1 Timothy 4:8

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For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Ecclesiastes 5:12

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The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much:

Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons including strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, as well as for the purpose of enjoyment. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent the "diseases of affluence" such as heart diseasecardiovascular diseaseType 2 diabetes and obesity.It also improves mental health, helps prevent depression, helps to promote or maintain positive self-esteem, and can even augment an individual's sex appeal or body image, which is also found to be linked with higher levels of self-esteem. Childhood obesity is a growing global concern and physical exercise may help decrease some of the effects of childhood and adult obesity. Health care providers often call exercise the "miracle" or "wonder" drug—alluding to the wide variety of proven benefits that it provides.

Viewing the King James Version. Click to switch to 1611 King James Version of Genesis 3:19.

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,..."

Why Do You Perspire?

Perspiration is a natural function that your body performs when you are experiencing stress or anxiety. The stress can be from external sources, such as exercising. Or, it can come from internal worrying and nervousness. Either way, the results are similar as your skin's sweat glands begin to work to quickly resolve the issue. Two sweat glands are called into action during perspiration: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands work throughout most of the areas of your body. They open up directly to the surface of your skin and secrete fluids that are designed to cool your body and lower its overall temperature. When the fluids secreted by the eccrine glands are evaporated, a natural reduction of heat occurs. That fluid is also known as perspiration and is actually a combination of mainly water and salt. Small amounts of electrolytes are also present in perspiration to ensure the balance of fluids in your body. Apocrine glands are located in areas where follicles are found, including your scalp and armpits. They work differently than the eccrine glands in a number of ways. First, apocrine glands secrete a type of fatty sweat that goes directly into the gland's tubule itself. In times of emotional stress, the tubule's walls contract, which pushes the sweat toward the surface of your skin. Once the sweat reaches the skin's surface, bacteria begins to mix with it; breaking the sweat down further. The meeting of apocrine sweat and bacteria often causes the odors that are commonly associated with the perspiration process. Although many people suffer from excessive sweating, most of the annoyance is based on the distinct odor they detect while perspiring.

When to be Concerned

Perspiration is a perfectly healthy response that should not alarm you in any way. When you are exercising or out in hot weather, be careful to replenish the fluids lost through perspiration by drinking water and/or a sports drink with electrolytes. If you find that you are perspiring more than normal, you might have a condition called hyperhidrosis. Not sweating enough, or a significant decrease in perspiration, could be diagnosed as anhidrosis. A noticeable change in body odor can be a symptom of other medical problems. In all of the above circumstances, it is recommended that you consult with your physician to learn more about the treatment options available for your specific situation.

For they that sleep sleep in the night; ..."(1 Thes.5:7)

Sleep is one of the most important things that you can do for your self, especially if you are wanting to be healthy.  Without enough sleep, your body and mind will not, and can not, function properly.  More and more, I hear people talking about how difficult it is to get a good nights sleep.  Whether it is about waking up in the middle of the night and letting the mind go off into worry land, or that your life gets in the way of allowing enough time for it, eight hours of sleep is not what most of us are getting these days.

Viewing the King James Version. Click to switch to 1611 King James Version of Psalms 3:5.

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.(Psalms 3:5)

Without the proper amount of sleep, and this varies in the age of a person and their basal sleep need, our bodies can not rejuvenate and restore as they are meant to do while we are at rest.  Babies and children require much more sleep than adults do, but every individual is different when it comes to how much sleep they need.  However studies show that most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep for optimal health.  There are people that can be healthy on 5 to 7 hours a night, but most of us need more. 

Studies from the University of Chicago state that there is laboratory evidence that short sleep durations of 4-5 hours have negative physiological and neurobehavioral consequences.  Many individuals who think they can function on 4-5 hours a night should rethink this and try for an hour or two more if they want their body's to function in a healthy manner.

A study out of Harvard claims that getting enough sleep is required for learning and memory.  Sleep helps the brain to remember new information in a process called memory consolidation.

Chronic sleep deprivation can also cause weight gain and obesity.  It effects the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and alters the levels of hormones that effect appetite.

Lack of sleep can also cause more traffic accidents due to drowsiness and falling asleep at the wheel of a car.  We have also seen a rash of Air Traffic Controllers falling asleep while at work due to long hours and lack of sleep.  This could be the cause of a major accident in the air.

Sleep loss can be the cause of mood changes like, irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness.  It can also cause fatigue and tiredness.

Serious sleep deprivation can cause hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.  It can also alter our immune function including the activity of the bodies killer cells. 

Studies also show a link to living longer with better quality of life when we get more than 6 and half hours per night.  Proper sleep will also reduce body inflammation which is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging.

Enough sleep can improve your creativity, athletic performance, attention span, and lowers the risk of depression.  Let's face it, sleep is vital for optimal health in many areas of our life.

Many people brag about getting just a few hours of sleep a night.  It is really nothing to brag about.  It is similar to bragging about not drinking enough water in a day.  You may seem alright, but your body needed and would have functioned much better had you drank enough water.  Sleep is the same.  You may think your O.K., but you will function much better with the right amount of sleep.

There are ways to prepare for a good nights sleep.  It is important to turn off the televisions, computers, and other things that create light and noise in your sleep environment.  You should not eat right before you go to bed, especially sugar.  Do not watch stressful or violent movies and television before you sleep.  Try to meditate for fifteen or thirty minutes before bedtime.  Stretching is also good to do before going to sleep.  Think of good thoughts.  Still your mind chatter.  Make sure you have a comfortable sleep space, i.e. clean bedding, mattress, etc.

If you are wanting to be at your best, get the sleep you need.  Sleep is one of the most important things in your life if you want health of body and mind.  I personally love, love, love, my sleep!  If I could get nine hours every night....I would!  So get your sleep and have Sweet Dreams, your body and mind will love it.

We Need also "Rest"

Exodus 20:10

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But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

The body needs plenty of sleep, and a good night's rest is what the body is designed to get on a regular basis. After working hard all day long, the only thing that will help us to recuperate is a full night of sleep. It is as important to our bodies as eating and drinking are.
When we sleep the right way, there are a number of benefits that we enjoy, in addition to the fact that sleep feels good.
The first thing sleep does is repairs the tissues in our bodies, and strengthens our immune systems. They work best when our bodies are at rest, and the more sleep we get, the stronger our immune systems become.
It also recharges our batteries and builds up our energy levels which helps us to deal with all the activities and stresses we deal with every day. This is especially for busy people and students who need to stay on top of their game.
It also promotes healthy growth in children, which they need. The rest they get helps them to develop properly. It also stimulates brain cells and improves memory. Sleep definitely allows us to process and store information more effectively.
Lack of sleep makes it hard to remember information and concentrate well. Students suffer from this quite often, and sleep is critical for anyone who is about to take a test. Sleep will help making recalling information easier.
When we don't get enough sleep, our bodies let us know in a number of ways. We get crabby and irritable. We also find it hard to concentrate and we become sluggish and uncoordinated. It can also weaken our immune systems and make us more prone to having accidents.
Sleep slows the aging process, and not getting enough of it will helps us to get old faster. With all these bad things, it should be easy to want to sleep more, but until we do, we can't know how good it will make us feel.


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