How Physical Activity Creates Energy
Written by: Kirsten Cowart
For almost my entire life, I have been told about the importance of exercise. Perhaps you have been told this too. Sitting on the couch is bad, sitting at a desk is bad, pretty much sitting, in general, is bad. So why do we do it?
Well, if you are anything like me, then you are often sitting because you feel tired. You are out of energy, but not so tired that you are in bed asleep. Instead, you are either just lounging or working.
Many people work at jobs where they sit down either at computers of in some form of a desk. Either that, or after spending a day at work, their mind is tired, so they are watching a movie or playing a game.
Whether this describes your life or someone you know, you may be feeling like you don’t have enough energy to even exercise. What is even more crazy is when your friends – that regularly run or go to the gym – seem to always have more than their fair share of energy. They are happy and excited about life. How can that possible be?
Here is where the most paradoxical rules of life start to take over and the answer to your problem is contained in its opposite.
In order to have energy, you need to get moving. You need to use energy to create energy.
Now, I know what your logical brain is probably doing right now. You accidentally think of your body like you do cars; once your car is out of gas, driving it doesn’t magically put more gas in the tank. Human bodies aren’t like cars, though. Like I said, they are quite the opposite.
Get Your Body Moving
Many of us actually have tanks upon tanks of tiny hidden fuel reserves that our mind has actually forgotten about. However, in order to find these hidden fuel reserves (fat cells), you have to physically start moving. This movement will send your body on a scavenger hunt and will quickly find the hidden reserves.
Magic Then Starts To Happen
Well, actually, it’s not magic, its physiology. Once your blood starts pumping and your muscles warm up, your body will burn off all of the quick and easy sugar it can find floating around from any recent meals. This sugar will become wood to a fire, keeping your body moving.
After only a couple of minutes, your brain will start releasing chemicals and your muscles will warm up, making it suddenly much easier to get through your workout.
Weight Loss Will Become A Side Effect
After your body burns up the sugar, it will start looking for other hidden reserves, such as those your body has put away in the form of body fat. If you are looking to lose weight, that is fine, it will happen over time as your body is consistent in its new activity levels. Honestly though, that isn’t the focus here, just a nice side effect.
Muscle Strength And Flexibility Will Increase
As you exercise consistently, your muscle strength and flexibility will increase, which will give you more energy for all areas of your life.
Why Your Body Will Demand That You Be Consistent
If you make a ritual of yoga, exercising or some other form of physical activity, your body will do something that you wouldn’t expect. It will start to depend upon that exertion of energy, your physical activity, to get going each day.
There are a couple of reasons why this is happening. One is that your body starts to get used to being warmed up, like stoking a fire and that exertion of energy revs up your body’s various functions. Suddenly you will notice that you can’t think very well on the days you forget to exercise as if you need the physical exertion to jumpstart your mind, balance your emotions and keep you going.
The other reason for your bodies need to be consistent is chemical.
Brain Chemistry Boost
Exercise can help you maintain a healthy state of mind, reduce depression and increase happiness. It does this by releasing serotonin, which affects your mood and endorphins, which add to a general state of well-being while blocking out any pain.
If you exercise regularly, it is likely to feel a bit addicting, because of the natural high that your body and mind are getting. This is another reason how adding motion to your life will keep your body going.
In the end, exercising regularly is like rolling a snowball downhill. As it rolls, it will gather more and more snow, adding more momentum to the whole. Having energy will become part of your life and it will be easier to make exercise a regular part of your journey.
Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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