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Why exercise? - Our bodies are essentially designed to cope with a certain level of physical activity. Until recent times, a fair amount of that physical activity formed part of our everyday lives. Fulfilling our basic needs for food and water and having to travel about or defend ourselves provided regular physical challenges.
In ancient times, not being able to walk or run meant that we would have either starved or were likely to have been killed by an enemy tribe or wild animals. Now that we live in an automated era, much of the physical activity necessary for everyday survival is already done for us and the nearest most of us get to being a hunter/gatherer is a trip to the local supermarket or a weekend's fishing!
So, in order to keep our bodies tuned and functioning efficiently we have to make a concerted effort to be active. With all the mental effort demanded of us in keeping our working, family or social lives together, that extra push we need to get us up off the sofa and out of the door to walk the dog is, for many of us, just too difficult to summon up.
Often, it's not until we find ourselves confronted with a major illness or find
ourselves confronted with a major illness or find ourselves averting our eyes
from the full-length mirror on the bathroom wall that many of us start to
seriously consider the state that our bodies are in and our level of fitness.
What exercise can do for you - regular exercise is important for
everyone. Yes, you have probably heard that a million times, but have you
thought what this actually means in terms of your own health?
As well as rehabilitate, exercise can contribute greatly to lessening the
risk or even help control of many illnesses.
Exercise for health - research into exercise continues in many major universities across the
world. We now know that a regular planned programme of exercise can help:
Exercise - Cleaning up your system.
Fortunately, our bodies have some marvellously efficient detoxification systems
that cope well with unwanted substances and the particular demands of our modem
lifestyles. Many poisons are broken down by the liver and rendered harmless
before being excreted by the kidneys. Carbon dioxide left over from the chemical
activities of cells is exhaled from the lungs into the atmosphere, later used by
plants and converted back into oxygen - all part of the delicate way in which
nature is balanced. Some wastes are sweated out through the skin, and of course
much unwanted debris is excreted via the bowels after the goodness has been
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