Why Exercise is Essential for Your Health

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Most people know that exercise is a critical component in maintaining a healthy balance in their daily lives. Still, we may not understand why or what physical activity can do for the human body.

It’s vital to keep in mind that we have evolved from nomadic predecessors who spent nearly all their days moving around in search of shelter and food, traveling long distances on a daily basis. Our bodies are intended and have developed to be continually active and move.

In the same capacity that a sports car is intended to go fast, we are designed to be in motion. If the sports car is brought out once a week for a 3-mile round trip through around the city, then it would presumably develop engine problems fairly quickly due to lake of movement  

Over time people to develop issues if they sit down all day at a desk or in front of the TV and reduce the quantity of exercise they do.

The Advantages of Exercise

There are several benefits of regular exercise and sustaining fitness, and these include:

Exercise increases energy levels

  • Exercise expands both the strength level and the endurance capability of your cardiovascular system to send oxygen and nutrients throughout your muscles. When your cardiovascular system operates better, everything becomes much more comfortable, and you have additional energy for the fun stuff in life.

Exercise improves muscle strength

  • Remaining active ensures your muscles stay healthy and joints, tendon, and ligaments are limber and flexible, enabling you to move more freely and prevent injury. Powerful muscles and ligaments decrease your risk of joint and lower back pain by preserving joints in strait-laced alignment. They also enhance coordination and balance.

Exercise can aid you to sustain a healthy weight

  • With more exercise, you will burn additional calories. You will also gain muscle, with a higher metabolic rate. With a higher metabolism, you will burn additional calories even while you’re not exercising. This will result in additional weight loss, and you may look better physically which can aid in boosting your self-confidence  

Exercise helps your brain function

  • Exercise enhances your blood flow and oxygen levels within your brain. It also stimulates the release of chemicals called (hormones) that are accountable or the production of cells in the hippocampus, the portion of the brain that regulates your memory and learning ability. This, in turn, increases your ability to concentrate and cognitive skills, helping reduce the chance of cognitive degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

There is remarkable evidence that individuals who lead active lifestyles are less prone to suffer from illness and more inclined to live longer.

Exercise is beneficial for your heart, as well. 

  • Exercise can help lower your LDL cholesterol (the unhealthy type cholesterol that clogs your arteries), improves your HDL (the good cholesterol) levels, and lessens blood pressure, so it decreases the stress on your heart — combined with the impact of strengthening your heart muscle. Add in keeping a healthy diet; exercise will lower the risk of forming coronary heart disease.

Daily exercise reduces your risk of forming type 2 diabetes

  • Routine exercise serves to manage blood glucose levels, which aids in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Also, exercise reduces the likelihood of becoming obese, which is the main factor in the advancement of type 2 diabetes.

Exercise helps builds up your immune system

  • Exercise enhances your body’s capacity to elevate oxygen and nutrients throughout your body that are required to fuel the cells that fight viruses and bacteria. 

Keeping active decreases the likelihood of contracting some degenerative bone diseases

  • Weight-bearing or resistance training, exercise such as walking, running, or weight lifting reduces your risk of both osteoporosis and osteoporosis – the saying “use it or lose it” really does pertain to bones.

Exercise can lessen the risk of particular types of cancers

  • Being fit can mean that the risks of colon cancer, breast cancer, and perhaps lung and endometrial cancers are lessened. According to studies conducted by Seattle, Cancer Research Centre has proposed that 35% of all cancer deaths are associated with being sedentary and overweight.

Exercise not only enables you physically healthier, but it also increases your mental health and comprehensive sense of well-being.

When your active, you will tend to sleep better than before. 

  • Physical activity will make you more tired, so you’re more ready to sleep. Good quality sleep helps promote overall wellness and can minimize stress levels.

Exercise will often improve your mood and gives you a greater sense of well-being

  • Physical activity excites the discharge of endorphins, which cause you to feel great and more comfortable in your skin. These, in turn, heighten your mood and reduce your stress levels.

Exercise can help limit and treat mental ailments like depression

  • Physical activity can assist you in meeting people, reducing your stress level, coping with disappointment and frustration, grants you a sense of accomplishment, and provide some valuable “me time,” all of which aid with depression.

Staying in Shape can reduce some of the adverse impacts of aging

Exercise should be fun and engaging, and something you look forward to.

Getting in Shape is not just about running on a treadmill for hours in your local gym, pr doing something laborious and mind-numbing, it can be a workout class or a new activity like biking or fencing. It could be a team activity like soccer or a spin class.

Whatever form of physical activity you decide, you’ll almost surely meet new people and potentially make new friends.

How Much Should you Exercise?

Based on research from the American College of Sports Medicine, existing guidance advises that to stay healthy, adults within the ages of19 and 64 should attempt to be active daily and follow these suggestions:

Cardio-respiratory Exercise

Cardiorespiratory exercise, often called ‘cardio,’ for short, is an exercise that enhances the heartbeat and breathing speed.

Such activities include walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, cycling, and team sports such as football, soccer, rugby, etc.

You should attempt to get at least two and a half hours or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity workout time per week. 

These suggestions can be achieved through 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (five times a week) or 20-60 minutes of strenuous-intensity exercise (three times a week) or a mixture of both types of workout. It also helps to mix cardio and strength training to ensure balance.

One continuous session mixed with multiple shorter sessions (of at least 10 minutes) is also adequate.

For those starting out, the gradual rise of exercise time, frequency, and intensity are advised. You are more keen to stay on track and circumvent injury if you start lightly.

Even if you can’t approach these minimum targets, you can still profit from some activity.

Resistance Exercise

Resistance exercise involves working the body’s muscle groups and building strength.

It is suggested that adults train each major muscle group two or three days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.

Very light or light intensity weight training is best for older persons or previously inactive adults new to exercise

  • Two to four sets of each exercise will aid adults to improve strength and power.
  • For your exercise intervals, 8-12 repetitions improve power and strength, 10-15 repetitions promote strength in middle-age and older persons beginning an exercise, while 15-20 repetitions develop muscular endurance.

It is suggested that adults should wait at least 48 hours between resistance training sessions.

Moderate vs. Vigorous Intensity

There are plenty of different techniques to classify the magnitude or impact of any exercise, some based on heart rate, some on recognized exertion, and some on how the exercise affects your metabolic rate.

Moderate-intensity exercise should raise your heart rate, make you breathe faster and make you warm enough to begin sweating

The vigorous-intensity workout will make you breathe hard, strengthen your heart rate significantly, and make you hot enough to sweat profusely.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that moderate-intensity exercise/movement enables you to talk but not to sing, whereas more vigorous activity happens in which you don’t have the ability to say more than a few words without resting for a breath.

Here are a few options of moderate-intensity exercise comprise of:

  • Badminton or doubles tennis
  • Brisk walking (100 steps/minute)
  • Swimming or aqua aerobics
  • Dancing
  • Gentle cycling (5-9mph)
  • Volleyball

A few options of vigorous-intensity exercise include:

  • Aerobics
  • Running
  • Competitive sports (football, basketball, rugby, etc.)
  • Power/quickly walking at 5mph or more, or trekking uphill briskly
  • Cycling faster than 10mph
  • Martial arts
  • Rowing
  • Skipping/jump rope

Overall it’s critical that just be an activity, any physical movement that gets you out about, using your muscles, and your heart rate up, as well as giving you enough pleasure to do it frequently and consistently is good for you in nearly every way.

Have fun, be healthy, and feel great!

Health Life Media Team