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.
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