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Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health. It is performed for many different reasons. These include: strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance and for enjoyment. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent the "diseases of affluence" such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. It also improves mental health and helps prevent depression. Childhood obesity is a growing global concern and physical exercise may help decrease the effects of childhood obesity in developed countries.
In the long term, exercise is beneficial to the brain by:
increasing the blood and oxygen flow to the brain
increasing growth factors that help create new nerve cells and promote synaptic plasticity increasing chemicals in the brain that help cognition, such as dopamine, glutamate, norepinephrine, and serotonin
Physical exercise is important for maintaining physical fitness and can contribute positively to maintaining a healthy weight, building and maintaining healthy bone density, muscle strength, and joint mobility, promoting physiological well-being, reducing surgical risks, and strengthening the immune system.
Exercise also reduces levels of cortisol, thereby benefiting health. Cortisol is a stress hormone that builds fat in the abdominal region, making weight loss difficult. Cortisol causes many health problems, both physical and mental.
Frequent and regular aerobic exercise has been shown to help prevent or treat serious and life-threatening chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, insomnia, and depression. Strength training appears to have continuous energy-burning effects that persist for about 24 hours after the training, though they do not offer the same cardiovascular benefits as aerobic exercises do.
Also, what are the mental benefits of exercise…?
•Exercise Benefit #1…Increased energy: The right combination of exercise and nutrition creates an hormonal environment conducive to fat loss, increased muscle strength and increased energy. When your body is working at peak efficiency, your energy levels soar!
Everyday things become much easier to do.
•Exercise Benefit #2…Increased Self-Esteem: Gaining control of your body size and weight through fitness is an amazing way to increase self-esteem. You look better and are more confident which empowers you in everything you do. You will find that the self-discipline required and learned through regular exercise spills over into other areas of your life and you will be better able to make other necessary and desireable changes.
•Exercise Benefit #3…Increase Mental Focus: Did you know that the latest research shows that exercise helps keep the brain sharp well into old age? Anything that involves mental acuity (focus and concentration) is improved. You also stand a much better chance of avoiding such diseases as Alzheimer's and senility.
•Exercise Benefit #4…Decreased Risk of a Heart Attack: By exercising regularly and making positive changes in your diet, you lower your cholesterol and blood pressure and greatly diminish the chances of having a heart attack.
•Exercise Benefit #5…Decreased Risk of Osteoporosis: Regular exercise, especially weight-bearing exercise, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and can even reverse it buy building bone tissue!
•Exercise Benefit #6…Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer by up to 60% Estradiol and progesterone, two ovarian hormones linked to breast cancer tumor production are lowered in the body by exercise.
A womans body is most susceptible to these hormones during the time between ovulation and menstruation. Habitual exercise can actually delay ovulation until later in the menstrual cycle. This reduces the time she must fight these hormones.
Fat has long been known to be a catalyst in the production of estrogen (estradiol). Regular exercise burns body fat and thus decreases the rate of estrogen production.
So there you have it!… A two pronged, cancer preventing exercise benefit!
•Exercise Benefit #7…Increased Strength and Stamina: Every physical thing you do becomes easier which is immensely useful in everyday life.
•Exercise Benefit #8…Reduced Depression: The production of Endorphins (Feel good hormones) is increased through exercise. Nothing improves mood and suppresses depression better than those endorphins.
•Exercise Benefit #9…Decreased Stress Levels: The worries and stresses of everyday living (commuting, work demands, conflicts etc.) can stick with you long after the work day is done. Exercise right after work is the perfect natural therapy that can change your mood. You'll sleep better too!
•Exercise Benefit #10…Well actually, here are another 50 benefits…
◦Enhances quality of sleep.
◦Adds a sparkle and radiance to complexion.
◦Improves body shape.
◦Tones and firms muscles.
◦Provides more muscular definition.
◦Enables weight loss and keeps it off.
◦Makes you limber.
◦Burns extra calories.
◦Improves circulation and helps reduce blood pressure.
◦Increases lean muscle tissue in the body.
◦Improves appetite for healthy foods.
◦Alleviates menstrual cramps.
◦Alters and improves muscle chemistry.
◦Increases metabolic rate.
◦Enhances coordination and balance.
◦Eases and possibly eliminates back problems and pain.
◦Makes the body use calories more efficiently.
◦Lowers resting heart rate.
◦Increases muscle size through an increase in muscle fibers.
◦Improves body composition.
◦Increases body density.
◦Decreases fat tissue more easily.
◦Makes body more agile.
◦Is the greatest body tune-up.
◦Reduces joint discomfort.
◦Improves athletic performance.
◦May add a few years to life.
◦Increases your range of motion.
◦Enhances immune system.
◦Improves glycogen storage.
◦Enables the body to utilize energy more efficiently.
◦Increases enzymes in the body which burn fat.
◦Increases the number and size of mitochondria in muscle cells.
◦Increases concentration of myoglobin (carries oxygen in muscles) in skeletal muscles.
◦Enhances oxygen transport throughout the body.
◦Improves liver functioning.
◦Increases speed of muscle contraction and reaction time.
◦Enhances feedback through the nervous system.
◦Strengthens the heart.
◦Improves blood flow.
◦Helps to alleviate varicose veins.
◦Increases maximum cardiac output.
◦Increases contractility of the heart's ventricles.
◦Increases the weight and size of the heart.
◦Improves contractile function of the whole heart.
◦Makes calcium transport in the heart and body more efficient.
I never get much exercise rather than to walk a while. I read where exercise can help not just physically but mentally as well. What kind of exercise should I do daily and what are the health benefits that I should expect to feel?
Well the more you exercise will produce more benefits. For example a daily mile run will burn more calories than a daily mile walk.
Daily exercise is good, (in my opinion especially in the morning in the morning) because it helps your metabolism to burn calories throughout the day.
Even if you don't work out in the morning, daily exercise builds endurance and overtime you will be able to work out harder, better, faster and stronger to burn more calories, lose weight, etc.
Mentally, exercise is good because you aren't sitting around all day long. Like that one commercial says, if you have seen it, a body at rest tends to stay at rest and an active body tends to stay active, producing a healthier and happier lifestyle.
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