The Importance Of Exercise
Exercise is not just for Olympic athletes or supermodels. In fact, you’re never too unfit, too young or too old to do it. Regardless of your age, gender or role in life, you can benefit from regular physical activity. If you’re committed, exercise in combination with a sensible diet can help provide an overall sense of well-being and can even help prevent chronic illness, disability and premature death. Some of the benefits of increased activity are Improved Health, increased efficiency of heart and lungs, reduced cholesterol levels, increased muscle strength, reduced blood pressure, and reduced risk of major illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, weight loss.
Aerobic and strengthening exercises can result in weight loss when combined with a calorie-reducing diet. Without exercise, dieting can cause the loss of muscle as well as fat. An aerobic exercise regimen burns fat, while at the same time building muscle. This may mean less dramatic weight loss, but since muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, the result is longer lasting. Exercising for 20 to 30 minutes three times a week can reverse years of cardio-neglect. Regular exercise strengthens the heart, resulting in more blood and oxygen flow throughout the body. At the same time, aerobic exercise lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both major health risks for many. Physical fitness helps you look young and be healthy. It keeps your body in top shape and provides you with the energy and stamina you need to pursue all your interests. It can prolong life, and most importantly exercise will help you stay fit and trim. You can control your weight and preserve a youthful shape with regular physical exercise. You’ll burn more fat and, over time, bring your body fat percentage into a healthy range. You’ll also increase your muscle mass. With more muscle mass your body burns more calories both while you are exercising and while you are at rest. With a little research you can learn which exercises will best help you to firm and shape specific areas of your body. Remember to maintain a balanced routine so as not to overwork or risk injury to a specific muscle group. As you shape and strengthen your muscles they are better able to help support your spine, a key factor in good posture. By stretching you can improve your flexibility and contribute to the smooth functioning of your joints. Together, healthy bones and muscles help you to keep your balance, move with agility and grace, and maintain a healthy and youthful appearance. Regular physical activity fortifies your immune system and helps you to avoid or recover more quickly from colds and other minor maladies. It can also help to prevent and in some cases reverse many chronic conditions we associate with aging: coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, some cancers, arthritis, osteoporosis, and depression. Fitness results in better coordination of muscles and an increase in strength, flexibility and stamina. While improvements in these areas certainly help athletic performance, they also help reduce the risk of injury — stronger, limber muscles are less susceptible to strain and sprain. If you are inactive, you lose muscle tone and strength. Your bones lose density making them fragile and prone to the debilitating fractures of osteoporosis. You might also be overweight, adding stress to both your heart and your skeletal support structure while increasing your risk for coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Regular exercise helps to burn fat, build muscle and restore bone strength. As muscle and bone take up their support positions, the strain on your cardiovascular, respiratory and skeletal systems is decreased. The efficiency of your heart and lungs increases and the energy formerly used to simply maintain your body is now available to use in daily activities. Add flexibility exercises to your routine and you can regain some of youth’s elasticity by increasing your joint mobility and range of motion while relieving back and joint pain. When we restore muscle tone and strength, fatigue melts away as our energy level increases. Regular aerobic exercise improves the health of your heart, lungs and circulatory system. Strength training increases your metabolism and builds lean muscle mass. The net result is increased stamina and endurance that allows you to play longer and harder while comfortably enjoying your daily activities without stress and strain.
Our bodies were designed to respond to physically demanding situations. When you add physical activity into your life you are dipping into the ‘Fountain of Youth.’ You can become trim and fit, reduce the risk of chronic disease, relieve fatigue and anxiety, minimize pain, and regain the youthful enthusiasm and energy you need to live your life to the fullest.
To obtain optimal health, you should ideally engage in exercises that will strengthen the heart, a strong heart helps reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, and lungs. You should participate in exercises that strengthen and tone muscles, as well as increase your energy level. Exercising regularly can help you maintain a healthy weight and simply help you feel and look better. A good exercise program has the ability to add a couple of years to your life. Those who exercise regularly, tend to be happier and laugh more, because exercise alleviates stress and anxiety. And, when a person attains better health through exercise, that person will generally have a healthier, more optimistic outlook on life. A keeping fit regimen offers many psychological benefits, but the biggest payoff comes from an improved self image and sense of well-being. An improved Sense of Well-Being can create, more energy ,less stress, improved quality of sleep, improved ability to cope with stress, increased mental acuity Achieving fitness goals leads to self confidence, improved body image, self awareness and esteem. In addition, the discipline necessary to accomplish personal fitness goals can have a positive effect on professional careers.