Seventh Day Adventist Health Principle – Exercise

The Adventist Church believes that the human was created in the image of God. The entrance of sin into this world distorted this image, resulting in the separation of man from his Creator, to the detriment of his physical, spiritual and mental health.

But, God’s desire is that his creatures may enjoy abundant health at all levels and invites us to adopt various principles that will restore in us a divine image.

Regular Exercise is one of the principles of Seventh Day Adventists and so today we will learn more about it.

What is Exercise Principal?

For over a century and a half, health care, and especially disease prevention has been one of the messages most promoted by the Adventist Church across the world. It is not that it’s a direct part of his doctrine, but simply because physical health has significant importance in the lives of people, it also affects our spirituality.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), today the main causes of disease are tobacco, lack of exercises, poor nutrition, and alcohol. And the reasons that most lead to diseases and death to a large extent are diabetes, lung diseases, cancer, and heart disease.

Thus, the Seventh Day Adventists church has contributed enormously to health and longevity, promoting healthy lifestyles in their communities, both in the academic area and in the social and community area, either with their temples or institutions.

All of this is directly linked to the Adventist mission of following the example of Jesus Christ, who pronounced his mission clearly in the Bible.

What are the benefits of Exercise?

A physical activity session represents a radiant skin, a better cardiac functioning, an increase in your self-esteem and many other things.

To give you a broader idea, here are the reasons why you should include exercise in your daily life:

1. Strong heart: Physical activity accelerates the metabolism and, above all, the heart which favors a correct blood circulation. You can jump rope, jog or run through the streets of your house, as well as ride a bicycle.

2. Improve your work performance: Beside Seventh Day Adventists, some scientists also believe that exercise, thanks to its production of endorphins, helps to clear the mind and generates a feeling of relaxation which favors creativity and mental agility.

3. It favors your rest: If you do a constant physical activity during the week, you can improve your quality of sleep, so you can sleep more easily and in a deeper way. In case you have insomnia, here are some yoga positions you can practice before going to bed.

4. Resistant Bones: The lifting of weights helps strengthen the human skeleton and prevents the appearance of osteoporosis and all those diseases related to bones.

5. Radiant skin: When you exercise, it is normal to open the pores, so that the toxins that harm the body come out through sweat. That is why it is very important that when you finish you bathe with a neutral soap which helps eliminate impurities and leaves a smooth and healthy epidermis.

6. Forget about diseases: Regular and moderate physical activity strengthens your immune system, so it protects you from the viruses and infections that are around you.

7. Relieves premenstrual syndrome: Exercise fights the symptoms of premenstrual syndromes, such as cramps and highs and lows of mood.

Types of Exercises (Breathing, cardiovascular, strength, Stretching):

Following are key types of exercises that are good for your health and mind:

Breathing Exercise:

Breathing is one of the best exercises for relaxation and reduces the effect of stress. To take care of the health of our body and to get it to receive the necessary oxygen during the practice of breathing exercise, it is essential to breathe correctly, in such a way that we control the flow and rhythm in each inspiration and expiration.

Cardiovascular Exercise:

The cardiovascular exercise is also known as “Aerobic” or “Cardio”. In this exercise, major muscles of our body are put in the movement during a prolonged period, helping to burn fat and lose calories.

Among its benefits is improving the functioning of the heart and lungs, allowing the supply of oxygen to every cell in the body. It is also ideal to improve mood and feel calm as endorphins are released, hormones that help to feel happy, in well-being and enhance the functions of the inhume system.

Strength Exercise:

For many years, all the benefits of strength exercises have been unknown. It has been believed that this type of routine was reserved for a select group of sports. In fact, before, it was believed that practicing the sport with overload could slow down movements. However, today it is proven that the opposite occurs.

Moreover, any movement of our body is the result of the combination of force, speed and repetitions or maintenance over time. Therefore, if we want to improve our physical performance, it is vital to integrate a dynamic of strength exercises to achieve a better response to the sport practiced.

Stretching Exercise:

Stretching exercises are strongly related to training routines. Since we received our physical education lessons at school, our teachers have always put us to stretch at least before performing bodily activities that demand more than usual to our muscles and ligaments.

How Often Exercise Should be Doing?

Periodic physical activity and an active lifestyle are two of the healthy habits that must be incorporated into our day to day to enjoy good health. To this, we must add one of a healthy and balanced diet and comfortable rest. In this way and of course moving away or avoiding harmful habits such as smoking or high alcohol consumption, diseases are prevented and a healthy weight is maintained.

However, too much exercise can also be harmful and have a negative impact on health. If you get used to exercising frequently, you have to plan some days off for the body to repair the muscle damage and recover from physical activity.

Do you have to do physical exercise every day?

Only for preventive health is it advisable to do between 30 and 60 minutes of moderate exercise between 3 and 5 times per week or to reduce a little the time and the number of times but increase the intensity load.

If you add muscle strength and endurance training twice a week, the result will be important prevention of diseases and a greater degree of self-esteem.

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