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If you find your resolve to exercise weakening, read these benefits of exercise—they’ll fire you up again
In today’s world, we need to make a determined effort to be active. Regular exercise reduces the risk of illness by as much as 20 – 50 per cent. To keep our bodies functioning efficiently, we need to fit in exercise into our busy lives.
Physical activity helps you look and feel better. Your posture, stamina, balance and energy levels improve. You even sleep better, and can combat depression and stress easily. You begin losing weight and enjoy higher immunity levels.
Need more reasons to exercise? Take a look at what exercise does:
Not only does regular exercise help you keep disease at bay, but also helps in existing conditions. Here’s what it does:
Obesity is associated with several health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, hypertension and osteoarthritis. Exercise, coupled with a good diet, is the ideal way to lose weight.
Exercise improves glucose regulation, reduces excess weight and the risk for heart disease, and regularises cholesterol levels. If you’re a diabetic, the timing of exercise, the amount of insulin injected and the injection site are important factors to consider before exercise.
Regular low-impact aerobic exercise is known to bring down systolic as well as diastolic blood pressure by an average of 10mm Hg.
Avoiding exercise is the commonest mistake we make. In time, this leads to stiffness in the joints and reduced strength. Stretching exercises are important to preserve range of motion and flexibility around each joint.
Our body contains 200 bones that make up its framework. Bones need calcium as a source of nourishment. The right kind of exercise done on a regular basis improves calcium absorption in the bones, resulting in greater bone density.
Regular exercise strengthens the heart muscle, and keeps the blood vessels working in optimal condition. Exercise makes the heart more resistant to stress, heart attack and heart disease.
A well-structured exercise routine should include cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility training—three sides of a fitness triangle.
Often neglected, this aspect of fitness is as important as cardiovascular and strength training. Include stretching in the warm-up or cool-down phase of your exercise session. Better still, do a yoga or stretch or pilates routine 2 – 3 times a week.