Health And Injury: Healing Effects Of Exercise

This article explains the benefits of exercise, especially with certain conditions, such as acute injury, heart problems, and obesity.

Make sure you talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Exercise should be an important part of everyone's daily routine because its reaps so many benefits. People who exercise tend to live a longer, healthier life, and also feel better about their well-being in general. Exercise can help relieve stress, help build muscles and heart endurance, and keep bones and organs strong and healthy. Sedentary people often become overweight, and experience more health problems as the years pass. Besides improving overall well-being and delaying the onset of various conditions and diseases as we age, exercise can help rehabilitate certain conditions. Exercise often is part of the healing process, and without exercise or therapy, conditions can worsen or never stabilize.

For example, many of us at one time or another have suffered an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain, a deep bruise, or a fractured bone. In the beginning, rest and ice is important for healing to take place, but after a certain amount of time it is also important to incorporate exercise while the injury is healing. Exercise provides many benefits to healing injuries, such as:

1) Increasing blood flow to the area being exercised --> by increasing blood flow you increase the cells that eat up bad debris in the injury, increase the oxygen level to the area to speed up healing, and increase the circulation to take the debris out of the injured areas

2) Prevent stiffness --> by exercising the muscles around the area, you prevent scar adhesions from forming and resulting in a severely stiff joint, such as frozen shoulder, that may never be fixed.

3) Preventing muscle atrophy --> muscles often lose their shape and strength after an injury. By exercising, the muscles remain strong, and prevent the need for a brace to help after the injury has healed.

Exercise is not only for acute injuries, but for chronic conditions as well. People are encouraged to exercise to prevent future heart complication and diabetes mellitus, but both heart patients and diabetes patients are encouraged to exercise to prevent worsening of their condition. Exercises for these folks is less about strength and muscle building like acute injuries, and more about working the heart, building endurance, and decreasing fat in the body. Exercises such as walking, bicycling, jogging, playing tennis, and jumping rope can increase your heart rate, thus giving the heart a workout. With a proper-warm up and cool-down, thirty minutes of "cardiovascular" workout can reap these benefits:

1) Increased heart rate --> this requires the heart to work harder. Since the heart is also a muscle, working it will increase its strength, and be less susceptible to complications and heart attack.

2) Decreased resting heart rate --> giving the heart a work out also means that it will beat less when you are resting, which is efficient for the body to save energy.

3) Increased blood flow and circulation -> the harder the heart works, the more blood that is being pumped to the rest of the body, keeping the organs and muscles healthy and full of oxygen.

Finally, exercise is highly beneficial for those that are overweight. Obese people often have heart trouble and diabetes, and exercise can give the benefits listed above. However, exercise is also a great way to lose weight. Combined with a balanced diet, exercise can help minimize fat cells and increase muscle cells. It also can work out the lungs and heart, allowing people who usually get short of breath and fatigue quickly to sustain longer periods of movement. In addition, once overweight people start losing weight, they feel better about themselves and have better moods, which is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Without exercise, not only are you guaranteed to gain weight, but also you are guaranteed to have heart and lung problems, and are susceptible to many life-altering conditions. What is great is you don't need a gym membership to exercise - it's actually very easy! Simple exercises such as:

1) walking around your neighborhood

2) taking the stairs instead of the elevator

3) parking far from the mall and walking to the entrance.

4) keep moving at your desk by kicking your legs or lifting your arms every once in a while.

5) doing 20 jumping-jacks every hour can help give your heart a jump-start and lead you on the path to a healthy life!

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