In January of each year people try out exercise as a resolution. Most don’t go far with it. Apparently the reason for exercise is that it makes your body stronger, more flexible, and it causes important systems to function better. I wonder if it is really true.
I asked a physiotherapist why exercise is good for us and how it works to achieve that goal. The answer was interesting. “Exercise tones our bodies and we become stronger by challenging the various systems. Cardio for example, challenges our heart, our lungs and out circulation systems. It challenges our systems that govern heat management and it produces chemicals that are valuable for us. Anaerobic exercise makes muscles stronger.”
Interesting. We become stronger and healthier by challenging our bodies.
But, how far does that go?
Presumably eating fatty foods and drinking alcohol challenges our body too. Why then is that not a good thing while other challenges are helpful? If challenges make your body stronger then maybe we should be presenting more of them. Smoking for instance. Maybe exposing ourselves to people who have the flu. How about more stress at work.
I have always wondered why green vegetables are good and green meat is bad. Perhaps both are good but in different ways.
There seems to be a problem with allergies in children who have not been exposed to enough bad stuff. Maybe that is true in adults too. Who really knows what causes or prevents disease?
I wonder if it would be possible to endure New Year’s resolutions that involved eating marbled steaks more often, drinking more wine, eating fast food for lunch every day and enjoying chocolate at every opportunity. I am willing to believe that these resolutions would not go by the wayside before the 15th of January as do the more conventional challenges.
Possibly the idea of challenging your body is just marketing hype.
Don Shaughnessy is a retired partner in an international accounting firm and is presently with The Protectors Group, a large personal insurance, employee benefits and investment agency in Peterborough Ontario.
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