Why Exercise? How Newton’s Laws Of Physics Can Help Us Understand

There are a lot of great reasons to exercise. I’ll get to our good buddy on the left in a moment, but first the obvious benefits…

 

Exercise helps you with managing your weight. For obvious reasons, you burn calories as you move, so even a little bit can help.

 

It also raises HDL (good cholesterol) in the body, and at the same time actually lowers LDL (bad cholesterol). This nice mix decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Not only that, but you get a free bonus! Because exercise stimulates the body, it helps to prevent stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and arthritis.

 

There’s a sexy bonus too– by exercising, the physical motion enhances arousal for women, and men are less likely to have erectile dysfunction issues by exercising regularly.

 

In addition, exercise stimulates positive chemicals in the brain to lift your mood, boost confidence and raise your self-esteem. If you ever feel down, just go for a brisk walk and notice how your feelings change once you start getting that body moving. If you’re ever angry, it works the same way. Good chemicals called endorphins are released in the brain making you feel good, It’s a natural high.

 

Paradoxically, the release of energy actually make it easier for you to sleep at night, provided that you don’t exercise just before going to bed.

 

And here’s another good reason to get moving — ever hear the saying, “A body at rest tends to remain at rest, while a body in motion tends to stay in motion”? It’s Newton’s law of inertia. This well-known law of physics not only applies to objects, but applies to the human body as well. Once you’re plopped down on the couch, your body gets used to that, making you feel like a lazy bag o’ bones, but once you start moving around, you tend to keep moving. It’s literally the natural law of physics.

 

Newton’s second law of physics, called the “acceleration law” addresses the amount of force that pushes an object, the direction that it is pushed, and the size of that object, can affect how fast and far it will go when pushed.

 

So if you get up off the couch (or chair) kinda lazy and slog along, you won’t get very far. Try pushing yourself up with energy and notice the difference. Try both ways now. I’ll wait….Seriously, humor me, ok?

 

Ok, so now notice the difference between the two.

 

This is because of the law of physics. The chemicals in our body give us a little jolt when moving, like a jolt of electricity to get us going. And once the engine is turned on, providing that we keep moving, it powers us along.

 

The third of Newton’s laws is the law of action and reaction. Two objects (equal in size) that collide with each other results in a force being applied to both colliding objects. For every action there is an opposite equal reaction. What does this have to do with exercise? Let’s have some fun with this. I’d like to take some theories from you my dear readers…Please comment below.

 

Change your health, change your life,

Michael

 

 

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