Exercise Changes Everything
Other than flossing, exercise has to be the one thing that we all know we should be doing but just don’t do often enough, right?
We all know that we are supposed to exercise. It’s recommended by every TV personality you hear, our government, your entire circle of friends talks about it, and it’s in every issue of every magazine you read. It’s imperative you work out to keep off weight, to get “in shape,” and to improve things like blood pressure and cholesterol. Yet, despite what we know, very few of us actually make it to the gym.
According to the CDC, only 20% of adults over the age of 18 meet the federal guidelines for physical activity. And from 1988 to 2012, adults with Grade 1 obesity rose from 14.8% to 20.4%, the number of adults with Grade 2 obesity rose from 5.2% to 8.6%, and those with Grade 3 obesity has doubled from 3.0% to 6.3%.
But it’s not all about weight loss. There is SO much more to exercising. I love this infographic from The Huffington Post:
I love that by moving, you’ll actually rest better. Seems counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? It seems it would be the opposite. Logic would say that if you’re resting and relaxed, you would then rest better–but that’s just not the case!
What the infographic doesn’t mention is that not only are there physical benefits to exercise, there are also huge mental benefits to exercise. Study after study shows that brain function actually increases after exercising! Check out this picture:
That’s a scan of students’ brains before taking a test. The group on the left sat still, while the group on the right exercised for 20 minutes. Just slightly different…
So if you’re wanting to do better in school, get up and move!
If you want to be more productive at work, take a walk at lunch!
The body (and the brain) has to move. It’d crucial for both physical and mental stimulus.
But what’s also true about exercise is that the body needs it. It craves it. Movement and exercise are the foundation of the body and were the foundation for Pete Egoscue’s first book, The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion. In fact, in the opening pages, Pete lays it out clearly:
From birth to death, we never stop moving. Even asleep, we toss and turn; the heart beats. Motion–that’s what the human body is all about.
We know that the body needs minimum daily requirements of vitamins, minerals, protein, and water. There are other necessities determined by biological fiat as well: shelter, warmth, space, companionship. If there is a “she who must be obeyed” (Rumpole fans take note), she is biology.
Have you ever stopped to think that movement is as much of a biological imperative as food and water? It is. There was a time, and not long ago, when it was easy, instinctive, to obey the biological imperative of motion. Man moved because he had to. Not anymore. Survival doesn’t depend on motion. We can sit at a desk, sit in a car, sit in front of the TV set, and live the “good life.”
Most of us have disobeyed the biological imperative of movement for so long that when we do put our bodies in motion, what should be motion of the most routine sort causes pain or forces the body to compensate in ways that drain away our energy levels, undermine our physical and athletic bility, and will one day bring on pain. The design of the body is being violated with every step we take, and that simply does not have to happen.
It’s high-time we start exercising. And not just for our physical body. It’s a full-body activity, and it’s a game-changer!
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QUESTION: What’s your favorite form of exercise?