So, we all (or perhaps many of us) know that exercise is good for us right? Benefits of regular exercise are endless. And guess what, not getting enough exercise can cause endless problems too. Unfortunately, it’s not just weight gain, but it goes way beyond that.

If you’ve ever considered what actually happens to your body if it doesn’t get enough exercise, below is a list of reasons you should avoid inactivity at all costs. No one is immune!

#1 Energy Levels drop

In order for you to feel energetic, you need “mitochondria” which are energy producing structures that live in the cells of body tissues, organs and muscles. These amazing little structures need carbohydrates and oxygen to function properly. Since they are required for all bodily functions and movement, you definitely can’t live without them.

If/when your heart isn’t working at its full potential, i.e when you’re not exercising enough, mitochondria levels drop and your oxygen levels reduce due to this lack of exercise. This results in you feeling fatigue when energy production is slowed down and the body requires the same amount of energy to get work done.

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#2 Bone Issues

Apparently our bones love a workout almost as much as they love calcium. The lack of weight-bearing exercise causes bones to lose density and the ability to properly store calcium. Less calcium in your bones means more of a mineral build up in organs such as your kidneys, the cause of kidney stones.

If the period of inactivity is long enough, bones eventually start to weaken. This oftentimes results in osteoporosis, which leads to a much higher risk of painful bone fractures.

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#3 Muscle Problems

Just like bones, muscles benefit from a good workout. One of the first signs of being out of shape, due to inactivity, is loss of strength and muscle tone. When muscles are idle, blood flow slows down and the exchange of waste products and nutrients decreases. Less mitochondria results in lack of muscle coordination.

Without exercise, the “electrical” connection between your nerves and muscles is sporadic at best. How does this affect you? You’ll typically find it more difficult to move around with the agility that you once could. It could also mean decreased strength and an increased risk of muscle injury, because of shrinking muscle mass.

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#4 Heart-Related Difficulties

Whatever your age, it’s important to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Even though your heart muscle is different from your skeletal muscles, the same health-related principles apply. Without proper exercise, the heart muscle shrinks. This makes it difficult to adequately distribute blood throughout the body and causes the heart to work much harder to get the blood to where it actually needs to go, especially in your hands and feet.

Sluggish blood flow can lead to plaque formation in the blood vessels. This, in turn, sometimes causes high blood pressure, dizziness and circulation problems. All of these conditions are potentially dangerous if left untreated.

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#5 Weight gain

And of course weight gain is one of the common results of lack of exercise.

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As you can see, inactivity causes havoc and damages your body. This is especially true for individuals who already deal with chronic conditions, because it typically only makes things worse.

In many cases, periods of inactivity are inevitable. But, the sooner you can participate in even a light exercise regimen, the better off your mind and your body will be.

It’s important to remember that even a little bit of exercise is better than no exercise at all.

Hate exercise much? Has this post changed your mind? Would love to hear your experience/comments even if you love exercise. 

 

Check out my other posts to help with your exercise

Get into the habit of walking without hurting yourself

Top 7 Health benefits of regular walking

10 Easy Tips to Help You Lose Weight

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59 thoughts on “Work out much? 5 reasons you should stay active

  1. I just started a new job where I’m sitting at a desk for most of the day. I can already see this impacting my health in a negative way. I just need to be more conscious of moving throughout my day and scheduling in times to workout in my week.

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    • Congrats on the new job Divya! And yeah with an office job you’ve to be careful or you’ll move less and get used to it (lol) which won’t be good. I’ve had office jobs all my career life and the best way I’ve incorporated exercise is to have an exercise routine either first thing in the morning or after work AND going out for/around lunch (no matter what’s happening that day). If i didn’t, I got tired, lol.

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  2. Such valuable information in this post!
    I don’t exercise regularly like I should, so tend to feel fatigue in those days I don’t.
    Am trying to get back into it, just got back from a 5km walk actually 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Great article. It should be remembered, any exercise will do – hiking, sports, biking, walking stairs instead of elevators, martial arts, tai chi…in the U.K. they have started “walking football/soccer” for those who are older/have trouble moving to keep people active.

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  4. This is a great article. I am quite young around but the relax lifestyle has gotten my to be lazy. I really need to improve my fitness and exercise more. But I do walk long distances though!

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    • Sorry to hear that Lance. And yes it’s hard when you can’t control the situation coz of other factors like physical being. Just wondering if there’re other exercises you can do?. Totally understand it’s tough.

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    • Great Cristina! Morning workouts work wonders for me too – unfortunately i couldn’t work out first thing in the morning now as I have a little one and start my work very early while she’s asleep. But when I worked in the office, I was like you, start the day with a workout and be full of energy.

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