Physical Exercise & Fitness
Evolution & Importance of Every Day Activity for Physical & Mental Health. Fun Tips, Body / Mind, Modern Life


Introduction

Ideas to consider:

We evolved as hunter gatherers - walking and physical exercise would be an integral part of everyday life. In many western countries, we now live more sedentary lives. Driving to work, sitting at a desk or computer, watching tv at night etc. This lack of daily physical exercise must contribute to many malaises of modern society - obesity, depression, preventable disease and health problems.

Make exercise worthwhile and fun - e.g. grow your own vegetable garden, play sport with your kids, go fishing and catch dinner.

Importance of Sport - stirs up all sorts of tribal behaviour, competition and instincts. Self esteem, feel good factor. Addicted to good things - yoga, surfing!

Rather than start a fad diet or taking up a new sport, make healthy living a lifestyle! Avoid extremes, path of every day moderation.

Benefits of exercise outside rather than gym - sunshine, fresh air!


Exercise & Evolution

'As a species human work (exercise) capabilities and limitations are a result of our species specific anatomical and physiological characteristics, which are in turn defined by our genetic constitution. Similar to all other organisms, the human genome was shaped by environmental selective pressures over eons of evolutionary experience.

..Examination of both the hominid fossil record and structural and functional differences between modern humans and primates provides insight into the evolutionary changes which occurred in human anatomy and physiology which directly influenced the exercise capabilities of contemporary men and women.

Further, by studying modern hunter gatherer societies, it is possible to not only develop models of optimal exercise patterns for fitness, but to evaluate how the discordance between the activity patterns of modern sedentary societies and hunter gatherer societies is implicated in a wide variety of chronic degenerative diseases which plague contemporary humans.'

http://www.thepaleodiet.com/articles/Exercise%20&%20Evolution.pdf


Every Day Exercise

'We all know regular exercise is a must for good health. The National Institute of Medicine recommends at least 30 minutes to an hour of daily exercise, including swimming, brisk walking, and bicycling.

These 10 tips can help you work in a workout almost anytime and anyplace, either for free or dirt cheap, so the whole world is your health club.

1. Don't neglect that old standby, walking.
2. Housework counts!
3. Climb stairs.
4. Find some hills near home or work, and power up them.
5. Get out of the house, and go bowling! go to the park etc.
6. Stretch out.
7. If you're the outdoorsy type, go for a bike ride.
8. Get in the garden, and weed, weed, weed.
9. Pick up a jump rope or a slideboard.
10. Be a pal (volunteer to help a friend move house etc.)'

http://www.ahealthyme.com/topic/everydayex


ABC of Sports Medicine: Benefits of exercise in health and disease

'The claim that individual participation in adequate amounts of regular physical activity can improve health and prevent disease is fully justified. The scientific evidence is based on many studies - epidemiological, clinical, and physiological. A working party of the Royal College of Physicians, convened in 1989, examined this evidence, recognised its importance, and based a series of recommendations on it.

Coronary heart disease and stroke are identified as key priorities in the white paper, Health of the Nation. In these two conditions individual risk is dramatically reduced by a change in lifestyle and an increase in physical activity. Other important benefits fall into four categories: enhancing function, maintaining reserve capacities, preventing disease, and ameliorating the effects of age and chronic disease.'

ABC of Sports Medicine: Benefits of exercise in health and disease
Fentem BMJ.1994; 308: 1291-1295
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/308/6939/1291


Tai Chi Chuan: Gentle, Beneficial Exercise

Tai chi chuan (TCC) is a Chinese conditioning exercise and is well known for its slow and graceful movements. Recent investigations have found that TCC is beneficial to cardiorespiratory function, strength, balance, flexibility, microcirculation and psychological profile. The long-term practice of TCC can attenuate the age decline in physical function, and consequently it is a suitable exercise for the middle-aged and elderly individuals. TCC can be prescribed as an alternative exercise programme for selected patients with cardiovascular, orthopaedic, or neurological diseases, and can reduce the risk of falls in elderly individuals. The exercise intensity of TCC depends on training style, posture and duration. Participants can choose to perform a complete set of TCC or selected movements according to their needs.

By Lan, Ching; Lai, Jin-Shin; Chen, Ssu-Yuan
Sports Medicine:Volume 32(4)2002pp 217-224
http://www.sportsmedicine.adisonline.com/pt/re/spo/abstract.00007256-200232040
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