Physical health

Work • Regular Work – SRS

This article is to identify what categories as Regular Work and how we should be aware of them to adjust our health planning.

24/7, 365 our body is functioning. We move all the time. Our best friend, heart, is the best runner in the game. Through moving, we live, create, learn, and revitalise. Something we have been designed to, and we’ll keep it that way. A temporal energy generator and carrier if you will.

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Regular Work refers to our daily basis that, anything we don’t need to sweat but using our energy actively working on something.

For example, we sit in an office, working. We commute from one place to another. We chat with our friends. We take strolls. We wait for the street light to change. While we’re being the executive of our daily routines, our internal bodies, among with trillions of cells, are working actively to keep us in check.

Besides physical, internal, and external dealings, our mental – active thinking – is categorised to Regular Work too.

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Notice that our bodies are a huge mechanism that it only does what it says. When something is missing, they refill. When something is too much, they use or take them away, simple as that. It’s our thoughts and actions that affect these systems doing. Here is an example:

Many are trapped by “eating” as rewards.

We’ve all been there and it’s totally understandable.

There is nothing wrong with that since we break down the carbohydrate to organic compounds such as glucose for energy use biologically speaking. After an intense working of mental problems, we tend to consume “food”, and some of them might contain lots of sugar, as rewards. Though there are lots of foods that contain more sugar than we realise. 

Why this matter? Because our bodies only need so much for a day before passing an excessive amount. We need other nutrients too!

Although sugar is part of the essential components to us, without some proper ways to distribute the extra basic organic compounds of sweetness, they will find their resting place within our bodies.

There are lots of different scenarios, and this is just one of them why some of us gain weights after a while. So if somebody who isn’t active in doing exercise already, then they need more mental energy to re-wire the neurons in constructing exercise paths.

However, doing exercise does not necessarily equal to reducing blood sugar level magically.

To understand it more thoroughly, our stomach digests the food by mixing with fluids (acids and enzymes). During the process, the carbohydrate (sugars and starches) in the food breaks down into another type of sugar, called glucose.

Our cells need glucose along with amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and fats for energy. It’s the main energy source for our bodies.

Both intestines absorb the glucose and then release it into the bloodstream. Once in it, glucose can be used immediately for energy or stored in our bodies for later use. But here is what gets interesting. Our bodies need insulin ( a hormone produced in the pancreas) to use or store glucose for energy. Without insulin, glucose will stay in the bloodstream, keeping blood sugar levels high.

In type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t have enough insulin. The immune system attacks and destroys cells of the pancreas, where insulin is made.

In type 2 diabetes, the cells don’t respond to insulin like they should. So the pancreas makes more and more insulin to move glucose into cells. Eventually, the pancreas is damaged and can’t make enough insulin to meet the body’s needs.

Phew, there are quite a few words to visualise there. But now we understand why we need sugar and how sugar is being used, we can then move on to why it related to exercise.

Exercise helps increase insulin sensitivity, so our muscle cells are better able to use any available insulin to take up glucose during and after activity.

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When our muscle cells contract during activity, other cells can take up glucose and use it for energy whether insulin is available or not. It’s like a door we open by doing exercise. Of course, the actual effect depends on the duration of physical activity, body condition, and so on. Balancing the blood sugar level is crucial in this aspect.

With that being said, some people don’t do exercise often but they’re still healthy. It’s due to the good balance of insulin and other regulating factors we haven’t discussed. Nevertheless, exercises have astronomical benefits that everybody knows!

To mention sugar, mental energy used, and how our bodies work, because when we look back to our regular work schedule, our lifestyle, we can now weed out some of the bad habits or unnecessary activities.

Living a simple life would be ideal. This way, we can avoid sickness or hidden problems inside us years down the road.

Everything should be in one’s moderation simply put.

We can do whatever, however long with anything. But if we feel that things are getting out of control, it’s better to stop and rethink a little.

Sometimes, I like to think of our body is like a highly complex functioning machine that even a step we take for standing up from a chair, our body is operating busily with many internal systems to make it work. But we don’t realise. We just eat that ice-cream pancake, sitting under the shaded umbrella on the side of the road, chilling noisily with friends. A big pair of sunglasses is hanging up against the sunny afternoon.

 

 

 

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