So why is exercise important to you?
For that matter, important to me? Or to anyone who exercises?
The answer's already given - it lies in the all important subject - your health (and well being)!
You and I need to exercise to get healthy and exercise to maintain the good health. Period.
Your health encompasses issues like:
OK. I'll show you why exercise is important in connection to each of these health issues here.
Well, if you're currently overweight, it's important to you.
Because being overweight, you're at a higher risk for diabetes and heart diseases.
Of course, I'm not saying being overweight, you'll develop these diseases but if you've more abdominal fat (i.e. apple shape), you're at a higher risk than someone who stores excess fat in her hips and thighs (i.e.pear shape).
Exercise helps you to burn body fat to lose weight more effectively, and you'll be more successful at keeping excess weight off.
Your body (and mine) runs on the blood sugar (glucose) that circulates in your bloodstream.
When you exercise enough to deplete the supply of blood sugar, hormones are released to signal your fat cells to release fat into your bloodstream.
The fat then circulates to the muscles that need it for fuel, and you end up with less fat on your body.
Exercise not only increases your metabolism, it causes metabolism to remain elevated for a period of time after you finish exercising. This is especially so in the case of cardio exercise.
And strength training exercise builds muscle which helps to keep your metabolism elevated 24 hours a day.
This is due to the fact that muscle is a metabolically active tissue, hence the more muscle you've, the higher your metabolism will be. This means you'll l burn more calories even at rest!
So why is exercise important for your weight control?
Simply because it helps you to maintain a healthy body and enables you to create a calorie deficit and lose weight without you having to starve yourself and slow down your metabolism.
Aren't you attracted by these great, great attributes of exercise, if you need to lose weight?
Read all about what weight loss exercises can do to help you to fight those extra bulges! And you become healthier.....
Hey, don't just bang on exercise alone to lose weight! You also need to eat a healthy weight loss diet to help nudge off extra pounds from your body!
The best combination is this - exercise regularly at least 3 times per week for a duration of at least 20-30 minutes per session, plus eat a healthy diet in reasonable quantities - your body will find a healthy weight naturally.
The next thing I need to convince you is this - why is exercise important in relation to you building up cardio-respiratory fitness......
You see, you'll not have cardio-respiratory fitness if you don't exercise - this is especially relevant if you don't do cardio exercise.
You achieve cardio-respiratory fitness by doing cardio exercise which gives you a strong, healthy heart and robust lungs with expanded capacity for more oxygen intake.
When you cardio regularly, you strengthen your heart so it can pump blood at a more "leisure" pace - meaning your heart doesn't have to pump blood as hard as it used to be.
Just think of how much benefit that will bring to your heart?
Oh, plenty! For one, your risk of getting heart diseases, stroke and heart attack is very much reduced.
I want to share with you that there's nothing hard about doing cardio exercise - just about any exercise or physical activity that can get your heart to work harder, is fine.
Pick one that you like doing and is fun for you as well because you'll likely do it regularly and won't sense that it's a hard, dreadful task!
Don't know how to do cardio?
No probs there.
You can try some of these cardio exercises which have guidelines on how to do them:
These are all excellent cardio exercises that rev up your heart rate as well as burn off your excess body fat!
OK. I think to persuade you to exercise becomes easier and easier as we go along......
The next thing I need to convince you is this - why is exercise important for your immune system.
No rocket science here.
Simply this, you exercise to strengthen your immune system by building up a strong defense mechanism in your body to combat sicknesses and diseases effectively.
As your immune system is strong, you'll not fall sick easily and even if you've fallen sick, you'll recover faster!
As we're on this, I might as well tell you how exercise can help to ease health condition such as:
Why is exercise important, especially for primenopause and menopause women?
I suppose you know that exercise is effective too in combating weight gain during this period?
See, our body’s hormones have direct impact on metabolism, appetite and fat storage.
During menopause or perimenopause, our hormones can fluctuate wildly, making us extra hard to have an effective weight control program.
Exercise comes to the rescue!
It stimulates our adrenal glands to convert the male hormone androstenedione into estrogen, hence naturally boosting our estrogen levels and helping to restore the hormonal balance.
I want to encourage you to take that first step to exercise, even if it's a small, baby step.....
You'll do a great favor to your body!
If you want to know how to start, take a quick run-through at getting started help and tips here.
To a healthier, stronger you!