Good Exercise vs. Bad Exercise for Healing
Exercise has far too many other health benefits that it absolutely needs to be included in your daily activities.
In fact, the right kind of exercise can help…
- Balance your blood sugar
- Increase your energy
- Stimulate your immune system
- Balance your hormones
- Improve constipation
- Decrease stress
- Improve detoxification
- Decrease inflammation
- Improve sleep
- Increase bone density
- Reduce your risk of injury
- and the list goes on and on…
But there is a catch because I did say the “right” kind of exercise.
Most people don’t know this but not all exercise is created equal so there are some big differences between good exercise and what I call bad exercise. And keep in mind that I use the term “bad exercise” loosely because it’s not bad for everyone.
It really depends on the overall goal of what you are trying to achieve. However, bad exercise can and will slow down, stop, and even worsen Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Bad Exercise for Healing – Cardio Exercise
I’m not entirely sure why, but most people seem to be obsessed with running, treadmills, elliptical trainers, aerobics and many other forms of continuous repetitive cardio exercise.
Yes, cardiovascular health is important but these forms of exercise are not the best way to improve your cardiovascular health. In fact, many competitive long distance runners suffer from enlarged hearts and often die from heart failure at an early age because the heart is really just a muscle. And overuse will cause it to compensate by growing just like any other muscle in the body which is not ideal for proper function.
But there’s a completely difference problem when it comes to your gut.
Cardio Breaks Down Healthy Living Cells
Cardio exercise is catabolic in nature. This means that it promotes catabolism within the body which is another way of saying that it promotes the breakdown of healthy living cells.
The body does this because long bouts of cardio elicits a stress response within the body. And when the body is under stress, it begins to hold onto its stored energy reserves (fat) and use up easier to access protein (muscle).
And hopefully you understand that this is the opposite of what you want when trying to heal. Instead of wasting the healthy living cells that you do have, you need to put your focus on instead rebuilding and promoting the growth of and repair of your cells.
This is due largely from the significant release in cortisol or stress hormone that occurs after performing this type of exercise. As I’ve mentioned before cortisol plays a vital role in turning off your body’s natural healing processes so it can instead respond to the given stress.
Good Exercise for Healing – Anabolic Exercise
If cardiovascular health is a goal, then you can achieve the same but even healthier cardiovascular effect from doing more weight bearing exercise. The more you use your muscles, the more blood they require. And the more blood they require the more your heart has to work to pump blood to them.
The biggest difference is that under these conditions, your heart isn’t being forced to work for long periods of time. Instead, it can work in shorter bursts and get plenty of healthy rest in between.
Anabolic Exercise Builds and Repairs Healthy Living Cells
The opposite of catabolic (cell breakdown) is anabolic which refers to the building, growth, and repair of cells.
So when I refer to anabolic exercise, I’m referring to exercise that elicits an anabolic response within the body which promotes the healing process.
Some examples of good anabolic exercise are:
But there still are some variables which need to be considered to ensure that you get the maximum healing effects of your anabolic exercise. And mostly I’m referring to the amount of exercise that you do.
You never want to over exert yourself with any form of exercise, otherwise the benefits will be greatly diminished. Anytime you work out, you should be energized afterward and that energy should continue with you throughout the day.
But if you feel worse and have lower energy throughout the day then you’re likely doing too much.
It’s best to build up slowly over time, especially if you haven’t exercised regularly for any period of time in order to give your nervous system time to adapt to these new demands on your body.
But the benefits are almost immediate and well worth the effort.
Karen Brimeyer is a nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and health consultant. She has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their leaky gut, digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic symptoms and conditions.
She is the owner of Optimal Self-Healing in Tampa Bay Florida, a private nutrition and health consultation business and author of the Leaky Gut Cure program.
Karen has worked with a wide variety of populations from new moms to athletes overcome their health problems and achieve optimal health.
Karen found her passion for nutrition as a teenager. While striving to achieve optimal health by following the widely accepted diet and nutrition tips of the media and conventional medicine, she found her own health declining rapidly with the development leaky gut which led to digestive problems and chronic fatigue.
Unwilling to accept her situation, she set out to determine the truth about health which led her through her own research as well as studying and working with some of the best holistic doctors and holistic practitioners in the fields of nutrition, functional medicine, and life coaching.
She has since applied her knowledge with herself to overcome her own leaky gut and achieve an unprecedented level of health and wellbeing. Her happy and healthy pregnancy and now two-year old son, TJ, are a testament to the health she has achieved.
To find out more about this program, click on Leaky Gut Cure