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4 Reasons Your Body Needs Exercise

When most people think of exercise they think it’s all about losing weight. Truthfully, it is far more than a way to lose unwanted pounds. It is vital for your body’s overall health. It is actually very dangerous NOT to exercise.

Sure, it is important to do other healthy things like; eat right, get enough sleep, and drink plenty of water. However, without regular exercise, all of that is like trying to drive a car without tires. You’re not going to get very far, and you are most definitely going to completely destroy the car!

Read These 4 Reasons Your Body Needs Exercise

1. Supplies Much Needed Energy

Mitochondria are organelles that can be considered the power generators of a cell, similar to the alternator of a car. They convert oxygen and nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which aid in metabolic activities.

Mitochondria levels drop when your heart isn't working at its full potential and your oxygen levels are diminished, due to lack of exercise.

Fatigue occurs when energy production is slowed down.

2. Helps Prevent Potential Bone Problems

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.

If the period of inactivity is long enough bones eventually began to weaken. This can result in osteoporosis.

3. Aids in Muscle Health

Just like bones, muscles benefit from exercise—especially your heart muscle. One of the first signs of being out of shape, due to inactivity, is loss of strength and muscle tone.

Without exercise, the "electrical" connection between your nerves and muscles becomes sporadic. It can cause decreased strength and an increased risk of muscle injury, because of shrinking muscle mass.

4. Reduces Heart-Related Difficulties

Whatever your age, it's important to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Even though your heart muscle is different from your skeletal muscles, the same health-related principles apply. 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. All of these conditions are potentially dangerous if left untreated.

As you can see, inactivity causes havoc in and damage to your body. This is especially true for individuals who already deal with chronic conditions, because it typically only makes things worse.

We care about your health here at New Direction Natural Medicine. Call the office today 321-972-2940 to schedule a health evaluation, and let’s get you on track to better health!

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