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Importance of Exercise

Sep 3, 2008
Exercise is an incredibly important part of a healthy person's life. Exercise is attributed to a healthy, long life and is attributed to preventing cancers, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and even asthma. Exercising regularly helps to hone one's athletic skills, to strengthen the cardiovascular system and muscles across the bodies. Exercise can also help to prevent obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.

There are plenty of different ways to exercise and all of them can be turned into a fun and entertaining outing. Many people join a gym in order to use the different types of workout equipment that is provided, to take classes instructed by athletic trainers and to workout in a social setting.

Aside from joining a gym, purchasing home fitness centers is extremely popular. Offered on the market today are universal gyms, treadmills and stationary bicycles. The universal gyms are good for weightlifting to strengthen arms and legs. The treadmill enables people to walk and/or run to increase their cardiovascular health and aids in weight loss. The stationary bicycle plays the same roll in weight loss and cardiovascular health as the treadmill does and focuses the most attention on the leg muscles.

Exercising regularly also aids in the strengthening of bone density, joint mobility, and the prevention of surgery. It also strengthens the immune system. When exercising, one should take extremely deep breaths to pull as much oxygen into the lungs as possible. If done properly the heart does less work when oxygenating the muscles. By breathing deeply during exercise, the heart and lungs increase their efficiency.

The thought of losing body fat in a certain area is completely a myth. It is impossible for one to exercise for the sole purpose of losing body fat in a certain area, such as doing sit-ups to reduce the fat around the stomach/waist area. Whichever way a person exercises will reduce body fat across the body no matter what. It is impossible to target one specific area of the body over the other.

Exercising too much is possible and can be harmful to the body. Muscles and body parts need at least one day of rest between exercise outings. Muscle tissue will develop slowly; there is an increased risk of stroke and other circulation problems when people exercise too frequently. Doctors recommend that exercise be limited to every other day or only three times per week to prevent muscle problems or circulation problems. Doctors also recommend that pregnant women should never exercise two days in a row.

In the long term view of things, exercising also helps to increase the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain, create new nerve cells, and increases the development of certain chemicals in the brain that aid in cognitive ability. Some of those chemicals are dopamine and serotonin.

Exercise can be as simple as jogging two miles a day, walking on a treadmill, playing a game of basketball, swimming laps or simply lifting weights. All of these exercise methods help sustain the health of the body and prevent future health problems because exercise strengthens the immune system.
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