If you don\’t exercise, your muscles will become flabby and weak. Your heart and lungs won\’t function efficiently. And your joints will be stiff and easily injured. Inactivity is as much of a health risk as smoking! Our bodies were meant to move — they actually crave exercise. Regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. It can improve your appearance and delay the aging process. When you exercise, your body uses energy to keep going. Aerobic exercise involves continuous and rhythmic physical motion, such as walking and bicycling. It improves your stamina by training your body to become more efficient and use less energy for the same amount of work. As your conditioning level improves, your heart rate and breathing rate return to resting levels much sooner from strenuous activity. Exercising with weights and other forms of resistance training develops your muscles, bones and ligaments for increased strength and endurance. Your posture can be improved, and your muscles become more firm and toned.
You not only feel better, but you look better, too! Stretching exercises are also important for good posture. They keep your body limber so that you can bend, reach and twist. Improving your flexibility through exercise reduces the chance of injury and improves balance and coordination. If you have stiff, tense areas, such as the upper back or neck, performing specific stretches can help \”loosen\” those muscles, helping you feel more relaxed. Exercise is also a key to weight control because it burns calories. If you burn off more calories than you take in, you lose weight. It\’s as simple as that. Once you begin to exercise regularly, you will discover many more reasons why exercise is so important to improving the quality of your life. Exercise reduces stress, lifts moods, and helps you sleep better. It can keep you looking and feeling younger throughout your entire life. How Often Should I Exercise? The benefits of any exercise program will diminish if it\’s disrupted too frequently. A \”stop-start\” routine is not only ineffective, but can cause injuries.
Being consistent with exercise, therefore, is probably the most important factor in achieving desired results. People often assume that more is better. Wrong! Doing too much too soon or performing intense exercises on a daily basis will have deleterious effects, such as muscle/tendon strains, loss of lean tissue, and fitness-level plateaus. If you are a beginner, start off slower than you think you should. Three days per week is realistic, safe and effective. If you are experienced, do cardiovascular (aerobic) exercises such as walking, jogging and bicycling for no more than 200 minutes per week with no more than 60 minutes per session. Weight training should be done no more than three times per week targeting the same muscle groups. Exercise the same muscle groups on non-consecutive days because muscles need adequate time to recover and cannot be effectively trained if they are tired or sore. Many people forget to stretch or make the excuse that they don\’t have the time. Flexibility is important, so make the time!
Stretching can be done every day, but stick to a minimum of three times per week in order to reap the benefits. When the body is warmed up, such as after a workout session, perform five to 10 stretches that target the major muscle groups. Hold each stretch for 10-30 seconds.
Weвve all heard that exercise is important в but do you know why? Exercise has all sorts of benefits. В The occupational therapists at Primary Childrenвs have come up with a list of 10 reasons why exercise will help you and your family live a happier and healthier life. Exercise increases your energy level. Exercising delivers oxygen and nutrients to your whole body helping it to work more efficiently and boost your endurance. Exercise and other physical activities are often great opportunities to socialize. Going to the playground, joining a sports team or going to the local recreation center are all great ways to meet new people. Being physically active will keep you healthy. Research says that engaging in 30 minutes of exercise a day is all you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Exercise makes you happier! Physical activity releases chemicals in your brain called endorphins that are known to make you feel happier and more relaxed. Regular physical activity has been proven to help prevent a wide variety of health problems. Exercise can be fun! Often times exercise can be a part of some your favorite daily activities, such as walking the dog, going to the playground, or riding your bike. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight. Exercise is good for your heart! It helps maintain a healthy blood pressure and improves circulation. Regular physical activity helps you sleep better. When you are active during the day, you typically fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer. Exercise is good for your mind, body, and soul. Now that weвve given some reasons why exercise is so important, you need to think about what are you going to do to live a healthier and happier life. Set a goal for yourself and pick one activity you are going to commit to this week. В Then keep going with it the next week or find a new activity to try.