3 Things That Happen When We Don’t Exercise

3 Things That Happen When We Don’t Exercise

Research supports the claims about the benefits of exercise to your health. Doctors recommend that it is needed. In my previous blog post, I talk about 4 Reasons Why We Should Exercise if you haven’t already checked it out. However, we often focus on the benefits of exercise, and don’t really talk about what happens when we don’t exercise. What happens when we don’t stay physically active? There are a number of things that can happen, but let’s look at 3 Things That Can Happen When We Don’t Exercise:

Number 1: Muscle loss

Muscle atrophy is the medical term loss of muscle tissue. This can be brought on because of an injury, a pre-existing illness or poor nutrition. However, one of the biggest factors is attributed to long periods of inactivity. You may have heard the saying “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” This can be applied to our muscles- if you don’t use them, we lose them. When we don’t incorporate exercise as part of our daily routine, it can lead to a loss of muscle strength, low blood circulation, which can lead to a loss of independence in our older years.

Number 2: Bone loss

Exercise is important to maintain strong and healthy bones. A lack of physical inactivity can affect our bones, especially as we age. Bones are considered to be a living tissue. This means that it changes in response to the amount of force continually placed on them. When we don’t exercise, we are not regularly placing force on the bones, causing them to become weak and brittle. This in return can lead to bones being more susceptible to fractures and breaks from falls and other bone related diseases such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.

To learn more about bone health, please check out my previous blog post about bone diseases.

Number 3: Increased Joint Pain

When we don’t exercise, we put ourselves at a higher risk of gaining excess weight. As a result, this puts more pressure on our joints. This in return makes it harder for the joint to support movement of the body making the joints to become stiff. When the joints are stiff, it makes it uncomfortable to move around, which can also lead to, muscle loss.

From whichever angle we try to look at things, exercise plays a major role in our lives. By looking at these few consequences of physical inactivity, I hope it will trigger you to start considering a fitness plan. If you don’t know where to start in your fitness journey, consider learning more about my Wellness Development program.

You can ease on into working out in a way that makes sense for you and your lifestyle. If you are looking to take the next step in your workouts, the Wellness Development program can also help you take a look at where you are and assist you to reach your goals.

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4 Reasons Why We Exercise

4 Reasons Why We Exercise

There are several things to consider when it comes to the elements of healthy living such as attending all routine doctor’s visits, maintaining a nutritious diet, and regular physical activity. In order to achieve and sustain good health, physical activity is a core component for staying healthy. Therefore, it should not be left out of the equation. Regular exercise is particularly important as we get older.

There are a number of benefits one can gain from participating in a fitness program, especially during the senior years. Here are 4 reasons why it is good to exercise:

Number 1: Exercise helps to maintain a healthy weight

Weight varies on different factors such as, age, gender and height. However, research has shown that being overweight or obese can increase your risk of a number of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and more severe health events such as a heart attack. Eating a proper diet needs to be accompanied by physical activity for it to serve its purpose. Of course, this is not to downplay the role of healthy eating in weight management, but your diet needs the support of physical activity in order to maintain and sustain a healthy weight.

Number 2: Exercise lowers your risk for chronic health conditions

As we get older, we are at an increased risk for a number of health concerns. These health conditions can include certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis to name but a few. These health conditions can lead to on-going pain that may slow our day-to-day life activities. However, when we incorporate physical activity into our daily routine, this helps us manage the pain in a way that traditional medicine may not be able to.

Number 3: Exercise improves your stamina

Stamina is about having the capacity to sustain prolonged physical activity or having the endurance to keep going. It can be very frustrating when you don’t have the energy to keep up with your young kids or grand-kids or constantly having to take breaks when walking up a flight of stairs. But when we commit to a workout routine, these and other tasks can become a walk in the park. Exercise helps to better circulate oxygen throughout the body. This in turns boost your energy level and increases your stamina.

Number 4: Exercise is fun

Exercise can be a great social aspect of your day. It is always more fun to attend a class (whether physically or virtually) with a friend. It can be great way to make new friends. You may notice that there are a few folks who also consistently attend the same class every week. It can create a number of inside jokes as well. Not to mention you can request the DJ to play your favorite workout song and break out those Zumba or Jazzercise dance routines with your friends on the dance floor. Physical and exercise activity is an invaluable asset of healthy living.

We all have our reasons for working out, these are just but a few. What is your reason? Fill in the blank: “I work out because ……………” and tag us on Facebook @dancetowellness with your response.

You can also join the Dance to Wellness Facebook Group and connect with a community of others who can support your fitness goals. Remember that consistency is the key and that every step counts.

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