An artist was showing her artwork in a gallery. A random viewer passed by and delighted to what was seeing started a conversation with her. As an ultimate question of inherent inspiration to achieve such excellence, asked “- When did you start learning such a fine ability to paint?”. To what kindly the artist replied “- Actually I started like everyone else, as a child, but I never stopped.”
To such an answer the viewer realized that creativity was born within him as an expression to understand and learn, a natural process. He realized that the question was when did he stop doing rather than when to start (for which is never to late).
THE EXERCISE PARADOX: HEALTH
This post aims to bring up a reflexion which concerns indidividual behaviors, your social environment and everyone decisions willingly or unwillingly taken. Paradoxes regretfully are part of our existance. A paradox is defined as a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true. Reality is, we either do not know what it means or we ignore what is it know.
If we grow up moving, playing and learning when do we cross the line that makes us stop? What does happen in our heedless lifes that leads to sedentary behaviors omiting part of enojying and developing the default programmed code. Obviously, exercise and strength and conditioning are not only for competitive athletes if we are made and born to move.
EXERCISE AND HEALTH RELATED FITNESS
Busy life. No time. Work duties. Stress. Disease. Disfunction. Just to mention a few of modern life conceptions and realities that led science to find out not only the right but the minimum dose of exercise stimulus which can provide the benefits for normal function, health and life quality. A practical approach to answer questions and cover the basic needs of wellbeing. This is one application for health related fitness programs which will guide you to succesfully meet the requirements for the minimum time/maximal health benefits ratio, while keeping a busy schedule lifestyle. Body works in a general 12 biologic system category: skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The interelation those delves deeper in biomedical research and the balance for normal function between all of them is mandatory for what is know as health. Worth to mention that these category classifications respond to paradigm for comprehrension and understanding, but systems work and blend in a whole one.
HEALTH FITNESS PROGRAM OUTCOMES
Exercise has the potential to trigger pathways to reconnect and optimize function through muscle-skeletal system. We are adaptable organisms. Scenarios change and needs arise and therefore exercise is a dynamic eustress (also called good stress) stimuli. We previosuly mentioned that Exercise and Strength & Conditioning programs are set to serve a purpouse. Individual or group needs and scenarios might differ and therfore that sets different goals and purposes for everybody, eitherway health is a dynamic longevity state of balance which requires to be maintained. What are the outcomes for health fitness program? Here we mention a few:
1. Vitality: The feeling of aliveness. In the physical sense, it refers to being healthy, capable and energetic.
2. Stress Relief: Physical activity acts as stress reliever, delivering feel-good endorphins and other natural neural chemicals that enhance your sense of well-being.
3. Built Muscle: Muscle contractability is an essential factor for movement. Mucle tissue acts as an organ, modulating and triggering among many others, hormones, cardiovascular system workload and metabolism pathways.
4. Fat loss: Body composition and certain tissue abundance can lead to imbalances in metabolism and health. Exercise and physical activity regulates metabolism which leads to modify body composition.
5. Pain relief: Proper connection and muscle function enables effiecent biomechanics maintaining body structure integrity which reduce to less weaknesses and stress points.
6. Body function: Mobility and functionality are life fundamentals which favor longevity. Function is required to atain and mantain well being and autonomy physically and mentally.
7. Health: Is the physiological state caractherized by the abscence of disease and injury maintining a biologic balance.
WHAT TO DO TO IMPORVE MY HEALTH
Diferent health and pro-exercise organizations and entities recognized internationally as World Health Organization (WHO) and the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) among many others, probably your own healt department of your government body, have consistenly been working on propagating and makeing accessible useful information to the public about exercise and physical activity. If you do not know how to get started a good way to move forward is to contact a qualifed Exercise Science professional for guideance. Here we mention few targets to health related fitness to aim in your lifestyle:
+ Do at least 150 – 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activities or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activities per week.
+ Do strength training for major muscle groups 2 – 3 non consecutive days per week.
+ Stay active and deliverately move (Active commutes, use stairs,…)
From a physiological perspective exercise minimums have to be properly dosed in time and intensity to trigger cellular function thresholds and work to its benefits. Once achieved fitness adaptations take place over time.
Exercise is a powerful tool. It is able to modulate uncountable metabolic and biologic process slowly guiding and re-programming them to achieve certain goals. Exercise can be used as an effective treatment to achieve or maintain health with and without clinical pathologies. ATHL.Exercise Health PREMIUM plans are specifically designed to evaluate and work with clinical settings providing accurate, targeted and progressive exercise prescritpion solutions. Clinical approaches and the use of exercise prescrition have to be properly assessed for successful benefits.
Long story short, what is worth to know is that health is possible through movement because, exercise is medicine.
Do you wanna learn more about Strength & Conditioning in different applications and how a program might fit your needs? Find our more about ATHL.Exercise and ATHL.Core framework goals in our blog, here:
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Why metabolism is vital?
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About the author:
Albert Piñol – Master of Physical Activity and Sports Science, MSc in Exercise Physiology, DHE Snowboard trainer, DH Mountain guide & Mountainbike and MAT certified. Snowboarder, exercise science and adventure sports enthusiast. IG: @albert_pinol