Lazy Americans Suffer: Diseases From Inactivity & Importance Of Exercise!

In the article below I will discuss a few diseases that many Americans suffer from and how consistent exercise can help improve their situations. Learn more.

Article Summary:
  • The leading cause of death in the US is heart disease.
  • When first starting out, it is advised that you take it slow.
  • Those who are obese find their life expectancy to be lowered.
  • You have probably read countless articles on the internet about how exercise can sculpt your body into the perfect master piece with "ripped abs", "huge guns", "awesome wheels", "cannonball delts", etc.

    I love these articles packed with new workout routines that will help me on my bodybuilding journey. But what if you are not a competitive bodybuilder or sports athlete? Is exercise really going to help you? Most Americans get to a certain age and don't want to go to the gym because they don't see the point if they are not competing in some physical activity.

    So how could you persuade your parent or grandparent that it is time to hit the gym? Try this: "Going to the gym could save your life". Well it is not as cut and dry as the statement might sound but consistent exercise has shown to improve ones health in many areas.

    Consistent Exercise Has Shown To Improve Ones Health In Many Areas.
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    Consistent Exercise Has Shown To
    Improve Ones Health In Many Areas.

    In the article below I will discuss a few diseases that many Americans suffer from and how consistent exercise can help improve there situation and actually in some cases prevent the disease all together.

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      According to the American Heart Association the leading cause of death in the US is heart disease and the main cause of the disease is physical inactivity. The two main factors in these cases are coronary artery flexibility and cholesterol levels.

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      Coronary artery flexibility refers to the ability of the arteries that deliver blood to the heart to be able to expand in diameter when physical stress is placed on the body. When a person is in better shape (from working out) these arteries are more flexible because of the constant expanding and contracting of the arteries during their workouts. This makes it easier on the heart to pump blood.

      If a person doesn't exercise their arteries get stiff and when physical stress is placed on the body this person is more apt to experience high levels of blood pressure, because the heart has to use more force to pump blood through smaller arteries.

    Exercise Makes It Easier On The Heart To Pump Blood.
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    Exercise Makes It Easier
    On The Heart To Pump Blood.

      Most people that have took some time to read an article or 2 on the internet already know all cholesterol is not created equal. Some forms are good for the body (HDL) and others are bad (LDL). But what most of you don't know is that simply exercising can improve your levels of HDL and decrease your levels of LDL. Improving in this ratio goes a long way in fighting this deadly disease.

    dot Obesity: dot

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      To lower one's overall weight and body fat one needs to expend more calories than one takes in. Any easy way to do this is to clean up your diet. Getting rid of the junk food and replacing it with quality lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. Working out will help your body burn some extra calories and melt away some of that harmful body fat.

    dot Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes (Type II Diabetes): dot

      An Individual who suffers from type II diabetes has difficulty regulating glucose levels. At this point they are not dependent on using insulin to regulate their glucose levels but need to watch there diet to me sure that their levels stay constant.

      Exercise has been shown to help regulate these levels of glucose and make the body more efficient at using all its nutrients from the food that one takes in.

    Glucose:
    Glucose (Glc), a monosaccharide, is a very important carbohydrate in biology. The living cell uses it as a source of energy and metabolic intermediate. Glucose is one of the main products of photosynthesis and starts cellular respiration in both prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) and eukaryotes (animals, plants, fungi, and protists).

      Obesity in a lot of cases causes type II diabetes, as stated above exercise helps in lowering your risk of obesity. So indirectly you can see how exercise can lower one's chances of developing this disease. If you do suffer from type II diabetes watching you diet is priority one, but adding a sound workout program will help in making your life a lot healthier.

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    What's Next?
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    "Ok you sold me, I know I need to get off my butt and start working out. What should I do?"

    This is where many Americans make the wrong choice; they decide it is time to get back into the gym after years of inactivity and go at it like they did back in high school. Hitting the weights hard and paying for it with soreness that would leave anyone in bed for a week. Well, after a couple of days of super sore workouts they quit and are back to square one.

    You Need To Take It Slow At First.
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    You Need To Take It Slow At First.

    I am going to break it down into 2 age groups, as I believe this article is geared to the above 30 year old lifter.

    dot Ages 30-45: dot

      If you are from the ages of 30-45, I would stick with mostly free weight exercises with occasional machine work. Workout out your whole body 3 times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

      Cardio should be done post-workout for 15 minutes and try to make it in on either Tuesday or Thursday for one 30-45 minute session of cardio.

    Stick With Mostly Free Weight Exercises.
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    Stick With Mostly Free Weight Exercises.

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      If you are above 45 years of age I would like for you to stick with machine in the beginning and build back some of that strength that you have lost from your lack of activity.

    Use Machines To Build Back The Strength You Lost From Your Lack Of Activity.
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    Use Machines To Build Back The Strength
    You Lost From Your Lack Of Activity.

      Once you have weight lifted for more then 6-8 weeks then start to add some more free weight exercises in your routine. Other than the weights you will be doing the same split as the younger guys above. Here is what a weight lifting workout would look like for the 45 plus group:

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    Conclusion
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    The point of these exercise programs is to get you active. Stimulate your muscle to a point where they will get stronger and you will feel better and healthier. Workouts should be enjoyable but tough. Remember life is what you make of it.

    If you put in the 1 hour workout 3 times a week and stay consistent with it you can not only get stronger and look better but it is proven that you will help your body live longer. So get off the couch and start working out. Good Luck!