Why Should I Exercise?

5년 전

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Our sedentary lifestyles have been the cause of various health conditions. According to the NHS, exercise has proven benefits of: 

> up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
> up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
> up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
> up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
> a 30% lower risk of early death
> up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
> up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
> a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
> up to a 30% lower risk of depression
>up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

source: www.nhs.u

In order to maintain a more active lifestyle, it is recommended that adults have at least 150 minutes of physical activity on a weekly basis. Of course you should adjust your training programme according to your routine and physical abilities. So how about, before making your next post, walking 10 times from the one end of your house to the other, or doing 20-30 crunches or 20-30 hammer curls using a full bottle of water (the big ones, no cheating)? Even walking the dog counts as exercise!


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This is a question I ask myself everyday.... and the answer is always hell yes

studies show that its also good for your brain and also sex life

I find it kind of funny that people need to turn to "science" to understand that exercise is good for us.
It makes total sense that the body will stay intact for a lot longer if it's actually being used and taken care of.

I like to explain it by having 2 motorcycles that are absolutely the same. One is being used and taken care of properly,
The other one is doing nothing, occasionally being sprayed with water and dirt, and perhaps even stored in a louzy environment.
Which motorcycle will survive after 10 years? The one that is being used, the other one will have rusted away.
The human body is even worse than a motorcycle, because it will slowly fall apart if we don't do anything about it.


Just like you said it with the motorbikes. The one used and taken care of will remain in good condition, so our body, when we take care of it, it does not "rust away"

  ·  5년 전

I agree. People need to start exercising. I put together 5 reasons why you should start exercising, and health is only ONE. There's more benefits that you imagine. CHECK OUT my Vid https://steemit.com/life/@gisi/l82tkiud

I totally agree that some moderate regular exercise is extremely beneficial for both mind and body. Moderate exercise has been shown to benefit the heart and movement helps keep joints supple and mobile. I somewhat disagree with exercises that can do damage though, such as lifting heavy weights, pounding the pavements stressing knee joints, and playing golf which in time can harm hip joints because of the unnatural movements involved in a powerful swing. Exercise which involves all the limbs and joints is probably best, like swimming, dancing, and playing tennis. As with a lot in life I believe that moderation is the key... We are anatomically and physically much the same as early man, the hunter gatherer, who would walk for miles in a day or run for short bursts and then take a break..


You put it so correctly!
We see so many people exaggerting just to show off. Just visit a gym when a bunch of macho men are training, to me it's just too much energy wasted to wear your body off. Moderation is everything and always adjust your training programme to your body's needs and capabilities. That way you gain physical and mental well-being. It's like my Greek ancestors said: A healthy mind in a healthy body (Νους υγιης εν σωματι υγιη)

When I was in high school I had bad depression, along with that I also had social anxiety. Multiple days I recall going home to cry, or punch my wall out of frustration. I had an incredibly low self opinion of myself. Because of this I decided that I should start going to the gym, and eating healthy because I thought that if I couldn't be strong on the inside, that at least I could try to look strong on the outside. The fitness journey that I started got me out of that depression rut, improved confidence, and made me grateful beyond belief. Studies also show that exercise can combat against this type of thing https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3674785/


I had issues that exercise helped me work out (caught the pun?)

It is amazing how exercise not only works on your brain chemistry the moment you do it, but a much more complex effect involves: better self image, boosted self esteem and confidence, not to mention that it helps you become more sociable (at least it helped me).
I'm happy to hear that it basically changed your life to the better! Have a great day!