I feel that one of the most important parts of being a human being is to do sports that make you feel alive and active.
I have been neglecting the whole idea of exercise for a long while now. Considering that I am surrounded by people who are crazy sporty, being so ignorant is probably not very healthy for anyone. For me, especially.
Whenever you do sports, the main thing that you do is that you are forcing yourself and your body into the state of mind that is not only in line with your own outlooks on life but also you are forcing your body to adjust and change into ways that make it much more productive and better fitting.
The sport itself or the activity itself doesn’t really matter and can range from anything, starting from bisque walking to scuba diving. The only requirement is that you have to challenge yourself whenever you do the said activity.
I get these waves of interest in sports whenever I find myself being incredibly active in all aspects of my life, and the only thing that is lacking behind is the sporting part.
Over the years, again and again, I have proven myself that sports are one of the most important things that you can do as the effects of doing any sport are so immense that just focusing on walking, I wrote an incredibly in-depth article that got an unbelievable amount of hits.
That is why listing just a couple of health benefits here could prove to be some extra motivation for those that are postponing the workouts.
- Help you control your weight. Along with diet, exercise plays an important role in controlling your weight and preventing obesity. To maintain your weight, the calories you eat and drink must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat and drink.
- Reduce your risk of heart diseases. Exercise strengthens your heart and improves your circulation. The increased blood flow raises the oxygen levels in your body. This helps lower your risk of heart diseases such as high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, and heart attack. Regular exercise can also lower your blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
- Help your body manage blood sugar and insulin levels. Exercise can lower your blood sugar level and help your insulin work better. This can cut down your risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. And if you already have one of those diseases, exercise can help you to manage it.
- Help you quit smoking. Exercise may make it easier to quit smoking by reducing your cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It can also help limit the weight you might gain when you stop smoking.
- Improve your mental health and mood. During exercise, your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. This can help you deal with stress and reduce your risk of depression.
- Help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age. Exercise stimulates your body to release proteins and other chemicals that improve your brain's structure and function.
- Strengthen your bones and muscles. Regular exercise can help kids and teens build strong bones. Later in life, it can also slow the loss of bone density that comes with age. Doing muscle-strengthening activities can help you increase or maintain your muscle mass and strength.
- Reduce your risk of some cancers, including colon, breast , uterine, and lung cancer.
- Reduce your risk of falls. For older adults, research shows that doing balance and muscle-strengthening activities in addition to moderate-intensity aerobic activity can help reduce your risk of falling.
- Improve your sleep. Exercise can help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
- Improve your sexual health. Regular exercise may lower the risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. For those who already have ED, exercise may help improve their sexual function. In women, exercise may increase sexual arousal.
- Increase your chances of living longer. Studies show that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers.
All of these are just one of the many incredible benefits that make you a superhuman. If you are still not sure about starting your exercising habit and going out of your way to sweat, remember that no matter what you do, sooner or later, you would have to.
You better start small right now with a short brisk walk than being forced to be on a diet and on vigorous exercise later.
Action is the blood of life, and if you don’t have any actions, your life will slowly start to dim.
Start now. Get perfect later.