Exercise to Improve Your Health

September 10, 2020 - Business

Mankind evolved over millions of years to survive by walking or running to chase prey or gather food. It was often difficult to digest and was scarce. And yet in the space of a mere few hundred years we have become the masters of our environment, and food has become plentiful. In the modern world we are surrounded by machines and gadgets that allow us to avoid almost all physical effort. The food we can buy often contains large amounts of sugar and fat. Boredom, which might otherwise have motivated us to become active, is satisfied by television and λ¨ΉνŠ€ μ—†λŠ” video games and other sedentary activities.

But in the western world over-eating and lack of exercise is having a catastrophic effect on health. Not only do we put on weight, but our cardiovascular systems, evolved for regular use, lose their potency. Like any machinery left unused, the components begin to rust and seize up. The risk is that when they are needed they fail suddenly and catastrophically. We become vulnerable to heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. As our bodies lose their shape we lose self-esteem, exercise becomes more difficult, and we may be drawn into a downward spiral of poor health.

It can be difficult to begin exercise after a period of inactivity, or a lifetime. It is not just the muscles that need to develop. The entire metabolism adjusts with physical training, and you have to expect that initially it will be in a negative direction. The immediate effects of training are a decrease in fitness level

 

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