An artist was showing her artwork in a gallery. A random viewer passed by and delighted to what was seeing asked by such inspiration excellence: “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

Paradoxes regretfully are part of our existence. 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 this means or we ignore what we 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 life’s that leads to sedentary behaviours omitting part of enjoying and developing the default programmed code. Obviously, exercise is not only for competitive athletes if we are made and born to move.

Exercise and health-fitness

Busy life. No time. Work duties. Stress. Disease. Dysfunction. 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 to provide benefits for normal function and health. A practical approach to answer questions and cover the basic needs of well being. This is one application for health related fitness programs which will guide you to successfully meet the requirements for the minimum time/maximal health benefits ratio.
Our bodies works in a network of 12 biologic systems: skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. The interrelation of those systems delves deeper in biomedical research and the balance for normal function between all of them is mandatory for what is know as health. A health-fitness program has a particular scope for well being within the overall fitness spectrum of BALANCE, STRENGTH, METABOLISM, ENDURANCE and RECOVERY.

What outcomes do you aim for?

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. Exercise and Strength & Conditioning programs are set to serve a purpose. Individuals or group needs might differ and therefore that sets different goals and purposes for everybody, either way health is a dynamic longevity state of balance which requires to be maintained. Here are the 7 outcomes to look for in a health-fitness program:

Health fitness benefits

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 contractility is an essential factor for movement. Muscle 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 efficient biomechanics maintaining body structure integrity which reduce to less weaknesses and stress points.
6. Body function: Mobility and functionality are life fundamentals which favour longevity. Function is required to attain and maintain well being and autonomy physically and mentally.
7. Health: Is the physiological state characterized by the absence of disease and injury maintaining a biologic balance.

Different health and pro-exercise organizations, governamental bodies and entities recognized internationally as World Health Organization (WHO) and the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) among many others have consistently been working on propagating and making accessible useful information to the public about exercise and physical activity. 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 deliberately 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 and adaptations over time. If you do not know how to get started a good way to move forward is to contact a qualified Exercise Science professional.
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 pathology. ATHL Exercise Health PREMIUM plans are specifically designed to evaluate and work with clinical settings providing accurate, targeted and progressive exercise prescription solutions. Clinical approaches and the use of exercise prescription have to be properly assessed for successful benefits.

Long story short, what is worth to know is that health is movement and exercise is medicine.

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