We all know the importance and benefits of exercise. Exercise builds your muscles, gets you those six-pack abs, makes your blood flow better, makes you stronger and more confident. There are enough reasons to start exercising regularly, yet most of us don’t do it. Why? Because exercise also requires time, commitment, and patience, which is challenging in our busy lives. So until we actually need to exercise because of deteriorating health, most of us don’t do it.
But why wait until others tell us to do something that we can do ourselves?
Start now. Find reasons to exercise (not that anyone needs it.)
First, What Is Exercise?
Exercise is any activity that requires physical effort and is performed to sustain or improve health and fitness.
That could be going to the gym and lifting heavyweights.
Daily walks and runs.
Cycling for commuting.
Taking the stairs.
Any labor-intensive work (like in agriculture, construction, etc.)
If you already do these things, that’s great! Now all you need to do is increase the challenges of your exercise, and make sure you regularly push your limits to achieve your fitness goals.
“Why Should I Exercise? I Don’t Want To Bulk Up, I Don’t Want Six-Pack Abs.”
Many people think that exercise is for the vanity of the body: the big muscles, toned flexes, and six-pack abs. But all these things are a ‘by-product’ of exercise, not its purpose. Exercise is mainly meant to improve the quality of your life physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Be it building stamina and muscle strength, maintaining your weight, regulating your mood, feeling confident, or overcoming anxiety, depression, and insomnia: exercise is the only solution you need for all these problems.
Is Exercising Worth It?
Simple answer: yes, exercising is absolutely worth it. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. There are many benefits to following this method of exercise.
Physical Benefits Of Exercising:
1. Exercise boosts muscle strength, and hence stamina and energy
How do you know you are low on stamina and energy? Think of these situations:
- Do you get tired easily by carrying heavy groceries?
- Are you exhausted after running after your children for a few minutes?
- Do daily chores tire you too much?
The answer to these situations is likely to be a ‘yes’ if you don’t exercise.
This can be changed by regular exercise. How? Well, when you exercise, your muscles get micro-tears, which then repair themselves over the next few days. During this repair, the muscles form a better, stronger matrix, that improves your muscle strength. Exercise also delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, which improve the health of your cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), leading to more stamina and energy.
2. Exercise controls weight
Exercise can help you gain weight (by gaining muscles), lose weight (by losing fat), and maintain a healthy mass index. This is mainly achieved by the burning of calories. Of course, your diet must work hand-in-hand with the exercise to control your weight the best.
3. Exercise combats health conditions and diseases
You can reduce the risk of most health conditions through regular exercise. This is because exercise boosts the “good” cholesterol (HDL: high-density lipoprotein) in your body and decreases the “bad” triglycerides. This promotes smooth blood flow, reducing your risk of heart conditions.
Regular exercise can prevent health problems like stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis, and even cancer.
Mental Benefits Of Exercising:
1. Exercise improves mood and reduces anxiety
Regular exercise has proven to stimulate brain chemicals and make you happier and less anxious. Over a period of weeks, seeing the physical changes in yourself will also boost your confidence, and significantly improve your mood.
2. Exercise helps you sleep better
If you find it difficult to fall asleep at night, it is probably because of all the pent up energy in you that had no release throughout the day. While exercising, your energy is used in the physical workout, helping you fall asleep faster and better.
Tips For A Proper Workout [Your Techniques Matter!]
1. Use proper form
Your form is very important when it comes to exercising. A proper form not only improves and maximizes the benefits from each exercise but also minimizes the risk of injury. In fact, a proper form is even more important than the numbers: it is better to do 5 deadlifts in the correct form than to do 20 crunches in the wrong form only to meet your number of repetitions.
2. Learn breathing techniques
A commonly ignored technique of exercising is breathing. You must learn when to breathe in and breathe out for each workout, rather than just holding your breath in.
3. Take rest
After you train any muscle, they need time to repair themselves. So give your muscles a proper break and don’t work the same muscles over and over again. For example, you can keep alternating between arms and shoulders, and legs and core.
4. Ask for professional help
Asking for the professional help from a personal trainer is especially beneficial if you are new to working out. They will help you with a proper workout plan that will train all your muscles, and also teach you the proper techniques of exercising.
So, You Should Exercise Because…
… because it improves the quality of your life! Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, become physically stronger, become emotionally happier, or be more mentally healthier, exercise is the key to achieving all these goals.
Exercising regularly will make you feel better inside out, which means you’ll lead a ‘new and improved’ version of your personal and professional life.
If you are ready to lead a better life, start exercising now!