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  • Hardeep Singh

#27 - All the reasons why EXERCISE is NO-BRAINER

“If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented,” Dr. Nick Cavill

Exercise is the miracle cure we have always had it but for too long we have neglected to take our recommended dose. Our health is now suffering as a consequence.This is no snake oil. Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life.

Health benefits - It seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It’s essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age. There are many benefits of regular exercise and maintaining fitness, these include:

Exercise increases energy levels – Exercise improves both the strength and the efficiency of your cardiovascular system to get the oxygen and nutrients to your muscles.  When your cardiovascular system works better everything seems easier and you have more energy for the fun stuff in life.

Exercise improves muscle strength– Staying active keeps muscles strong and keeps joints, tendons, and ligaments flexible. This allows you to move more easily and avoid injury. Strong muscles and ligaments reduce your risk of joint and lower back pain by keeping joints in proper alignment. They also improve coordination and balance.

Exercise can help you to maintain a healthy weight – The more you exercise, the more calories you burn.  In addition, the more muscle you develop, the higher your metabolic rate becomes, so you burn more calories even when you are not exercising.  The result?  You may lose weight and look better physically which will boost your self-esteem.

Exercise improves brain function – Exercise increases blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain. It also encourages the release of the brain chemicals (hormones) that are responsible for the production of cells in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory and learning.  This in turn, boosts concentration levels and cognitive ability and also helps reduce the risk of cognitive degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Exercise is good for your heart – Exercise reduces LDL cholesterol (the type that clogs your arteries), increases HDL (the good cholesterol) and reduces blood pressure so it lowers the stress on your heart.  Adding to this, it also strengthens your heart muscle. Combined with a healthy diet, exercise lowers the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Regular exercise lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise helps to control blood glucose levels, which helps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Additionally, exercise helps to prevent obesity which is a primary factor in the development of type 2 diabetes.

Exercise enhances your immune system – Exercise improves your body’s ability to pump oxygen and nutrients around your body that are required to fuel the cells that fight bacteria and viruses. Staying active reduces the likelihood of developing some degenerative bone diseases. Weight bearing exercise such as running, walking or weight training lowers your risk of both osteoarthritis and osteoporosis – the adage of “use it or lose it” really does apply to bones.

Exercise may help to reduce the risk of certain cancers – Being fit may mean that the risks of colon cancer, breast cancer and possibly also lung and endometrial cancers are reduced. Studies by the Seattle Cancer Research Centre have suggested that 35% of all cancer deaths are linked to individuals being overweight and inactive. Exercise not only makes you physically fitter but it also improves your mental health and a general sense of well-being.

Active people tend to sleep better – Physical activity makes you more tired so you are more ready to sleep. Good quality sleep helps improve overall wellness and can reduce stress. Exercise improves your mood and gives you an improved sense of well-being. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins which make you feel better and more relaxed.  These, in turn, improve your mood and lowers your stress levels.

Exercise can help prevent and treat mental illnesses like depression – Physical activity can help you meet people, reduce stress levels, cope with frustration, give you a sense of achievement and provide some important “me time”, all of which help with depression. Keeping fit can reduce some of the effects of aging.

Exercising really is the fountain of youth that we are all ought to be drinking from to maintain our health.  Based on my perspective it is a no brainer, we should all be exercising. It is an investment which has no downside and great upside.we as humans are only given one physical body on the earth. Now if you recall I compared the human body to a car and said you only going to have this one car aka one body for life. I am certain if you had one car for life, you would invest time, energy, labour and mental power to ensure that your cars parts are in good health and work efficiently for what you require the car to do?

The same principal applies to your human body is well. You only have one body. I highly recommended that you learn how to fine tune it. When our car breaks down, our first response is to go get the best mechanic and get it fixed. But with our physical body, we do the freaking opposite. Instead of going to see the doctor or starting an exercise plan, we decided to take chemicals or pharmaceutical pills to mask the problem. This is an extremely dangerous way to treat your body as all you do is mask the problem and suppress it more. I am sure that we all have met some imbecile, who always brags about his car. You know, “0 -60 in 3.6666 sec, 500 Horsepower.” Some people value their car so much, spending countless pounds on getting it serviced and adding a new upgrade, new gadgets. But when it comes to looking after their physical health, the person usually looks like pear shaped potato. I am not judging the person based on their appearance, but merely asking a question which is:

  • What about your health?

  • When was the last you worked out?

  • When was the last time you had a medical check-up or invested some money in improving your health?

We have got so busy chasing the new shiny object and getting validation from others. Anybody who gets his mind diverted from what is important and valuable is doomed to suffer health problems. We need to change this way of thinking and treat our body as the most important physical equipment in the world, because from your point of view it is. I say this because everything depends on your health, wealth is no good if you neglect your health. You cannot enjoy the riches you gained by sheer hard work, due to poor health problems so by making your body or health a priority, you ensure you achieve your maximum potential in life and have fulfilled life. You will not miss out on any endeavour, adventure or ride, due to the faulty physical body.

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