We spend a lot of time with people talking about Nutrition but Movement Matters too.
Many people are focused on their diets when they think about healthy and wellness, especially if they are trying to lose weight. This is a good thing! Results in weight loss and fitness will come 70% from diet (what you eat), and 30% from exercise.
Exercise does need to be part of equation, like it or not. But many people mistakenly believe it is just about building muscle. Building muscle is important, but not the only reason exercise is critical to your health.Building muscle is important, but not the only reason #exercise is critical to #health. Click To Tweet
This blog will explore 7 surprising ways movement matters for more than “just” your muscles.
Movement Strengthens Your Bones
This particular benefit of movement is most closely tied to your muscles, if you can excuse the pun.
When you exercise and engage your muscles, the tendons that “tie” those muscles to your bones are stretched and pull on your bones. This pulling causes a response from your body to fortify the bone, so that it will hold and not break. A fortified bone is a stronger bone, decreasing the likelihood that a random fall or twist will cause a break.
Movement Strengthens Your Lungs (and Heart)
Are you winded when you climb stairs quickly? Hopefully not, but if you are you can quickly reverse this. Your body is designed to get better at what it does regularly with intention. See our blog Exercise is a PureLiving Pillar for ways you may consider getting started.
Need a little more inspiration? Read Do You Know What Sitting is Doing to Your Body?
Your body is designed to get better at what it does regularly. #MovementMatters Click To Tweet
Regular Movement Matters to Reduce and Prevent Injury
Accidents happen. If you have a pet, or kids, you know how they occasionally can get underfoot. A dog on a walk can pull you off balance. Ice is blamed for many broken ankles, hips, and wrists.
If exercise is part of your normal habits, your body is more equipped to handle the unexpected.
Down to your very nerves, regular exercise keeps your body more able to handle a fall in a safer way, or at least not be as injured as a result. A bruise is better than a break! As mentioned above, strong muscles and tendons even strengthen your bones.If exercise is part of your normal habits, your body is more equipped to handle the unexpected. #MovementMatters Click To Tweet
Movement Matters for Clear Healthy Skin… and more.
When you exercise, it’s important to sweat. Sweat is the body’s natural way to regulate temperature it also brings impurities and toxins out of the skin, pores, and even lymph nodes.
Your skin is an organ of your body. It has function beyond simple protection of your internal organs, and making us look better than we would without it! When you exercise, blood comes closer to the surface of your skin and allows your skin to do it’s job of filtering out toxins that sweat can carry out of the body.
Besides the skin, your liver, lymph, lungs, and kidneys are important organs for filtering your blood and getting rid of toxins. The food you eat, the supplements you take if you have a less than perfect diet, and the exercise you give you body impact how well these organs can do their job.When you exercise, it's important to sweat. #MovementMatters Click To Tweet
Movement Matters for Good Digestion
Every year after Thanksgiving dinner my parents would suggest a walk. After all that eating, they said, the walk would do “do us good.”
They were right.
Exercise, even moderate walking (or waddling as we tended to do after that meal!) helps stimulate the digestive system and move things on through. Having enough fiber in your diet, of course, is also helpful in keeping your digestive track moving.
Add in a short walk after meals, and that may just be enough to help your digestion along. Your dog will appreciate it too. No dog? Pretend, and enjoy the benefits your waistline may notice! If this does not help or you are not very regular (2 times a day, or more, is ideal) then you may find that a gentle colon cleanse can start you in the right direction. Probiotics are another help in keeping your digestive system happy. Many people eat yogurt for this reason, or there are quality probiotic supplements available as well.Exercise, even moderate walking, helps stimulate the digestive system. #MovementMatters Click To Tweet
Movement Matters for a Happy Healthy Brain
Pretty much anything good for the body is good for the brain. Just as exercise brings more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, so it does for your brain.
Studies have shown that just 20 minutes of exercise can
~Helps you De-Stress
Exercise in the morning is especially helpful as it spikes all this goodness right in the beginning of your day.Exercise in the morning is especially helpful to a happy brain all day. #MovementMatters Click To Tweet
Movement Matters to Increase Sex Drive
Good News: This effect of exercise is not limited to people already in “perfect shape.” In light of many of the above points with regard to healthy skin and happier brains, this increased sex drive may seem a logical extension, but there have been many studies to support this point.
From How Working Out Can Improve Your Sex Life “A 2008 study conducted at Florida Atlantic University found that men and women who exercised frequently were more likely to rate themselves higher in regards to sexual performance and sexual desirability. However, these researchers found that the improvements in sexual health varied between the two sexes. Physical activity was shown to prime a woman’s body for sexual activity by making her more sensitive to touch and increasing the efficacy of stimuli, while men experience improved sexual function and better orgasms.”
Best exercise for improved sexual function include pushups, abs and deadlifts. However, anything is better than nothing. Read the details in Exercises for Better Sex. Then get out, move around, breathe deeply, get stronger, sweat, feel happier, and feel that body buzz and see if you feel sexier too!Want another reason why #MovementMatters? Improved Sex Drive. 🙂 Click To Tweet 7 Surprising Ways #MovementMatters Click To Tweet