If you are a sedentary individual and you are feeling low in energy, or you feel tired and lethargic after exercise then now may be the right time to have
an activity review. Alongside good nutrition, physical activity is probably the most important component of building optimum vitality for life!
Why? When you are physically active, oxygen intake is increased which combines with energy from the food that we eat. Together they convert in little organelles
in the cells of your body (the mitochondria) to create (ATP) the energy-bearing molecule that biologists consider to be the energy currency of life.
Human beings are designed to be rich with Mitochondria to power all the body systems to function in an optimum way. The mighty mitochondria are in almost
every cell in your body and particularly abundant in the muscles, heart, and brain. However, they do not respond well to being under used. With inactivity,
they decline and become less efficient resulting in a progressive loss of muscle mass, and loss of energy and vitality, which affects mind body and
To move, think and thrive as human beings, we need to power our cells to work for us. Thus, it is worth keeping your mitochondria in tip top condition
through continuing physical activity.
In the same way that nutrition needs to be more precise for individuals to function at their best, choosing the right activity is critical in gaining
optimal vitality for life. Similarly when vitality becomes your fitness goal, you will find yourself searching for and choosing the right activities
to energise your body.
What happens in the cells when we are active? Mitochondrial biogenesis! By increasing your activity levels, the additional stress creates an increase
and expansion of mitochondria. Every cell in your body is affected as your muscles stimulate high amounts of mitochondria to provide energy for
movement. Then when we are resting between movement greater amounts of energy are stored for further physical activity.
Discover what the right exercise is for you
There are different trains of thought about what is the best kind of activity to stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis. Aerobic exercise has always been
popular as the body demands an increase of oxygen. Resistance exercise increases your metabolism and stimulates your mitochondria so that the muscles
become stronger and larger. According to research the combination of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise stimulate even more mitochondria than either
activity on their own.
Finally, the buzz word for optimum mitochondrial biogenesis at the moment is HIT (High-Intensity Training) which are activities such as sprinting and
exercising at full capacity for short bursts with brief periods of recovery. As much as I enjoy an intensive sprint session I believe that this
type of training is not suitable for everyone and you can exercise without feeling like you are punishing yourself! I believe that exercising at
moderate intensity yields best results. Other activities can support mitochondrial growth and suit people more such as swimming, dancing and even
Dynamic yoga in its different forms.