Exercise Makes You High on Life

Daily vigorous exercise really creates a positive attitude in your life! When you elevate your heart rate and get a good cardiovascular workout on a regular basis, not only are you optimizing your heart muscle, but you are also releasing endorphins and adrenaline into your body, and you feel great. Exercising enhances your blood circulation throughout your body, delivering nutrients, through red blood cells, and immune boosting properties, through white blood cells, to the vital organs in your body. Low impact exercises, such as running on a treadmill, bicycling, swimming, weight training or a variety of other workouts, will strengthen your muscles and assist with the strength needed for everyday life. Many studies indicate, however, that high impact exercises, like long distance running on hard surfaces, create long term bone, joint and cartilage damage. Naturally, any new exercise routine needs to be professionally managed, so that you gradually train your body to accept the (healthy) stress. For instance, stretching before and after a workout is very important. In addition, nutrition supplementation related to your body’s increased needs, may be beneficial. Check with your naturopath for guidance in this area.

Sudden exercise and overworking your body can lead to many difficulties and problems, so don‘t over do it! If you do not exercise regularly and you suspect that you may have certain heart related health issues, an exercise stress test is a tool that a professional may use to assess your heart health. It indicates if there is reduced blood flow in the arteries supplying the heart, a potential sign of blockage. During exercise, your healthy coronary arteries will dilate more than those with a blockage. Narrowed arteries will provide less blood (and less oxygen) to certain areas of the heart. This lack of oxygen can cause chest pain or shortness of breath. An EKG done during the stress test may show abnormalities that help the professional determine if there is a problem. Approximately two thirds of those with coronary artery disease can be alerted to an issue through this stress test.

It is important to work with a professional trainer to design an exercise routine to insure that you do not injure yourself; to help as a motivational tool; to efficiently work only the muscles you want to build for a particular purpose; to balance the production of lactate acid in your body (which naturally occur through anaerobic metabolism), making the difference between really aching after a workout and not!

Locally, there are several excellent weight and exercise trainers that may design and supervise the right exercise routine for you. See links on this website for more information.