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The Health Principle of EXERCISE
Daily exercise has been shown to be an excellent way to slow down the effect of aging on the body, and to enhance the quality of life–especially as we grow older.
Walking, in all cases where it is possible, is the best remedy for diseased bodies, because in this exercise all the organs of the body are brought into use. There is no exercise that can take the place of it. Walking one or more miles each day greatly improves the circulation of the blood. The action of the heart becomes more perfect, and with regular exercise the heart is strengthened to pump more volume of blood per beat, thus allowing it to rest longer between beats--thus increasing life. All the organs of the body are benefited by regular exercise of 10 to 15 minutes each day, and this activity also lessens the time it takes for the poisons and toxins to be eliminated from our system.
Nearly 1/3 of the all the impurities in our system are eliminated through the skin, and exercise allows the pores to open and discharge the impurities in the sweat. The lungs expand and strengthen and can throw off more poisonous gasses. With the increase of oxygen, the whole body system gains new vitality and becomes invigorated to overcome bad health.
Exercise is also important to digestion. It aids the dyspeptic by giving the digestive organs a healthy tone. To engage in deep study or violent exercise immediately after eating, hinders the digestive process; for the vitality of the system, which is needed to carry on the work of digestion, is called away to other parts. But a short walk after a meal, with the head erect and the shoulders back, exercising moderately, is a great benefit. The mind is diverted from self to the beauties of nature.
Exercise can help in preventing disease, such as cancer, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Also our immune system is strengthened and enhanced by daily exercise. The lymphatic system is aided in the circulation of the lymph fluid from 5 to 15 times during vigorous exercise.
Exercise is free. As we partake of it, let us remember to give glory and praise to our Creator for the gift of life He has given to each one. Those who do not take time to exercise will have to take time for illness! So let us, by all means, establish a regular time for walking and exercising, and thus aid our body in regaining or maintaining health. That way we can not only live longer, but also be free from sickness, pain which will increase our happiness.