Your brain, your body, and exercise.
Something simple that can have a very positive impact on your life is exercise. Moving your body is essential for the health of the nervous system. Your spine requires movement. Sitting is to the spine as sugar is to the teeth. If you want a healthy brain you have to move your body. "Ninety percent of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine." states Dr. Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize recipient for brain research.
When you move your body and spine, it fires good messages into your brain, your memory centers, your hormonal system, and your stress anxiety centers. Exercise helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and both short and long term memory is improved. The brain then produces good messages that are then sent back down your spinal cord and out through the spinal nerves to all organs of the body, delivering a greater level of health, energy, and vitality.
When you don't move, your spine locks up. Muscle degeneration and neurological degeneration begins, inflammation starts to develop, and ligaments, tendons, joints, and discs begin to malfunction. The bad information going into the brain due to lack of movement will ultimately produce disease and sickness.
If you have pain it is worthwhile to move your body because then the joints become lubricated. Oxygenation created by movement assists in transporting waste out of the joints and moving nutrients in, so the joints actually work better over time. It may be painful at first but in time the pain will lessen. Also not exercising makes your immune system weaker, depletes your memory, and ages your brain faster.
When you don't move your body, your blood vessels become weaker and thinner. Blood pressure has to go up because as the heart gets weaker it has to pump more times per minute to circulate the same amount of blood. There is also more chance of developing cancer. If the brain is not getting enough oxygen then neurons start dying off rapidly. Exercise is absolutely critical for the immune system, brain function, and heart function. Research suggests that regular exercise may delay or even reverse age-related brain decline.
Exercise counteracts the effects of aging, increases lifespan, and improves bone function. Research has shown that exercise was significantly more important than calcium intake for developing and keeping bones strong.
Exercise is also a great way to naturally eliminate toxins.
Just walking 1.5 miles a day and getting fit:
* Increases aerobic capacity by 19%.
* Increases physical function by 25%
* Decreases risk of disability by 41%
* Saves a normal-weight retiree $3,300 on annual medical bills
* Lowers the risk of heart disease by 32%
* Lowers the risk of stroke by 33%
* Lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 71%
* Reduces the risk of breast cancer by 18%
* Reduces the risk of colon cancer by 31%
* Increases the rate of survival from all types of cancer by 33%
* Reduces symptoms of depression by 47%
* Shortens the healing time of skin wounds by 10 days
* Lowers the risk of Alzheimer's by 40%
* Lowers the risk of Arthritis by 46%
* You will experience zero loss of bone density, so no worries about osteoporosis
Time to get up and move for the good health of your body and your brain all the days of your life.