Why Exercise?


Why Exercise?

Carrying around too much weight feels uncomfortable and can also be detrimental to your health. We always overlook the simple things, especially when it comes to working out. We have evolved from nomadic ancestors who spent all their time moving around in search of food and shelter, travelling large distances on a daily basis. Our bodies are designed and have evolved to be regularly active. You may not realize this but over time people will develop problems if they sit down all day at a desk or in front of the TV and minimize the amount of exercise they do. If you’re living a sedentary lifestyle, which more of us are prone to doing as technology takes away physical barriers for our work, you could be increasing your risk of heart disease.

Exercise has been shown to improve mental health, especially in those suffering from depression or anxiety disorders. Across many studies, evidence has piled together to prove that regular physical activity is effective in preventing several different chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity and osteoporosis. Combining exercise with a healthy diet is a more effective way to lose weight than depending on calorie restriction alone.

Exercise is helpful for weight loss and maintaining weight loss.  Exercising increases metabolism or to say how many calories you burn in a day. It helps you to maintain and increase lean body mass, which in turn also helps increase number of calories you burn each day. To reap the health benefits of exercise, it is recommended that you to perform some form of aerobic exercise at least three times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes per session. However, more than 20 minutes is better if you want to actually lose weight. Incorporating just 15 minutes of moderate exercise such as walking a few kilometers on a daily basis will burn extra calories.

A big advantage of working out with weights is that, in addition to shedding fat, you’ll build muscle. Muscle, in turn, burns calories. Staying active keeps muscles strong and joints, tendons and ligaments flexible, allowing you to move more easily and avoid injury. Muscle tissue burns three times as many calories as fat, even when you’re doing nothing more strenuous than watching television. Weight training is especially helpful as you age, because it keeps your bones strong and helps prevent osteoporosis, among other conditions.

Most people are aware the body needs sleep. After all, sooner or later we get tired. The more physical activity you do, the more the muscles and nervous system will break down in the natural course of experiencing stress on the body. That rebuilding is done during sleep for most part. So naturally, the more you do, the more time it’s going to take to rebuild those systems, and the more sleep you need. We must all be conscious of the importance of the recovery process – especially those hours when we are unconscious.

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