.
- Mitochondria transform energy from food into cellular energy. Exercise increases the number of mitochondria improving your body’s ability to produce energy.
- In other words, the more mitochondria you have, the more energy you can generate during exercise and the faster and longer you can exercise.
Exercise helps in fighting inflammation
- Inflammation is the body’s way of healing itself after an injury and protecting itself from infection; but chronic inflammation is linked with all kinds of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease.
- When you start exercising and moving your muscles, your muscle cells release a small protein called Interleukin 6, or IL-6, it plays an important role in fighting inflammation.
- IL-6 has several anti-inflammatory effects like Lowering the levels of a protein called TNF alpha, which itself triggers inflammation in the body.
- And inhibiting the signaling effects of a protein called interleukin 1 beta, which triggers inflammation that can damage the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
- It means the longer your workout, the more IL-6 is released which later becomes a bonus for the body.
Adverse effects of irregular exercise
- A study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2008 suggests that the weight gained during an exercise break can be tough to shed when exercise is resumed later.
- After experimenting over 17000 men and women, Doctors in the study have noticed that people who resumed after a break from their fitness regime later gained weight and then losing those pounds became an uphill battle for them.
- So, if you still want a little time off from the routine, try not to break it completely but at least walk every day.
- It is the best cardio exercise, suitable for every age group. Walking is a great way to improve and maintain your overall health.
- Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance.
Exercise prevents age-related problems
- Reduce arthritic pain, maintaining mobility, prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s, and minimize the limitations of aging far into your coming years. Exercise can do all that.
- It is seen that brain functions have improved among older men and women who walked for only 2 hours every week.
- Regular exercise reduces mortality rates by 25% to 33% and increases life expectancy by 1 to 2 years by age 80.
- Fit people have a death rate four times lower than the unfit ones.
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