Thursday, October 9, 2008

The risks of not taking exercise

Whatever your age physical activity plays an important part in your health and well-being. Some people think it is only sportsmen and women who need to build physical activity into their lives. However everyone needs to keep their bodies working well in order to be healthy.

Physical activity is necessary to stimulate the body's own natural maintenance and repair system. Your bones, joints and muscles - especially your heart - will actually stay younger if you keep them busy. If you are not physically active you increase your health risks in many ways.

Risks to you
Coronary Heart Disease, strokes, high blood pressure, breathlessness, flabby body, little energy, stiff joints, osteoporosis, poor posture, overweight.

Risks to your family
Lack of energy for your sexual relationship; lack of energy for your children and grandchildren; a poor role model.

The three main components of being physically fit are stamina, strength and suppleness.


Stamina
You need a well-developed circulation to the heart and lungs to give you the ability to keep going without gasping for breath. With stamina you have a slower more powerful heartbeat and will be able to cope more easily with prolonged or heavy exercise.

Strength
You need well toned muscles to give you the ability to do physical work. When your shoulder, trunk and thigh muscles are toned-up they will work well and you will not experience strains and injuries as often.

Suppleness
Developing good mobility in your neck, spine and joints will prevent you spraining ligaments and pulling muscles and tendons. You will also be less likely to experience aches and pains from stiff joints.

1 comment:

cck said...

Shy to say I'm a risk :(