Is Your Exercise Making You Healthier?
People exercise for many different reasons, but is their exercise routine making them healthier?
Definitions of Health, Fitness & Exercise taken from the book “Body By Science” By John Little & Dr. Doug McGuff
- Health: A physiological state in which there is an absence of disease, in order to maintain the body’s ability to sustain a balance (homeostasis).
- Fitness: The bodily state of being physiologically capable of handling challenges that exist above a resting threshold of activity.
- Exercise: Purposefully directed activity that stimulates the body to produce a positive adaptation in one’s level of fitness and health and does not undermine the latter to enhance the former.
When one is deciding on an exercise routine they must consider the benefits, such as increased strength and cardiovascular efficiency along with the risks. Too much of a good thing isn’t always good. Too many repetitive movements may cause overuse injuries such as wear and tear on the ligaments and joints. Exercise should prevent injuries not cause them.