Exercise: A Cure For Many Problems
Posted by Nancy on September 19, 2013
Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. It helps to keep your weight in check by burning excess calories, it builds and tones muscles and it improves overall fitness. What many people do not realize is that exercise also is a cure for many other problems that plague us. For instance, if you are one of the millions of people who experience daytime sleepiness (often even after having a good night’s sleep), exercise may be just the thing you need to get back on track. Studies have found that those who get a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity per week are much less likely to feel lethargic and sleepy during the day. These studies also found that those who exercised generally fell asleep quicker and woke up fewer times during the night than their non-exercising counterparts. You do not have to enlist in a gung-ho workout to accomplish your 150 minutes either. Try taking a brisk walk or a invigorating bicycle ride to meet your time quota. You will be able to enjoy the out of doors at the same time you are getting your workout in. Keep in mind that it works best if you get in your physical activity at least three hours before bedtime so that your body is not too stimulated to get to sleep.
Another condition that afflicts a good share of us is lower back pain. As we age the supporting muscles that surround our spines become less resilient and we feel pain as a result. Many exercise scientists have discovered that strength training can work wonders for this affliction. Doing exercises that strengthen the abdominal, lower back and oblique muscles have shown to reduce pain by taking pressure off of the spine.
If food cravings are becoming a daily part of your life (especially those dreaded late afternoon visitors), you may want to feed them with something other than food. It has been proven time and again that exercise satisfies that urge to fill your tummy between meals by elevating the levels of dopamine in your system. Dopamine is a chemical transmitter that helps with the transmission of signals in our brain. When it is calling it can be satisfied in one of two ways, either with food or with exercise. Typically, exercise delivers a better long-term result.
Certainly there are conditions which require medication but if you can effectively address the problems you are experiencing with exercise that is definitely the way to go.