Sitting is the new smoking. There are more jobs behind computers and at desks than ever before. When you lack consistent movement, your body begins to experience health problems. Many people cope with this through exercise. Exercise is a great way to incorporate movement and relieve stress physically, chemically, and emotionally. However, there are many opinions and trends that can lead to more harm than health when dealing with exercise. Without knowing this important information, people may experience a plateau or weight gain while exercising regularly. As good as exercise can be for the body, it can be equally as harmful.
- Dehydrated spinal discs: Essentially the cushioning between the vertebrae of your spine starts to dry, leading shrinkage. This causes more friction between the bones of the vertebrae.
- Bone Spurs: The deterioration of the discs and cartilage can cause your spine to create more bone in an effort to strengthen the spine, resulting in bony protrusions, or bone spurs, along the bones of the neck. These can pinch into your spinal cord.
- Stiff Ligaments: The cords of connective tissue between your bones are known as ligaments. These can stiffen with age, which means that you become less flexible.
- Herniated Discs: This happens when the external portion of your spinal discs crack, resulting in bulging, or herniated, discs, which can then place pressure on your spinal cord and nerves. Usually herniated disc treatment is needed to relieve pain
Top Reasons to Avoid Exercising
Because there are so many stressors in the world we live in today, exercise is causing more health problems than good. Women, specifically, should be managing their workouts with their menstruation. The week prior to menstruation and the week after menstruation are great times to exercise. Outside of those two weeks, your body is already at a high-stress state so focusing on exercises like walking or light yoga will be beneficial to the body. If you experience thyroid issues or adrenal fatigue, your body is not equipped to handle added stress such as exercise. Pregnant women or breastfeeding women are also in a high-stress state due to the body providing for a child. It is important to allow your body to function at its optimal ability without overworking it. The moment your body experiences an overdrive of stress, your body stays in a stress state causing a ripple effect of health issues.
Top Five Tips When You Eliminate Exercising
1. Get Tested
There are multiple tests you can take in order to find the root cause of being unable to workout. It could be caused by hormones, parasites, bacterias, and more. Taking a hormone test or stool test to decide which health issue is causing stress to your body will save time and energy for healing your body. Consult your doctor to find out which test is best for you rather than guessing.
2. Listen to Your Body
Understand what your body is telling you. If you feel the need to rest, your body likely needs it. If you have no taken any tests, the best way to help your body heal is by respecting your symptoms. Symptoms are your body’s way of expressing health. Do not push your body further than it can go.
Although high-intensity workouts may be harming your body, that does not mean to stop moving. Making sure you are incorporating movement throughout your day will allow assisting in spinal health which affects 90% of your brain stimulation. Light yoga, walking, and stretching are great movements.
Sleep is a necessary priority when it comes to health issues. The average woman needs 8-10 hours of sleep while the average man needs 7-9 hours. In order for your body to heal properly, you should be getting enough sleep. Making sure you are asleep before 10 pm will also assist in balancing your hormones.
5. Liquid Herbs
A more practical approach to healing your body is using liquid herbs. It is important to know the source they came from is entirely organic. Herbs like ashwagandha and astragalus assist the body to come back to homeostasis, or a balanced state. Discuss using liquid herbs with your wellness doctor to find out which one will be best for you.
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