Is it just a fad or are there actual health benefits?
Should everyone Exercise?
What motivates people to exercise?
These are many legit questions that are worth asking at the thought of embarking on any exercise trail. Diligence is required to reap the rewards of exercising so you should not just started without equipping yourself with the right info at the risk of either under- or over-exerting yourself!
So yes, if you are a pro-healthy living, life loving cheerful person, consider this as a countdown (in no particular order though) to some fabulous reasons why everyone should actually exercise. And to be fair, I have excluded the obvious most common motivating reason: to have a desirable physique!
Key Health Benefits of Exercising
1. Achieving your Weight loss goals
Although the popular notion that the primary aim of exercise is for weight loss and/or body building, exercising has much more to offer. Weight loss as a key health benefit of exercise needs to be rightly categorized: as a long-term goal.
Obviously, the weight loss part is probably sold too heavily to people starting fitness programs and as human experience has shown, people have trouble sticking with something if they don’t see results quickly. So whatever weight loss goal you have when starting a fitness program, don’t make it your only goal but it could be a good place to start.
2. Ward-off your risk of Chronic Diseases and complications
Physical activity and exercising is indispensible in both the prevention and management of hypertension, coronary heart diseases (heart attacks) and diabetes all of which are directly linked to obesity. Simple lifestyle modifications like ‘being on the move’ and making conscious efforts to exercise are highly recommended by health practitioners for the control of many chronic diseases. Other examples of lifestyle modifications are dieting/healthy eating, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake.
3. Exercise notably helps in Cancer prevention
With respect to cancer prevention, exercising earns a high recommendation indirectly from its fat burning ability. But in addition, exercise directly supports the excretion of toxic waste from the body, especially the cell damaging and cancer causing ‘free radicals’. The role of exercising as a cancer preventive measure has been particularly documented for cases of breast cancer (where it is linked to decreasing hormonal levels in premenopausal women).
4. Getting the most of your meals
Did you know that physical activity improves digestion and the absorption of nutrients from food? While severe stress interferes with food digestion, Exercise actually increases utilization of nutrition.
Exercise sends nutrients and oxygen to the muscles and other tissues in your body and makes your heart and lungs work more efficiently thereby helping with blood circulation.
5. Brain Power
It will interest you to know that exercise doesn’t only give power to your muscle but to your brain also. Physical exercise has been discovered to improve the “brain power” by helping mental function. Exercising increases energy levels as well as promotes the secretion of serotonin in the brain which leads to improved mental clarity/boost that makes for results in a more productive day. It also aids memory and so decreases the gravity of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in old age.
6. Enjoy Fitness to the very core
Exercise helps to tone the muscles, strengthen the bones and firm up cartilages. This reduces the odds of having some of those aches or body pains often experienced in late adulthood grossly due to physical inactivity. It is certainly beneficial in easing the pains of arthritis in old age. In a nutshell, regular exercising is a free ticket to a lifestyle of staying healthy.