Internal Requirements to Live (and Live Long)

Updated: May 5

Not every one has a desire to be active. From children to adults, many of us struggle to get ourselves to the gym or to get our kids away from the TV. We foster healthy lifestyles in so many areas, trying to eat nutritious foods, doing well at work, making friends. But when push comes to shove, making time to work out often feels too overwhelming.

So, why do we need to find time to exercise?

For those of us that have no idea what we’re looking at, we’ll make it very easy for you to understand. In the image above, the colors represent brain stimulation. (Think of it as brain work.) The more of a color/the darker the color represents a greater amount of stimulation. The two brain scans above are clearly no match for one another.

What is being stimulated? How are the brain and exercise connected scientifically?

Maybe you don’t want your brain stimulated. Or maybe you just cant stand sweating. Be that as it may, we may still be able to convince you that this workout thing is a good idea.

Leo Widrich writes:

“If you start exercising, your brain recognizes this as a moment of stress. As your heart pressure increases, the brain thinks you are either fighting the enemy or fleeing from it. To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This BDNF has a protective and also reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. That’s why we often feel so at ease and things are clear after exercising and eventually happy.

At the same time, endorphins, another chemical to fight stress, is released in your brain. Your endorphins main purpose is this writes researcher McGovern:

These endorphins tend to minimize the discomfort of exercise, block the feeling of pain and are even associated with a feeling of euphoria.”

Simply put, exercising decreases stress, relieves pain, and mitigates atrophy. While simultaneously increasing brain productivity, stimulating muscular development, and balancing emotional intelligence.

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You don’t need a personal trainer, $200 shoes, or perfect clothing to get sweaty. Find a league, some trails, inspiring youtube workouts, or any type of athletic movement that you enjoy.

This article wasn’t written to guilt you into joining that friend who’s been bugging you to become a member at a gym. We wrote this article to INSPIRE you to find an activity that is the most genuine to who you are.

Here are some tips to help you decide on your activity:

- Choose a type of exercise that is sustainable with your lifestyle

- Join a group that makes you a better person

- Find an organization that fits within your schedule

- Do something that makes you smile and laugh

- Don’t be afraid to be bad at it at first

- Don’t spent too much money before you know what you’re getting into and what you like

- Make a goal

- Take steps to follow through

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Here at the NAV we have many options for people to get active. We would love it if you and your kids came to us as your home for athletic development. Truth is, our goal isn’t to have everyone come here. Our working purpose here is “Positively affect lives through athleticism.” Whether you join the NAV Performance Gym, play in our adult league, run at the Reservoir, or join a cross-fit gym, we’re happy to see Moore County citizens staying active.

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