When we think of exercise, most of us picture something we do to keep ourselves looking good. Or, we may consider it in competitive terms: how many miles we can run, pounds we can press or metres we can jump. But how often do we acknowledge how much movement itself impacts every aspect of our well-being? Read on to find out what parts of your body actually need
exercise to function - and what you can do to improve your overall health now:
YOUR LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
A fascinating system of tissues, organs, nodes and vessels, your lymphatic system is designed to rid the body of toxins and waste and acts as a main defence against viruses, bacteria and fungal infections. Lymph - a fluid rich with powerful white blood cells essential for the immune system - is transported by vessels to hundreds of nodes throughout the body, including your neck, groin and breasts.
Interestingly, your lymphatic system does not benefit from a "pumping" organ like the heart to move fluid around the body, making movement and exercise critical in assisting its function (not to mention, success). As such, a highly sedentary lifestyle involving little or no physical movement or activity can decrease your flow of lymph by a frightening 90 percent (or more).
YOUR BOWELS (YUP, IT’S TRUE)
Your small and large intestines are designed to digest food, absorb nutrients and expel what your body doesn’t need. Through a process called peristalsis, small balls of food are pushed through both intestines in a series of waves propelled by regular contractions. In addition to proper hydration, this process is stimulated - in a big way - by movement. In fact, consistent exercise has been shown to increase upper gastric motility, leading to more-regular bowel movements and a significant decrease in colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.
YOUR SKELETAL SYSTEM
Your precious skeletal system is the very foundation of your body. Made up of bones and connective tissue, it supports and protects your internal organs against injury like a well-meaning shield. Because bones have almost no blood supply, your joints produce something called synovial fluid to lubricate and help them stay strong and healthy.
Without regular exercise, bones tend to become fragile, while the joints between them stiffen from a lack of synovial fluid. That's why physical activity makes up the first line of defence when it comes to increasing the production of this magical fluid, keeping your joints nubile, decreasing your risk of injury and upping your overall range of motion.
HEALTHY TIPS FOR A HEALTHY BODY
Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins E, K and C
all have beneficial impacts on your circulation. Products like Metagenics Omegagenics EPA 500
provide an excellent source of omega-3s for proper brain function and a healthy cognitive system (necessary for memory, judgement, and other mental processes).
Even mild dehydration can impair circulation and cause constipation. Try Precision Hydration H2PRO to provide electrolyte and fluid replacement after an intense workout or participating in high-performance endurance sports.
Adding a daily fibre supplement like Metagenics Metafiber to your routine helps promote regular bowel movements and keeps your intestinal system moving, reducing your risk of all sorts of colon-related diseases and promoting healthy elimination behaviour in sluggish digestive systems.
Calcium and magnesium are the most important minerals for a healthy, strong skeletal system. Adding a supplement like Metagenics CalApatite Bone Builder will go a long way toward nourishing your bones.
MOVE YOUR BODY!
Remember, it’s not so much the type of exercise you do, but movement itself that helps to regulate your system. However, if you're looking for a real whole-body workout, yoga is hard to beat. Try our line of yoga accessories, including the Half-moon Yoga Chip Foam Block, to get your routine started.
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