The benefits of physical exercise

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Physical fitness is a general state of one’s health and well-being, and more specifically, the ability to perform aspects of sports, occupations, and daily activities. It is generally achieved through proper nutrition, moderate vigorous physical exercise, physical activity, and sufficient rest. General health is improved with persistence in aerobic and anaerobic exercises. Physical exercise is never too much, as long as it is complemented with sufficient nutrition and rest. 

You will benefit from physical exercises regardless of your age or gender. Whether you are a man or woman, boy or girl, tall or short, ectomorph or endomorph, old or young, physical exercise is just as important to your health as eating balanced diet and having adequate sleep. You enjoy numerous health benefits when you exercise, but deprive yourself of these benefits when you don’t.

​Physical exercise becomes particularly more important as you grow older. Aged people seriously need to be physically active. It has been discovered that engaging in sedentary activities, such as watching TV for long hours, playing video games, reading books, working on your computer, or sitting and listening to music for long hours can have an adverse effect on your health if they are preventing you from carrying out physical activities. However young or old you are, get active. Move around, walk instead of taking the bus, engage in some sport activities, and avoid lying down all day. While sedentary activities will reduce your life span, physical exercise will increase it.  ​

It is advisable for people to exercise at least two and a half hours a week. However, it is more beneficial for people to cultivate a habit of exercising virtually regularly. Aerobic exercises are also known as cardiovascular training, and they include jogging, walking, treadmill, cycling, and swimming. These kinds of exercises, when performed moderately, tend to improve cardio health (i.e. the heart). Anaerobic exercises are also known as strength training, and they include push-ups, pull-ups, bench press, weight lifting, and sprinting. 

There are numerous health benefits from physical exercises. Exercising reduces stress, boost happy chemicals, prevents cognitive decline, alleviate anxiety, boost brain power, sharpen memory, help control addiction, increase relaxation, and help you tap into creativity. Other health benefits are weight management, prevention of heart disease and stroke, cancer, non-insulin dependent (type II) diabetes, obesity, back pain, and prevention of osteoporosis (loss of bone tissue).​

Physical exercise should be a challenging, yet enjoyable activity. It shouldn’t make your life feel like shit. You should see it as both a health requirement and a fun activity. You definitely need it for the betterment of your health, but it shouldn’t have to make your life feel miserable. Therefore, skipping, swimming, taking a stroll, playing a sport, and pushing barbells should be engaged in, not only for their health benefits, but also because they are quite fun.

​Although, it is a general practice to eat three meals a day, there is actually nothing wrong with eating way more meals, as long as you balance your nutrition with sufficient exercise and rest. Eating about five meals a day, if you can afford it, will help improve your health, just as doing more exercise and having more rest would. The most important thing is being able to balance your consumption of food with sufficient exercise and enough rest.