ANY MOVEMENT IS BENEFICIAL
Movement not only burns calories, it also gets your blood flowing and provides essential nutrients to your joints, muscles, and organs. When you take your heart’s pulse, you are measuring heartbeats as they pass through your arteries. Arteries transport oxygen and nutrients from the heart and lungs to the rest of the body and blood is pushed by the heart muscle.
Once blood has passed through the organs and muscles, it enters your veins -which carry blood back to your heart and lungs. You cannot find a pulse in your veins because your veins do not rely on your heart to pump blood back. Instead, veins rely on your body’s muscle contractions to push and squeeze the blood towards the heart.
If you have flown in an airplane, you may have read ways to prevent DVTs (Deep Vein Thrombosis). They may have outlined steps to avoid DVTs while on long flights. DVTs (Deep Vein Thrombosis) usually occur in the legs when a person sits for hours without moving their leg muscles. Blood pools in the veins of your legs, causing your feet and ankles to swell and feel heavier. This can cause a blood clot or thrombus and can be dangerous when in a deep vein of the leg. To avoid developing a DVT, you should move your feet and ankles up and down regularly, flexing your calf muscles, and get up and walk periodically.
If a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) develops it can become life threatening if the clot breaks off from inside the leg and travels up to the lungs. If the traveling clot, called an embolus, lodges itself in your lungs, this is a medical emergency and you must get immediate medical attention. It will block blood flow and oxygen to the rest of your body. Signs include swelling and painful legs and severe shortness of breath.
Movement is also important for your blood sugar to stay at safe levels. Without movement and exercise to keep your blood sugar in check, your body will build up resistance to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is naturally produced by your pancreas and regulates how much sugar you have in your blood. Blood needs a moderate amount of sugar (glucose) at all times in order for you to perform activities, but too much sugar in the blood will break down tissues.
Without movement, your blood will pool and sugar in the blood will not react as well to insulin, making you more susceptible to illness and disease.
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