Exercise plays an important role in our overall physical health and wellness.
Why would you exercise?
People exercise for different reason. The reasons may vary from shedding of pounds for someone who has great weight and wants to be shed some to someone who is doing it for appearance purposes such as gaining muscle tones. Some to stay healthy even as they do so with good diet while some may do it out of necessity to fight diseases or control diseases.
So what is your own motivation?
There are a thousand and one benefits derived from exercise.
- Weight Effects
One of the most noticeable effects is the physical changes that occur due to loss of body fat. As you exercise, your body burns calories.
- Heart Effects
When you exercise, noticeable effects occur in the heart. When you flex your muscles, you are helping your heart too, which is a muscle as well. As this is done, the heart is alert to pump blood more easily through the body which in turn reduces pressure on the vascular walls and in turn lowers blood pressure.
As you do this, there is an increase in the HDL cholesterol levels, reducing bad LDL and inflammation of the arteries. All these affect the heart .
- Disease Prevention
Several other diseases are reduced when you exercise. For example, it helps increase the effectiveness of insulin production and use thereby reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Psychological effects
It brings along with it a ‘feel good’ thinking. One of the critical areas it has been discovered that it helps in the case of anxiety and depression. It also helps body produces some ‘feel good’ chemicals’ called endorphin, which can help naturally treat factors that contribute to depression and anxiety.
Whatever form you choose to engage it shouldn’t be one that stresses you or leaves you incapacitated after. Hence, pick that which best suits your strength and stamina. It is not a punishment that you must serve till you begin to feel pain however, consistency is key.