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Today we see exercise all over the place. From group fitness classes to extreme racing. It seems that the work out bug is one that is turning into an epidemic. Or is it? With rising rates of obesity and the increase in rates of diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis it is clear that physical activity is still lacking. Our bodies react to stress. This is how we adapt. It is referred to as the S.A.I.D. principle. Specific adaptations to imposed demands. With the majority of today’s populace living sedentary lifestyles it is no wonder why our bodies will start to deteriorate. Individuals commonly sit at work all day and seldom get up. Then to just go home and “relax” sitting down again. Then go to sleep and repeat the cycle the next day. Accompany this with poor eating habits and the problem to the above-mentioned issues is clear. We do not stress our bodies. Exercise does this and does this very well. Then why don’t we do it? Well that is something that I cannot explain easily but can give you insight as to why we should.

Lets start with the muscles. By providing stimulus to the muscles and giving them resistance we start a chain reaction that happens on the cellular level. The muscles start to have increased cell division and the increase of cell metabolism. As well as the storage of energy thus getting stronger and thicker.

Moving onto bones. Bones are the framework to our bodies and in age this starts to deteriorate. By providing weight training and stimulus to the bones, bone density increases. The body realizes the need for increased bone thickness and solidifies our foundation.

Now our heart and vascular system. By increasing our heart rate with exercise not only do we increase weight loss but we also do many other things that we can’t see. By requiring our body to need oxygen the body then starts vascular neogenesis. The formation of new blood vessels. As well as increasing the body’s oxygen efficiency. But the reason that every one looks for is weight loss. Exercise decreases the body’s composition of fat and increases lean muscle tissue. Getting the toned look everyone seeks. This is done by burning calories and increasing the body’s resting metabolic rate.

Exercise is a very general term and lots of people associate it with being tedious and hard. I want to break this myth. Exercise is any activity that will stress the body and make the body adapt. Anything from hiking, walking and running. To group fitness, weight training, and circuit training. There are many forms of physical activity and its up to you to find what works best.