Benefits of Gentle Exercise

Sep 23, 2013
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These days exercise can be a difficult routine for people to stick with due to life’s busy schedule. Anyone trying to stick to a plan will struggle to follow it which can make exercise seem all but impossible. But no matter what health conditions you have there’s always exercises you can do to make it worth the effort. Exercise is one of the best cure-alls known to man. A gentle or low intense exercise, if used wisely, can make you feel better especially when there is limited time. Not to mention it can help deal with stress in your life.

Stretching

Typically, any intense exercise should always begin with a dynamic or active stretch just to warm up your muscles before an intense activity. However, just the act of dynamic stretching is a gentle exercise on to itself. The best part of dynamic stretching is that it provides a perfect beginning to your day right after you awake from a good night sleep. It is also a nice to stretch in the middle of your day especially if you have been sitting and working from the computer for many hours. Finally, a gentle stretch before you go to bed sounds like a good idea to me. If you do decide to do an intense exercise please engage in static stretching afterwords.

Yoga

Yoga is another exercise in which people with or without disabilities can participate. It is very adaptable for anyone whatever your health condition maybe. It is also available for children, seniors, and anyone needing to relieve them-self from a little stress. The best part about Yoga is that it can be done in the privacy of your own home or as part of community activities.

Handcycle

One excellent way to have a gentle exercise experience outdoors is to use a handcycle. You can operate the handcycle by using your upper body move the wheels. The handcycle can be operated in a gentle way to exercise the upper body. Those with ambulatory conditions can operate a recumbent bike using your legs to move the pedals in an easy manner to have a gentle exercise experience. It is called a gentle exercise because it provides relief for joints since it is non-weight baring. This gentle exercise is a lot of fun which can have a positive effect on your overall health.

Exercise and Mental Health

The positive effects of exercise on depression are well documented by now. Many depression symptoms have been linked to problems with self-esteem, for example. Exercise has been known to help improve self-esteem. It does this is through releasing chemicals into your brain called endorphins. Endorphins interact with receptors inside of your brain and they make your perception of pain less, making you feel better. You get a positive flood into your body that does something quite similar to what morphine does. Many people who exercise regularly describe the feeling as “euphoria.” It’s also been called “Runner’s high.” It can be energizing in a big way. Exercise can also decrease anxiety and improve a sense of well-being and a positive outlook on life, which can be a much needed improvement for anyone.

General Benefits

Exercise is just good for you in every way if you do it right. Whatever the time or situation, chances are excellent that the right kind of gentle exercise will help improve the matter. For example, even something that can affect your body such as lower back pain can be improved by exercise. People who have chronic back pain might despair of ever being able to do anything about it, but this isn’t the case. The right kind of gentle exercise can almost always do something to improve back pain conditions or at least prevent further injury.

Additional information on exercise guidelines and on stretching:

http://www.ncpad.org/14/73/Exercise~Guidelines~for~People~with~Disabilities

http://www.ncpad.org/2/1361/Seated~Strengthening~Exercises

http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/749/is-it-better-to-stretch-before-or-after-my/

http://www.acefitness.org/blog/1575/debunking-fitness-myths-stretching

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-04-15-stretching-muscles_N.htm

http://www.ncpad.org/887/5010/Exercise~Guidelines~for~Clients~with~Lower~Back~Pain

 

Author: Lindsey Mcmahon