Student Article-The Importance of Exercise

The Importance of Exercise

Abigail Rus-Neacsu

Exercise—for some people it brings the idea of enjoyment, and others wish it wasn’t ever needed. But what else does exercise do besides keeping people “skinny”? After reading this article, I hope is that you come to understand why exercise is necessary and how it can become enjoyable.

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First, I would like to discuss what happens in our bodies when we exercise. When we begin to exercise, our bodies demand more oxygen requiring us to breathe more deeply and as result, expand our lung capacity. When you have a greater lung capacity, you have more endurance in being able to run longer, holding your breathe more underwater, etc. Because our bodies need more oxygen, our hearts begin to beat faster trying to supply the cells with oxygen. When this happens, the heart becomes stronger, new blood vessels begin to form, and your resting heart rate decreases. Also, when we exercise, our body cannot supply our muscles demand for oxygen, so tiny tears burst and lactic acid fills them allowing them to become larger and more powerful.

Our joints are also bones are also affected, and exercise helps maintain bone mass. Exercise also helps more blood reach the brain and increases your concentration. If you exercise regularly, it will also stimulate the production of new brain cells. If that wasn’t enough to stimulate you to start exercising though, we shall throw in several more facts. Exercise helps prevent several cancers, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. It also helps relieve anxiety and encourages a better sleep.

Lastly, it increases longevity and keeps you slim. (And who doesn’t want to live long and look good?!) The benefits of exercise are countless and many more things could be stated on the assets of it. Now that you know what it does for you, we are going to move on to some tips that can help you enjoy exercise more.

Number one: accept yourself. You may be surprised why I said this, but many people feel too insecure to go out into the world and exercise because they aren’t Hollywood perfect. No one is! So give yourself a break and work with your body instead of against it.

Number two: find a type of exercise you enjoy. If you don’t seem to enjoy any type, at least try every type of exercise accessible to you. Variety is good and you may be surprised how it good feels to something new.

Number three: find someone to exercise with. That way you can encourage each other, and time seems to fly by faster when you’re with someone. If you don’t have someone to exercise with use your exercise time to observe and appreciate your surroundings or listen to some music (such as classical) that will leave your ears refreshed as well.

Number four: establish a routine. This may be harder, but when a routine becomes a habit your body itself will move with you as one force to get moving.

Number five: join health clubs and online health groups. You may be surprised how much your online news feed influences you. Fill your social networks with positive feed that motivates you to get off the couch rather than sitting there and beginning to salivate at the junk food ad. Online groups allow you to share concerns about your routine and motivate each other.

Number six: watch health movies. Although this is fairly parallel to tip number four, I feel that it is necessary to emphasize it. The more good feed your brain receives, the more good things will come out. I hope this article inspired and gave you understanding on why it is important to exercise.

As John F. Kennedy once said, “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” So start exercising today!

Sources:

“This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Exercise”

http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2013/09/20/exercise-health-benefits.aspx

“The Benefits of Physical Activity” http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/staying-active-full-story/