We talking ’bout Exercise, not religion, not family, Exercise!
You know by now the many benefits to exercising. Exercising helps with weight loss. Exercise can staunch the hidden fat on the sides of your waist—the love handles that would be so apparent had you not got off your couch three times this week. Exercising makes you feel good and youthful. Exercising can help get the guy or girl you always wanted. True, True, and True. But what does exercising really do? I mean, how does running, or jumping or lifting drastically affect the body? What happens autonomically within the body that we can’t see?
Without getting too sciencee, whenever you eat a meal, the body absorbs all of the nutrients (energy) from particular foods that it needs to replenish what was lost and uses that energy to carry out daily activities throughout the day, whether it be exercise intensive or involuntary like food digestion, which according to certain studies requires approximately 10% of your daily energy expenditure. Crazy, right! I know, your body is insane. But what is even more insane is how your body stores excess calories as fat. This storage is equivalent to the savings account you have at your primary bank. As you store money in your savings account for a rainy day, the body stores fat inside of fat cells for a day of need. These fats are called triglycerides. If you retain more calories than you burn, your triglyceride levels will be high, and if you burn more calories than you retain, your triglyceride levels will be low.
High triglycerides can lead to heart diseases, metabolic deficiencies and stroke.
Similarly, high levels of bad cholesterol, lipoproteins (LDL), can affect the body in the same way. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is essential to maintaining key parts of cells (found in every cell membrane in the body) and making hormones like testosterone and estrogen. And lipoproteins are the transporter of cholesterol. When LDL levels are too high, they tend to clump the linings of blood vessels, which can induce heart failure.
So, what did we learn: Triglycerides are the fat stored inside of cells composed of cholesterol. LDLs transport cholesterol throughout the body, functioning as transporters. And when LDL levels are too high, they can clog blood vessels and induce heart failure, similarly, high levels of triglycerides can do the same.
Solution: Exercise, the eight letter word that staunches the hidden fat on the sides of your waist, makes you feel good and youthful, and can get you the guy or girl you wanted, can SAVE YOUR LIFE!