Physical Exercise – Living an INSPIRED Life With Doc Nuzum (video)
Jonathan Hunsaker: What if there was a kind of stress that was actually good for you in small doses? Stay tuned to find out.
Jonathan Hunsaker here with Organixx. Thanks again for tuning in. We’re continuing our series on INSPIRED: The 8 Pillars of Health. Today, we’re focused on the letter P: Physical Exercise.
And what is physical exercise? Well, in a lot of ways, it’s stress. It’s just managed stress on our body. We’re doing it in small doses where we’re managing the amount of stress, which is actually really healthy for us.
See, the problem is, most of us, we’re stressed out all day long every day, and that’s damaging on our body, but physical exercise, not only helps with the bad, crazy stress, but it allows our body to learn how to deal with stress better because we’re stressing it on purpose a little bit at a time, a little bit at a time. And so, ultimately, it helps us be healthier, and it helps us in the amount of stress that we can actually handle in our day-to-day lives. Let’s go talk to Doc Nuzum. He’ll tell us a lot more about it.
Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Well, today, we’re talking about physical exercise. I’ve been exercising since I was 5 years old. I started into Wing Chun Kung Fu. My dad actually made me a little barbell with two little 5-pound weights on it, and I did my exercises with that barbell. He set up a little routine for me to do. I did that every day. I started out when I was 5 years old, I’ve been exercising for almost all my life now. I love exercise.
The thing is, though, our society is set in such a way that we don’t really get a lot of physical exercise. We have machines to do stuff now. What has suffered in our society is that our physical conditioning has gotten worse and worse and worse. And we’re progressively getting more and more out of shape, or out of condition is, in my opinion, a better term.
If you’re in good shape, your body’s in good condition. It’s conditioned to function healthy.
One of the things about exercise that is so important for our health isn’t just our conditioning, it’s the fact that exercise is one of the few stresses that we can dose. You can do a little bit of exercise here, a little more here, a little more there, depending on your capacity to adapt to that exercise.
All fitness, exercise like weightlifting, or even bodybuilding, fitness folks, they use exercise as a way to cause their body to adapt. And as you cause your body to adapt with exercise, you increase your body’s capacity to do things. You improve your condition by using that little bit of stress, the exercise is a stress that you dose, you can use exercise to stress your system to a point that it forces your body to adapt, and as it adapts, it gets stronger and it increases your capacity to do things.
That’s the wonderful thing about exercise. When you become more fit, your body handles physical stress, or physical work, better, but it also handles emotional stress better, or job-related stress better, or other types of stress. As your fitness level increases, and your normal stresses stay the same, because your capacity is greater, this stress that you would normally have on a daily basis isn’t so taxing on your system.
Let’s say someone can lift 30 pounds, like this. If, on a daily basis, they have to lift 20 pounds in the same motion, multiple times throughout the day, because 20 pounds is so close to 30 pounds, that repetitive movement of 20 pounds all day long could tear up their joints. Now if that person starts to exercise and they increase their capacity from 30 pounds to 50 pounds, now instead of being 2/3 their capacity, and they still have to do the 20 pounds every day all day long, they’re only lifting 20% (editor’s note: 40%) of their capacity, so it’s not as taxing on those joints and on those muscles.
So, as your fitness level increases, your conditioning improves, your ability to handle everyday stress also improves. Initially, it takes a lot of energy to get in shape. Once you get there, it doesn’t take as much energy or effort to maintain that, number one. Number two, it increases your capacity. So, your capacity, your energy levels, improve as you get more fit. And what you have to do on a daily basis doesn’t stress you or tax you as much as it would normally tax you.
So, I hope that helps you understand the importance of physical exercise.
Jonathan Hunsaker: Thanks, Doc, and thank you guys at home for watching. I thank you for your feedback. We’re hoping this INSPIRED series helps you live an INSPIRED life.
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