Exercise and Health


Exercise and Health
If you don't exercise, your muscles will become flabby and weak. Your heart and lungs won't function efficiently. And your joints will be stiff and easily injured. Inactivity is as much of a health risk as smoking!

Helps Prevent Diseases
Our bodies were meant to move -- they actually crave exercise. Regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. It can improve your appearance and delay the aging process.
Improves Stamina
When you exercise, your body uses energy to keep going. Aerobic exercise involves continuous and rhythmic physical motion, such as walking and bicycling. It improves your stamina by training your body to become more efficient and use less energy for the same amount of work. As your conditioning level improves, your heart rate and breathing rate return to resting levels much sooner from strenuous activity.
Strengthens and Tones
Exercising with weights and other forms of resistance training develops your muscles, bones and ligaments for increased strength and endurance. Your posture can be improved, and your muscles become more firm and toned. You not only feel better, but you look better, too!
Enhances Flexibility
Stretching exercises are also important for good posture. They keep your body limber so that you can bend, reach and twist. Improving your flexibility through exercise reduces the chance of injury and improves balance and coordination. If you have stiff, tense areas, such as the upper back or neck, performing specific stretches can help "loosen" those muscles, helping you feel more relaxed.
Controls Weight
Exercise is also a key to weight control because it burns calories. If you burn off more calories than you take in, you lose weight. It's as simple as that.
Improves Quality of Life
Once you begin to exercise regularly, you will discover many more reasons why exercise is so important to improving the quality of your life. Exercise reduces stress, lifts moods, and helps you sleep better. It can keep you looking and feeling younger throughout your entire life.
How Often Should I Exercise?
The benefits of any exercise program will diminish if it's disrupted too frequently. A "stop-start" routine is not only ineffective, but can cause injuries. Being consistent with exercise, therefore, is probably the most important factor in achieving desired results.
People often assume that more is better. Wrong! Doing too much too soon or performing intense exercises on a daily basis will have deleterious effects, such as muscle/tendon strains, loss of lean tissue, and fitness-level plateaus.
Cardio
If you are a beginner, start off slower than you think you should. Three days per week is realistic, safe and effective. If you are experienced, do cardiovascular (aerobic) exercises such as walking, jogging and bicycling for no more than 200 minutes per week with no more than 60 minutes per session.
Lifting Weights
Weight training should be done no more than three times per week targeting the same muscle groups. Exercise the same muscle groups on non-consecutive days because muscles need adequate time to recover and cannot be effectively trained if they are tired or sore.
Stretching
Many people forget to stretch or make the excuse that they don't have the time. Flexibility is important, so make the time! Stretching can be done every day, but stick to a minimum of three times per week in order to reap the benefits. When the body is warmed up, such as after a workout session, perform five to 10 stretches that target the major muscle groups. Hold each stretch for 10-30 seconds.


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 The article was posted by Armand Tecco, 
 Original title: Why is Exercise Important?


10 comentários:

Nadir disse...

Exercitar-se regularmente faz bem pra tudo: mente e corpo. Eu faço atividade física diariamente e recomendo pra todo mundo.

Juan disse...

Todo mundo sabe os benefícios de fazer exercícios mas difícil é arrumar tempo e disposição depois de um dia estressante de trabalho.

Sebastian Fonseca disse...

Adorei o artigo. Sou viciado em atividade física e acho que todo mundo que ainda não faz devia começar!

Aline disse...

Fazer atividade física ajuda o cérebro a raciocinar melhor. Sempre que volto de uma corrida percebo que penso com mais clareza.

Robin Blumen disse...

Since I started yoga classes, my life has changed completely. I was a sedentary person and laziness was my routine. But, since then, I have felt better with myself, more confident, even my social life has increased due to yoga class!

Juan disse...

Fato que exercícios te levam à uma vida mais saudável. Passei a ter mais energia para as minhas tarefas do dia-a-dia. Pequenas coisas que fazem parte da minha rotina, como subir escada, ficaram mais fáceis desde que comecei a praticar corrida associada com ginástica.

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Chistian Barros disse...

Comecei a fazer exercícios por motivos médicos mesmo – tinha que emagrecer. Pesava 120Kg e não queria continuar daquela maneira. Faz 2 anos desde que comecei minhas atividades físicas, e hoje peso 82Kg. Muito mais saudável e coerente com minha altura: 1,85m.

Sebastian Fonseca disse...

Sempre tive uma vida mais saudável – procurava me exercitar ao menos 3x ao dia. Hoje, aos 55 anos, vejo que valeu a pena. Vejo meus amigos da mesma faixa etária e, comparativamente, tenho muito menos problemas de saúde que eles.

Lucas Oliveira Mora disse...

Sou professor de Educação Física e devo dizer que reitero toda e qualquer afirmação que exercícios são benéficos pra 3ª idade. Além de melhorar vários aspectos que se perde com a idade tais como elasticidade e tônus muscular, eles ajudam a prevenir doenças como diabetes, doenças cardiovasculares, pressão alta, entre outras.

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