Once we understanding the benefits of exercise and how our bodies react during an exercise session, it becomes a great driving force to always ensure that regular exercise is part of our daily routine.
When we exercise, our bodies undergo many actions that are extremely
beneficial to our overall health; we shouldn't ignore the facts. Let's discover the benefits of exercise.
Exercise means muscle activity and when our muscles are active, the rest of our body responds. Virtually every system in our entire body does something to help the muscles do their work.
When our muscles move, they require extra blood and oxygen. Our heart beats faster to deliver more blood, and our lungs and respiratory systems increase ventilation to allow more oxygen in the blood.
This increased blood flow expands the blood vessels which involves all organs to participate in delivering blood to the muscles. The working muscle receives its necessary blood and oxygen and begins to produce heat, since the body must cool itself down, the skin begins to sweat.
During this process, our cells; produce healthy hormones, reduce metabolic waste and toxins, receive vital nutrients and initiate regeneration throughout our body. Every cell in our entire body responds in some way to exercise and this is only the beginning. Let’s consider other benefits of exercise.
These benefits of exercise are quite significant, for they help our bodies become and stay healthy. As we consider each benefit, it’s plain to see just how imperative regular exercise is on a daily basis. Additionally satisfying, is the way our bodies and minds feel after an exercise session; our skin glows, our mind’s in high spirits and our body feels healthy and strong.
Everyone can and should participate is some form of physical exercise regardless of age or fitness level. Since we are all different; our exercise sessions will be as well. Exercise is a very personal thing; we must select a form of exercise that is right for each of us.
To receive all the benefits of exercise we must incorporate three different types of exercises into our weekly routine. These types are; aerobic exercise, muscle strength/resistance exercise and flexibility/stretching exercise. We can combine all three within one exercise session or perform them individually on separate days.
Aerobic Exercise: This exercise gets our heart pumping and is extremely important for cardiovascular health and endurance. There are many types of aerobic exercises, which is fantastic because it means there is something for everyone. The secret to aerobic exercise is to choose an activity we enjoy, so we are more likely to stick with it.
Muscle Strength/Resistance Exercise: This exercise strengthens and tones muscles which helps increase bone mass, increase metabolism, prevent injury and maintain healthy body weight.
Stretching Exercise: Stretching helps increase flexibility, improves physical performance, prevents injury, increases relaxation and helps heal the mind.
Some days it may be hard to fit exercise into our busy lives. However, once we understand the benefits of exercise and how it impacts our body and mind, this gives us reasons to exercise.
Every day, we can make time for exercise, for we can wake up a bit earlier, go to sleep a little later, use part of our lunch time or simply stick to a designated time each day. Be sure to select an enjoyable activity so we can have fun while we stay healthy!
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