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We've all heard that exercise is good for the heart, but here are some specific ways in which the heart is strengthened and benefits from exercise:
Slower resting pulse rate.

The heart that is conditioned through exercise is stronger and pumpsmore blood with each beat. Thus, it needs fewer beats to pump thesame amount of blood.

Higher exercise pulse rate.

The well-exercised heart beats faster in response to exercise than the unconditionedheart. During exercise, the heart can then deliver a higher pulse rate if needed.

Larger stroke volume.

The well-exercised heart delivers more blood per beat. Each stroke is stronger andtheamount of blood delivered with each stroke is increased with exercise. The heart is thusmore efficient.

Improved ability to extract oxygen from the blood.

As with all other parts of the body, the heart improves in its ability to get oxygenfromthe blood. This is especially important if blockages have reduced the amountof bloodflow because the heart can extract more oxygen from less blood.Exercise builds “Collaterals” if needed.

The body’snormal defense against an impending heart attack (due to blockage by fattydeposits in the arteries to the heart) is to build additional blood vessels around the blockageto ensure continued flow. Exercise is the only activity that can speedup this process!

Our bodies were designed to be physically active, and they do not function properly without daily activity. Unfortunately, as our lives have become more sedentary, the amount of physical activity required of us to maintain our existence has diminished to the point that the only exercise we get is what little we take the initiative to do on our own in our leisure time. Our grandparents worked the soil and produced wholesome food while working both their bodies and the land. They worked hard, ate hearty, and stayed healthy longer. Today, we eat primarily convenience food, junk food, and processed, refined foods that have been robbed of much of its nutrient value. Not only does the Standard American Diet (SAD) contain very little nutritional value, it is laced with pesticides, herbicides, food additives, and other environmental toxins. And, for the most part, we don’t even have to physically exert ourselves to obtain it. We become more and more sedentary and we also experience acute and chronic stress from a number of sources including jobs, relationships, and environmental factors.

As a nation, we tend to become overweight, undernourished, and physically unfit. And our children are beginning to suffer from our own self-inflicted problems because they are innocent victims of their family’s lifestyle and eating patterns. Unlike the cardiovascular system which has the heart to pump our blood, our lymphatic system has no pump. Exercise and physical activity are required to keep the lymph flowing and the toxins and metabolic waste removed from our bodies. With SAD food and without exercise, toxins build up and the stage is set for chronic and degenerative disease. Exercise encourages our bodies to generate more of the chemical receptors that are needed to assimilate and make use of the available nutrients. Exercise is an antidepressant. It stimulates the release of endorphins. Fitness is not just for athletes. Fitness is for life.

We'll surely have time for illness later if we don't make time for exercise now. The best form of exercise is the one you will do! Hop to it!

Many people find rebounding is a pleasant form of exercise that can be done in the home with limited space. One of the benefits of a rebounder, or personal-sized trampoline, is that is stimulates the lymph to move within the lymphatic system. Anyone can benefit from this form of exercise. Even if a person is not able to bounce on their own, they can sit on the small rebounder and have another person stand and bounce gently behind them. This amount of movement can greatly enhance the flow of lymph throughout the lymphatic system and aid in the removal of toxins through the lymph.

Are you on the rebound? A rebounder (small tranpoline) is the best workout you can give your lymphatic system. A gentle bounce will keep the lymph flowing, improve circulation and the immune system. The lymphatic system carries away accumulated toxins and the waste products of metabolism. The disabled or elderly can benefit by sitting on it while someone else bounces gently.

Consult your health practitioner before beginning any exercise program.

"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks." -- Proverbs 31:17

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