The Importance of Exercise

We all know that exercise is necessary for our daily lives, but we may not know why or what exercise can do so.


It’s important to not lose sight of the fact that we have developed from nomadic ancestors who used to spend all of their time moving around searching food and shelter, travelling a lot on a daily basis. Our bodies are designed to be active regularly. Over time people develop problems if they sit down all day at a desk or in front of the TV and minimize the amount of exercise they perform. In that respect are several benefits of regular exercises and maintaining fitness and these includes:

The benefits of exercise are numerous. It would involve a much longer article than this to go through all of them. For the sake of not keeping you on the computer, here are a few benefits of exercising.

Exercise increases our energy level

The exercises improve both the strength and coherence of your cardiovascular system to obtain oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. When your cardiovascular system functions better, every single thing seems easier and you have more energy to do fun stuff in life.

Exercises help improve muscle strength

Carry on being active keeps muscles and joints strong, tendons and ligaments flexible, allowing you to move more easily and avoid injury. Strong muscles and ligaments can reduce your risk of joint and lower back pain by keeping joints in suitable alignment.

Exercise can help you sustain a healthy weight

The more you work out, the more your calories will burn. In addition, the more muscle you build up, the higher your metabolic rate becomes, so you will burn more calories even when you’re not exercising. The result? You may be able to lose weight and look better which will boost your self-esteem

Exercise can help improve brain function 

Exercise increases blood circulation and oxygen levels in the brain. It also stimulates the release of the brain hormones that are in charge of the production of the cells in the hippocampus, the region of the brain that controls memory and learning. This in turn, enhances concentration level and cognitive ability, and helps reduce the risk of cognitive degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. There is massive evidence that people who lead active lifestyles are less likely to suffer from illness and more likely to live a long life.

Exercise is good for your heart 
Exercise decreases LDL cholesterol (which chokes off your arteries), and increases HDL (the good cholesterol) and reduces blood pressure so it lowers the stress. It also strengthens your heart muscles and improves circulation. Combined with a healthy diet, exercise lowers the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Regular exercise lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise helps to moderate blood glucose level, which helps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Additionally, exercise helps to prevent obesity, which is a main factor in the development of type 2 diabetes.
Exercise enhances your immune system 
Exercise improves your body’s ability to pump oxygen and nutrients around your body that are needed to fuel the cells that fight bacteria and viruses. Staying active reduces the likeliness of developing some degenerative bone diseases. Weight bearing exercises such as running, walking or weight training lowers your risk of both osteoarthritis and osteoporosis – the adage of “use it or lose it” really does apply to bones.

Exercise may help to reduce the risk of certain cancers 

Being fit may mean that the risks of colon cancer, breast cancer and possibly also lung and endometrial cancers are reduced. Studies have indicated that 35% of all cancer deaths are linked to being overweight and sedentary. Exercise not only gets you physically fit, but it also improves your mental health and general sense of well-being. Active people tend to feel better and look better. Physical activity makes you more tired, thus you’re more ready to sleep. Good quality sleep helps improve overall wellness and reduces stress. Exercise improves your mood and gives you an improved sense of well-being. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins, which make you feel better and more relaxed. These, in turn, improves your mood and lower your tension level. Workout can help prevent and treat mental illnesses like depression. Physical activity can help you meet people, reduce stress level, cope with frustration, give you a sense of achievements, and provides you some important “me time”, all of which help with depression. Keeping body fit can reduce some of the effects of aging.

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