Yes you heard that right, We are prescribing you something that doesn’t come in the form of a pill or sachet or tablet, yeap we are asking you to start moving and no, not a foot on the threadmill. Well unless you prefer running indoors within 4 walls.
So why are telling you to get moving? Well lets get to the boring bit, the reason as to why this has all started. As we all know we have blood vessels and blood is pumped from the heart and sent trough out the body via arteries and capillaries and returned to systemic circulation via veins and the cycle continues, cool so we know that and also blood vessels have smooth muscles contracting and moving the fluid inside which is also regulated by osmotic pressure. There’s another system which is equally as important as the circulatory system, which is the lymphatic system. These ducts lie in between muscles, below the skin and they all collect in a central collecting system in the thoracic duct. They usually collect in nodes. Your spleen, tonsils and thymus gland are a part of your lymphatic system. What is their function? Immune regulation. Each of these organs have their function in producing lymph. So in short, if you find yourself constantly falling sick or ill, getting the common flu or sore-throat ,chances are you have low immunity.
Still don’t get how working out helps with regulation of lymph in the body? Remember the part which I said the lymph ducts were in between muscles and they are not aligned by smooth muscles? Well that means the lymph doesn’t move around unless you do! So what does the lymph contain anyway? Depending on where it is coming from in your body it could contain anything but it’s main contents are made from fat and protein. AND it also contains waste material, foreign protein matter breakdown, by products from lymphatic anti bacterial activity and all these need to be drained to the circulatory system.
Unlike our closed circulatory system regulated by the pumping of the heart ,the lymphatic system doesn’t have a central pumping system ,hence it requires muscular contractions which in turn gives lymphatic vessel contraction and so the lymph is circulated . So when does it move again? When you start moving!
Why not running? Well we aren’t telling you not to run but to maximize the workout in the shortest time possible. Running simply isn’t muscle stimulating enough but its more like an activity which requires strong thigh and calf muscles. If you have been over weight or never worked out then running isn’t exactly what you should start doing. Poor muscular strength coupled with poor joint stability and proprioception will only lead to fatigue and injury. So if you are looking for something which could benefit in the long run, then total body workouts are the best to stimulate good lymphatic function and it doesn’t happen in one day. Like many other functions, this takes time to start regulating well. Some examples of these workout include HIIT and Yoga or any simple weight training. Once you have attained the appropriate lower body strength and stability, jogging and hiking wouldn’t leave you feeling all sore in the legs and knee’s.
So get started today, Youtube has a huge number of yoga, HIIT and other workout at home video’s which you could use as starters if you have no clue where to begin. If you are looking for professional solution then give us a call today!