Posted By Admin on September 3, 2014
Whenever the concern for health arises, ‘DIET and EXERCISE’ quickly come in to our minds and we start reviewing how good or bad our eating patterns are and how much of our time do we invest on exercise. The question is that when it comes to maintain good health, what is more important- Diet or Exercise?
Let’s find out what roles do DIET and EXERCISE play in our life?
Diet- Body requires energy to function and this energy comes only through the food that we eat. Nutrients are the essential components of a healthy body.
Exercise- Exercise makes the body muscles stronger, tones them and increases their endurance.
Diet- The WBC (lymphocytes) are the immunity cells in the body and they are composed of proteins and carbohydrates , which comes through our diet.
Exercise – A body that has not been put to much of exercises or that always remains in a static position is essentially found to be low in immunity. Studies have shown that regular running, cycling etc brings positive effect in building the immunity of children and adults who are recovering from illness.
WEIGHT LOSS METHODS
Diet- In women diet plays a major role in weight maintenance as compared to men. Nevertheless eating processed foods and high calorie diet can cause weight gain in both.
Exercise- It is found that men respond faster to exercise when working on losing weight as compared to women who response quite slower to exercises.
Diet- A balanced diet is composed of all the essential nutrients- vitamins, minerals, etc. Diet is solely responsible for deficiency disorders and these disorders can be corrected by balancing the diet alone.
Exercise- Exercise has no role to play in deficiency disorders.
Diet- During pregnancy essential focus is given on diet as the developing fetus requires a lot of energy and nutrition and so does the pregnant woman. Iron, folic acid, calcium etc are required to borne a healthy child at the end of the pregnancy.
Exercise during pregnancy has a neutral effect on the developing fetus, but regular stretching and exercise is very helpful for the pregnant mother. It relaxes and improves the tones of her muscles which make it easier for her easier to carry the weight of the pregnancy, makes her flexible and the parturition (delivery of the baby) easier.
Diet- Teenage is a very important period in life as it is the transitional period between childhood and the adulthood. All the reproductive development starts occurring and are completed in this span of 9-10 years.
Teenage girls begin to menstruate in this age hence their body’s Iron demand increases. Also essential nutrients are required by boys for their masculine developments. All these demands can be fulfilled through a balanced diet.
Just as the clay pot takes its shape while the clay is wet, exercise during puberty is as essential, as these children’s tender bodies are now taking the shape of an adult, regular exercise helps in achieving the perfect body that is healthy and elegant.
Thus in the competition between Diet and Exercise we find that for a healthy body both are equally important. As we can stand up straight on our two legs, Diet and Exercise are the two legs of health, and without anyone of it missing, health will become lame.