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Some people are born with naturally thin body structure and the metabolism of their body allows them to consume whatever they want and never gain weight. It might be tempting for these people to forego working out altogether. But exercise does a lot more than help us burn calories to lose weight. To be sincere, not getting enough exercise can have a negative impact on what’s going on in our body system and the future of our health.

Here’s what happens when you don’t exercise enough:

Poor diet

Many people who exercise regularly also eat very healthy diets. It may seem like this is due to a conscious choice to become healthier,  it as well turns out that people who are more active actually crave healthy food. Scientists call it the transfer effect, which is when a person starts to improve one area of life and that automatically triggers a desire to improve others.

The problem comes when someone falls off the wagon with their exercise routine since it doesn’t take their nutrition long to follow. Your body stops craving highly nutritious foods because it no longer needs the extra. Instead, nutritionally-poor foods like potato chips and chocolate cake become more enticing. And the moment you start consuming junk foods you start craving more junk which is a very bad idea.

Sleepless nights

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three American adults is not getting enough sleep, and a lack of exercise might be contributing factor in that shocking statistic. Regular exercise is known to increase the total sleep time and makes our body feel more alerted and well-rested throughout the day. But it’s important to note that while a single day of exercise does produce some small improvements to sleep compared to those who do not exercise, only those who take part in regular exercise are able to experience the difference in the quality of sleep.

Slowing down

If you don’t exercise regularly, you may find that when you climb a flight of stairs or carry a heavy bag of groceries for more than a few feet, you get out of breath.

The body has a greater efficiency for taking in and absorbing oxygen, even when your body is fatigued. Without regular exercise, your body is not as efficient at absorbing oxygen when it’s  under strain, which is why you may get light-headed and can’t catch your breath.

Research has shown that exercise helps increase a person’s Resting Metabolic Rate, or RMR, which is the rate at which your metabolism functions when you’re not exercising or otherwise. While RMR is affected by other factors as well, increase in RMR from regular exercise, but when you don’t get enough exercise, your under-used muscles gradually shrink your body fat percentage increases, further slowing your metabolism. By exercising regularly and as well increasing your RMR, you can turn out be very proactive about your metabolism rather than reactive in the years down the road.

Increased injuries

The more you use your body, the more accustomed it is to movement and the more it can deal with before it becomes fatigued so when you don’t exercise, your muscles become deconditioned. What this means is that when you’re sedentary, the result is a partial or complete reversal of any prior gains in strength, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility or mobility. One of the consequences of the loss of physical fitness is the lower back pain. So if you’re starting to notice a few more aches and a bit more stiffness when you wake up in the morning, it maybe time to use it or lose it

Mood swings

Another consequence of skipping the gym is that you may feel grumpier or sadder than usual because when it comes to your mood, exercise can play a big part.

Meanwhile, stress levels can also be affected by your daily routine because both inflammation and oxidative stress have been shown to be important in the development of psychological stress and anxiety. Regular exercise serves as an anti-inflammatory that can help reduce this kind of stress, which then reduces psychological stress.

Weakened Bones

While cardio-training is important for your head, it’s actually not the only type of exercise you should engage in. Resistance training like the lifting of weights or bodyweight exercise is likely to be of the most significant types of exercise for women in particular. As we age, our bones get weaker. This is mostly true of women who suffer from osteoporosis four times as likely as men.

By taking part in resistance training before menopause, a woman will increase the mass of her bone and also reduce her risk of getting osteoporosis. For the postmenopausal ones, exercising has proven to be more effective for increasing the mass of the bone than cardiovascular exercises that are non-weight bearing.

Shorter life span

 Numbers of researches have shown that in addition to decreasing the risk of certain cancers and improvement of cardiovascular health, exercise also helps you live longer. Regular exercise is known to associated with a 30% decrease in all-cause mortality (i.e, all of the things that could possibly kill a human being). This means people who exercise are less prone to death caused by disease and have a greater chance of dying natural causes. If you don’t get enough exercise, you may be at higher risk for diseases and a shortened life span. Leading a sedentary lifestyles has been linked with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality. In other words, it isn’t just about weight and sleep.

Exercise may actually be a question of life and death, in the long run, so for the sake of your mind, body, and longevity, it’s time to get up and move.

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