“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” Plato
“Spark” by John J. Ratey, M.D., is a heart-warming and excellent summer read. Dr. Ratey’s message is simple: exercise is the solution – for all ages – to virtually all problems, both physical and mental.
In his book, Dr. Ratey provides substantial evidence to back up his views, especially when referring to two schools that have achieved highly impressive results:
“When the students in Titusville or in Naperville go for a mile run in the gym, they are more prepared to learn in their other-other classes: their senses are heightened; their focus and mood are improved; they’re less fidgety and tense, and they feel more motivated and invigorated. The same goes for adults, in the classroom of life.”
Stress and exercise – a new effect
Physical exercise is the solution to controlling the emotional and physical feelings of stress. Dr. Ratey points out that, in addition to priming our state of mind, the benefits works at the cellular level. Nerve cells are broken down and built up just like muscles, and stress of physical exercise makes them more resilient. It is in this way, that exercise forces the body and mind to adapt. Our progress in life is all around stress and recovery.
Dr. Ratey alerts us to the fact that the body needs stress to allow us to grow and learn. Stress at the cellular level “sparks” brain growth. If the stress is not too severe and the nerve cells are given time to recover, the nerve connections become stronger and our “mental machinery” works better. Despite all that is written about stress, it is still needed for us to evolve.
It is how that stress is managed that makes the difference.
Your body was designed to move
When cells are full of toxins instead of nutrients, this stress only leads to illness.
You can use your mind to improve your health by choosing to create healthy circulation through exercise. As toxins are released from your cells and nutrients enter your cells, your brain can begin to think more clearly – this is essential to the wellness of mind and body.
Our ancestors lived a lifestyle of physical movement and action. So our modern day answer is the same – move your body and increase your blood circulation. This was essential for survival then … as it is now!
Most of us live a sedentary life. Even if we do 30 minutes of physical activity each day, we are still only doing less than a half of what we were designed to do. Our ancestors walked 5-10 miles on an average day, just to find food!
Why movement is so important
Pollution stuck inside your cells is why your body is suffering from various symptoms. When your body’s systems (hormonal, nervous, digestive, and immune) become clogged, the result is inflammation. If toxicity is not addressed on a daily basis, this leads to an accumulation and greater potential for deterioration in health.
When you consistently address accumulating toxicity, you are ahead of the inflammation cycle. You release your daily absorption so that it doesn’t build up again to become a life-accumulation, decreasing your body burden of harmful chemicals, heavy metals, and excess acidity.
As we experience and expand our health potential, our lives harmonize outside as well as in. It all starts with healthy cells to create optimal functioning of bodies and brains.