How do you actually define exercise? It is when your body requires to burn calories for the physical movements made by the body (Semeco, 2017).
Even though there are various types of physical exercises available to us, such as running, swimming, dancing, climbing, we often do not take that as our top priority.
Here comes the million-dollar question. Why should we exercise at all, and make such opportunity cost, rather than choosing to do something that is within our comfort zone. For example, sleeping, sipping onto alcohol, or going for a massage.
First of all, physical activities aid in enhancing mood, reducing anxiety and depression; in turn decreasing STRESS. The main culprit that lingers for most of the working adults (Ensari, Sandroff & Lotl, 2018).
Furthermore, not surprising at all, exercising helps in weight loss! This is due to the relationship between increased metabolic rate and exercises (Sim & Choi, 2016). The heighted metabolism would contribute to burning more calories. After all, who doesn’t want a slimmer waist line (for women)? Not to worry, for men that desires a more muscular bodies, exercise plays a huge role in maintaining and building stronger muscles and bones (Tipton & Wolfe, 2001).
On top of the various advantages, body movements contribute to enhancing the energy levels. Are you one of the people that feels fatigue everyday? It is proven that exercising is able to tackle that (Denman, 2016)
Not convinced yet?
Exercising can strengthen brain functions and memory. This helps in preserving the changes in brain structures (especially for older adults) (Kirk & McGough, 2014). This way, you can retain and protect the mental skills.
Take your first step and see how your life improves with the little changes that you make. What’s best is that, the above benefits are NOT subjected to the intensity of the exercise. BABY STEPS MATTERS!!!
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- Ensari, I., Sandroff, B., & Motl, R. (2016). Effects of Single Bouts of Walking Exercise and Yoga on Acute Mood Symptoms in People with Multiple Sclerosis. International Journal Of MS Care, 18(1), 1-8. doi: 10.7224/1537-2073.2014-104
- Gim, MN., & Choi J. H. (2016). The effects of weekly exercise time on VO2max and resting metabolic rate in normal adults. Journal of Physical Therapy Sciences, doi: 10.1589/jpts.28.1359. Epub 2016 Apr 28.
- Kirk-Sanchez, N., & McGough, E. (2013). Physical exercise and cognitive performance in the elderly: current perspectives. Clinical Interventions In Aging, 51. doi: 10.2147/cia.s39506
- Tipton, K., & Wolfe, R. (2001). Exercise, Protein Metabolism, and Muscle Growth. International Journal Of Sport Nutrition And Exercise Metabolism, 11(1), 109-132. doi: 10.1123/ijsnem.11.1.109