Exercise

Exercise

September 30, 2019 | Hope Channel Southeast Asia

 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nowadays the main causes of disease are tobacco, lack of exercises, poor nutrition, and alcohol. At a time when the struggle for survival often robs us of our free time, we must consider to incorporate periodic physical activity and an active lifestyle into our day to day to enjoy good health. 1


In order to encourage you, here are some of the benefits of exercising:

Strengthens your heart

Physical activity accelerates the metabolism and, above all, the heart which favors a correct blood circulation. You can jump rope, jog or run through the streets of your neighborhood, as well as ride a bicycle. 1

 

Improves your work performance

Besides Seventh Day Adventists, some scientists also believe that exercise, thanks to its production of endorphins, helps to clear the mind and generates a feeling of relaxation which favors creativity and mental agility. 1

 

Helps you control your weight

Along with diet, exercise plays an important role in controlling your weight and preventing obesity. To maintain your weight, the calories you eat and drink must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat and drink. 2

 

Reduces the risk of heart diseases

Exercise strengthens your heart and optimizes your circulation. The increased blood flow raises the oxygen levels in your body. This helps lower the risk of heart diseases such as high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, and heart attack. Regular exercise can also lower your blood pressure and triglyceride levels. 2

 

Helps your body manage blood sugar and insulin levels

Exercise can lower your blood sugar level and help your insulin work well. This can cut down the risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. If you already have one of these diseases, exercise can help you to manage it. 2

 

Helps you quit smoking

Exercise may make easier to quit smoking by reducing your cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It can also help limit the weight you might gain when you stop smoking. 2

 

Improves your mental health and mood

While exercising, your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. This can help you deal with stress and reduce the risk of depression. 2

 

Helps keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age

Exercise stimulates your body to release proteins and other chemicals that improve the structure and function of your brain. 2

 

Strengthens your bones and muscles

Regular exercise can help kids and teens build strong bones. Later in life, it can also slow the loss of bone density that comes with age. Doing muscle-strengthening activities can help you increase or maintain your muscle mass and strength. 2

 

Reduces the risk of some cancers, including colon, breast, uterine, and lung cancer. 2

 

Reduces the risk of falls

For older adults, research shows that doing balance and muscle-strengthening activities in addition to moderate-intensity aerobic activity can help reduce your risk of falling. 2

 

Improves your sleep

Exercise can help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. 2


Even with a busy life, it is possible to adopt new little habits that will encourage you to start a new healthy lifestyle. You can climb the stairs of your building instead of using the elevator, park the car a little farther from the supermarket entrance so you can walk more. You can help someone on the street to carry something, help your parents or spouse cleaning up the house or even start tending a small garden in the backyard of your house.

The Bible says: Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19,20)

We must take care of this incredible machine that God gifted us with. Amazing benefits will be seen in us if we organize and separate time to exercise every day. Pray for His help and why not, for a partner of exercise that accepts to accompany you in this journey.


References:

1 theadventistdiet.com/seventh-day-adventist-health-principle-exercise/

2 medlineplus.gov/benefitsofexercise.html