Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Why we all need exercise

THE human gene was designed to move. Originally we needed to hunt and gather. Now, we gather and

THE human gene was designed to move. Originally we needed to hunt and gather. Now, we gather and gorge.

Back in ancestral times around 10,000 BC if you didn’t move, you typically were food! Now we have cars, lifts, escalators that are all designed to make your journey to ‘the chair’ in your office or home quicker.

A recent study by the University of Missouri showed that once human genes stopped being active the rate of disease at a cellular level increased.

Your body starts to produce disease-promoting proteins that in turn increase the risk of auto immune disease, MS, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

If you’re new to exercise start gradual. Going straight into an intense exercise programme will not only leave you aching for a week, but could also cause injury.

Get a personal trainer, whether in a one-to-one or group setting.

Find someone you get along with and who motivates you to achieve what you want to do.

They carefully select exercises for you and make sure you won’t hurt yourself. Never be afraid to ask why you are doing a certain type of exercise, it’s important you educate yourself along the way.

Countless studies have proved that weight or resistance training is one of the best ways to build lean muscle. Alongside this is anaerobic work, which basically means performing with limited oxygen or none at all.

It’s during the post-workout period that the body burns more energy trying to repair itself, thus raising metabolism.

If you can’t get to the gym try standing up and down from the chair 20 times, pause and then go again after 10-20 seconds, climbing the stairs two at a time or some vigorous gardening.

Sprint training is also a great method for building lean tissue and losing fat.

Try and build up to a few sprints when you go for a walk, or split up into a walk, jog, and sprint for 30 seconds each.

Just remember to build gradually to keep technique and reduce risk of injury.

Health benefits include better mood, improved brain function, and increases cardiovascular capacity. There’s more to it than just looking a bit trimmer.

An important point to add is that the need to eat right becomes even more important.

Exercise produces free radicals in your cells, so you need to increase the amount of fruit, vegetables and protein before and after your activity to give you the right energy, and also to aid the body’s recovery process.

Unfortunately a frothy cappuccino after the morning boot camp will undo all the hard work you’ve just put in.

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