By: Martin Johnson, DHM, Owner and Natural Health Consultant
When I mention the words ‘exercise benefits’, you might immediately think of heart or cardio vascular health, strengthening muscles, increasing metabolism and improving circulation. These benefits are all true and very important, but there are three other benefits that are crucial to our everyday health: improved bone density, consistent flushing of toxins from your body and brain stimulation.
1. Improved Bone Density
Strengthening bones can be impacted using resistance training, i.e. “lifting weights.” The more load you put on your skeletal structure, the more the bone cells will respond to build stronger bone. Stronger bones result in fewer injuries as we age.
Other options for strengthening bones include:
· Utilizing weight machines at your local gym
· Strengthening muscles with stretchy resistant bands
· Use your own body weight by doing exercises like push-ups, squats, planks, lunges, step-ups, abdominal crunches, chin-ups, and 100s of other strength training exercises.
· Try exercises with weighted medicine balls
· Utilize household items for weights, if you don’t want to purchase any
2. Flushing of Toxins
Your lymphatic system flushes toxins that build up in your body. However, unlike your circulatory system, it doesn’t have a pump (the heart) to push the fluid around. Instead, the lymphatic fluid relies on muscle movement to operate properly. A lack of movement equates to stagnant lymph fluid which can equate to lack of toxins moving out effectively. The more you increase your heart rate, the faster you move blood through the vessels, which also helps eliminate toxins promptly. If toxins build up, this could lead to inflammation which can cause chronic illnesses such as autoimmune diseases, heart disease, dementia, and even cancer.
3. Brain Stimulation
The third benefit often not considered is brain stimulation for your health. In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning. This finding comes at a critical time since researchers currently say that one new case of dementia is detected every four seconds globally! Four seconds! They estimate that by the year 2050 more than 115 million people will have dementia worldwide.
The above information highlights how crucial it is for us to keep up with preventative health measures like exercise, the proper therapeutic whole food supplements and balancing our body chemistry through dietary intake! Commitment to these areas can seriously minimize your chances of being a part of a negative health statistic.
Please stay proactive with your health!
If you struggle with poor digestive health, weight loss resistance, allergies, fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, or even an autoimmune disease, I would encourage you to get to the root cause and don’t settle for it being covered up with medication. It will only get worse over time.
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