EXERCISE BENEFITS

CHILDREN NEED EXERCISE

THE RESEARCH IS CRYSTAL CLEAR: BEING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE IS MEDICINE. EXERCISE WILL CONTRIBUTE TO A STRONG AND HEALTHY IMMUNE RESPONSE. VACCINES ARE NOT THE ANSWER. IF YOU HONOR YOUR BODY YOU WILL NOT NEED ANY EXTERNAL SUPPORT SYSTEMS.

Gregg Braden

Five-time New York times best selling author

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN KIDS DON’T EXERCISE

REDUCED SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

Exercise boosts brain power and improves academic results. Also, research proves that moderate activity increases brain function, cognition and academic performance in children. Moreover, exercise boosts the blood flow to the brain which assists kids with everything, from concentration and alertness to problem solving. Lack of physical activity means that your children may miss out on these benefits, and not reach their full academic potential at school.

 

INCREASE RISK OF DISEASE

It’s more difficult to maintain a healthy weight and regulate blood pressure without regular physical activity. Overweight kids are more prone to developing high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

 

STRESS INCREASES

Childhood stress has increased over the last few decades, with 40% of kids reporting feeling stressed and overly worried.  Prolonged stress in young children can slow, or even stop, brain development and physical growth.

 

MOOD SWINGS

Lack of exercise can lead to a diminished sense of well-being.  Good mental health is vital for learning and life, and helps kids enjoy their daily experiences, build positive and meaningful relationships with others, and develop vital coping skills for later in life.

 

LACK OF SLEEP

Lack of exercise also affects sleep patterns positively.  The recommendation is that school age kids and teens sleep between 9 and 11 hours a night, depending on their age. However, inactive children are more likely to have difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep.

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STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM 

IMMUNE HEALTH IS THE SAME AS YOUR HEALTH -AND YOU MUST MAKE THE PATH TO HEALTH WORK FOR YOU. CREATING HEALTH IS NOT A FAD – IT IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE.

The immune system is a complex adaptive system that provides surveillance against foreign proteins, viruses, and bacteria by using the unique functions of cells.

  • The immune system influences the body’s overall response to exercise (Reichlin 1992).
  • A growing body of literature indicates that the incidence of some infections may be influenced by the exercise history of the individual (Nieman 1994; HoffmanGoetz and Pedersen 1994).
  • Moderate exercise has been shown to bolster the function of certain components of the human immune system—such as natural killer cells, circulating T- and B-lymphocytes, and cells of the monocyte-macrophage system—thereby possibly decreasing the incidence of some infections (Keast, Cameron, Morton 1988; Pedersen and Ullum 1994; Woods and Davis 1994) and perhaps of certain types of cancer (Shephard and Shek 1995).

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LOWER YOUR RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Following the recommendations and getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity can put you at a lower risk for these diseases. You can reduce your risk even further with more physical activity. Regular physical activity can also lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels.

CAN IMPROVE A CHRONIC CONDITION

If you have a chronic disease — such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or back or joint pain — exercise can have important health benefits. Regular exercise can help you manage symptoms and improve your health.

 

Aerobic exercise can help improve your heart health and endurance and aid in weight loss. High-intensity interval training is generally safe and effective for most people. 

 

Strength training can improve muscle strength and endurance, make it easier to do daily activities, slow disease-related declines in muscle strength, and provide stability to joints.

 

Flexibility exercises may help you to have optimal range of motion about your joints, so they can function best, and stability exercises may help reduce the risk of falls.

 

FOR EXAMPLE:

  • HEART DISEASE. Regular exercise can help improve your heart health. Recent studies have shown that interval training is often tolerated well in people with heart disease, and it can produce significant benefits.

 For people with high blood pressure, exercise can lower your   risk of dying of heart disease and lower the risk of heart   disease progressing.

  • DIABETES. Regular exercise can help insulin more effectively lower your blood sugar level. Physical activity can also help you control your weight and boost your energy. If you have type 2 diabetes, exercise can lower your risk of dying of heart disease.
  • ASTHMA. Often, exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
  • BACK PAIN. Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercises (core-strengthening exercises) may help reduce symptoms by strengthening the muscles around your spine.
  • ARTHRITIS. Exercise can reduce pain; help maintain muscle strength in affected joints, and reduce joint stiffness. It can also improve physical function and quality of life for people who have arthritis.
  • CANCER. Exercise can improve the quality of life for people who've had cancer, and it can also improve their fitness. Exercise can also lower the risk of dying from breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer.
  • DEMENTIA. Exercise can improve cognition in people with dementia, and people who are active on a regular basis are at less risk of dementia and cognitive impairment.

LOWERS CANCER RISK AND IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE

Being physically active lowers your risk for developing several commonly occurring cancers. Research shows that adults who participate in greater amounts of physical activity have reduced risks of developing cancers of the:

  • Bladder
  • Breast
  • Colon (proximal and distal)
  • Endometrium
  • Esophagus (adenocarcinoma)
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • Stomach (cardia and non-cardia adenocarcinoma)

Improve Your Quality Of Life. If you are a cancer survivor, research shows that getting regular physical activity not only helps give you a better quality of life, but also improves your physical fitness.

STRENGTHEN YOUR BONES AND MUSCLES

As you age, it’s important to protect your bones, joints, and muscles – they support your body and help you move. Keeping bones, joints, and muscles healthy can help ensure that you’re able to do your daily activities and be physically active. Doing aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening physical activity at a moderately-intense level can slow the loss of bone density that comes with age. Regular physical activity helps with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions affecting the joints. Doing moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, if able, plus muscle-strengthening activity improves your ability to manage pain and do everyday tasks and improves quality of life.

INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF LIVING LONGER

Science shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers. This is remarkable because only a few lifestyle choices have as large an impact on your health as physical activity. People who are physically active for about 150 minutes a week have a 33% lower risk of all-cause mortality than those who are physically inactive.

CONCLUSION 

  1. Physical activity has numerous beneficial physiologic effects. Most widely appreciated are its effects on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, but benefits on the functioning of metabolic, endocrine, and immune systems are also considerable. 
  2. Many of the beneficial effects of exercise training—from both endurance and resistance activities—diminish within 2 weeks if physical activity is substantially reduced, and effects disappear within 2 to 8 months if physical activity is not resumed.

SOURCES:

www.mayoclinic.org/

www.health.gov/

www.cdc.gov