Everyone knows the benefits of exercise is losing weight. What is less well known are the benefits of exercise in keeping a healthy body, regardless of weight. If you are lacking the motivation to adopt a regular exercise plan, take a look at these benefits of regular workout sessions.
Any type of movement that requires your heart to beat faster and you to become breathless is considered exercise. Fast walking, racquetball, or heavy gardening can provide enough stimuli to work your heart and lungs.
Exercise is considered beneficial from a medical standpoint because regularly used muscles require more oxygen than idle ones. When you exercise, you breathe in deeply to supply that oxygen to your muscles. Your heart beats more quickly to move the oxygenated blood through your bloodstream and your lungs become larger and more efficient to supply more of it.
Heart disease is one of the most common forms of sickness in the world. It accounts for nearly a third of the deaths in the United States, and is the lead cause of death for women. When thinking of these statistics, it is very easy to understand the benefits of a healthy resilient heart. An idle heart, like any other rarely used muscle, can become feeble and unable to work as it should. Several studies suggest that desk workers who do not exercise are twice as likely to have some form of heart disease over the course of their life.
A reasonable, regular amount of exercise is the most beneficial for your body. Recommendations for exercise ask that a person get one hour of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Athletes may exercise at high levels of physical activity for four or more hours in a day, but experts agree that anything more than two hours a day is counterproductive for the average person. Excessive exercise of four hours or more can lead to abnormal wearing of the joints and increase chances for injury.
The best plan is to schedule an hour or so of physical activity. Dynamic exercise is considered the most beneficial type of physical activity. These are activities that most people label as cardio, such as swimming, biking, or jogging. If done vigorously enough to cause sweating and heavy breathing this form of exercise will encourage a healthy heart, lungs and muscles.
Exercises such as these are most beneficial to the participant because they engage the largest set of muscles in your body. The large amount of muscle tissue in your legs puts extra demand on your body for oxygen. That is why cardio activities require vigorous leg movements. Swimming is considered one of the better forms of cardio because it fully engages both arms and legs.
Regular cardio also encourages joints to stay in good condition. If not used regularly, joints can become stiff and weak. This is why when beginning an exercise program you should start gradually to avoid injury to the joints. Your joints, after long periods of inactivity are not as stable as an athlete’s joints. The muscles that connect to the joints and help stabilize the area may also be weak, increasing the chance of injury.
Exercises that do not cause heavy breathing or sweating are called static activities. These are exercises such as strength training. Strength training can help you build muscle, which is important for your metabolism and body, but it does not strengthen the heart. It can, however, help you keep bone mass, especially in women.
Long periods of inactivity can have a terrible affect on your body. If you have ever been sick with the flu and forced to bed for several days, you should remember the weakness you felt afterwards. Lack of exercise causes this weakness, preventing strong bones, heart, lungs, and muscles.
Despite the physical benefits of exercise, many people are surprised at the mental benefits it can bring. People report better sleep after beginning an exercise program, as well as a better quality of rest. When they are awake they are able to concentrate more easily. Exercise can also help you better deal with stress and release endorphins that make you feel happier. There is also the psychological benefit of taking time out of your day to focus on yourself.
If this article has convinced you to commit to more regular exercise, check with your doctor before beginning. He will be able to make recommendations for beginning exercises and the length of time you should devote to workouts. Once you begin, understand that exercising regularly will take some getting used to, so give yourself permission to start slowly.