EXERCISE AND BODY THERAPIES 101
Key Verse: (1 Timothy 4:8) “Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”
Next to diet, exercise is the most important factor for achieving and maintaining optimum physical health. It provides health benefits for people of all ages and can also prolong life. A Finnish study of nearly 8,000 men and women, for instance, found that those who did not exercise increased their risk of dying by 400% compared to individuals in the high-activity group.
Benefits of Regular Exercise
While nutrition provides a solid foundation for good health, exercise is essential to everyone to maintain body weight, stimulate circulation and keep muscles toned. Regular physical activity is one of the simplest, least expensive and most rewarding ways to maintain a healthy body. A brisk walk brightens your mood and clears your mind. The increase in oxygen alleviates fatigue better than a cup of coffee. Regular exercise improves performance of your heart and lungs and keeps your body looking young. Heart disease, constipation, diabetes and arthritis are only a few of the ailments that can be alleviated and/or avoided with adequate physical activity.
Regular exercise, combined with good nutrition, is the best way to maintain a healthy weight. Its calming influence reduces blood pressure, and helps stomach problems by relieving nervous tension, stress, and anxiety. Tense muscles are relaxed and flexibility is improved. By stimulating blood circulation, exercise improves concentration, memory and sleep quality.
As well as improving existing conditions, exercise also prevents illness from developing. Perspiration rids the body of toxins, making it stronger and more resistant to disease. Best of all, an energetic person will feel more alert and develop a more positive attitude.