Exercise helps build strong and healthy bones, muscles and joints. The relationship between these elements is just as important as the individual components and so it is important to work the skeletal system as a whole. Without exercise our joints become less supple as ligaments tighten; and with excessive weight-lifting our muscles become short and bunched leading to less joint mobility. Exercise with a good range of movement is recommended, or a combination of exercise in your week that increases joint mobility and contains some load-bearing such as walking. Load-bearing exercise guards against osteoporosis by increasing bone density.
Our digestive systems work better with regular exercise. If you suffer from constipation then you will see a big difference if you take a brisk 20 minutes walk daily as long as your diet is good. Exercise seems to increase blood supply to the gut and this improves overall function. As the health of the gut increases, absorption of nutrients increases and your body receives more of what it needs.
If you have a teenager at home you will already have discovered the amazing effects that exercise has on hormone levels! Rigorous exercise three times a week balances hormone levels and eliminates those severe mood swings that teenagers are prone to. You can also discover for yourself if you are a sufferer of pre-menstrual tension, that exercise lessens the severity enormously and mild PMT can be eliminated altogether. This wonderful hormone balancing effect is great for most endocrine dysfunctions or disorders.
Everyone knows that swimming can be a great sport for asthmatics. The key thing is that the exercise develops lung capacity and strengthens the lungs which has a healing effect on the asthma. In fact, although swimming has the extra benefit of breath-holding, any aerobic exercise will provide a decent workout for your lungs.
Your skin will improve with exercise. Exercise increases elimination which helps the body to get rid of toxins, thereby improving health. It stimulates your lymphatic system which improves delivery of nutrients to the areas that need them. It also increases blood supply to the skin which can only help you obtain that gorgeous healthy, glowing exterior!
There are many complex things that govern and influence your metabolic function including hormones, diet and exercise. If you eat frequent, healthy meals, do not skip breakfast and combine this with a regular exercise regime, your metabolic rate will be faster. It also pays to increase your lean muscle mass as the greater your muscle to fat tissue ratio, the faster your metabolic rate will be. This is an important fact when putting together an exercise regime for weight loss but studies show that the greater our lean muscle mass the healthier we are in general.
Many studies have shown that regular exercise can have a very positive outcome for depression, especially mild depression. It seems this improvement is caused by a synergistic combination of many of the balancing effects described above. What is not in doubt is the amazing changes that appear to take place when you take regular exercise.
Sam Adkins, The Homeopathic Coach, teaches families about healthy living and natural remedies using homeopathic medicine. An internationally renowned expert, her helpful articles are regularly syndicated online. She publishes the ezine Homeopathy@Home to provide free homeopathic tips, tools and resources to educate and inspire you to use homeopathy at home.