Exercise is the world’s best drug, but most people see it as a weight loss drug; associating it with obesity or people who want to lose some kg’s.I have been overweight, to some extent I do understand the concept. I wanted to exercise to lose weight, but as time goes you learn there is more to exercise than obtaining the right BMI. Somehow I can claim that my muscles are much stronger, I couldn’t do a single pushup, now I can do almost ten countable. I don’t get a burning sensation after running a km; I can do more activity throughout the day without feeling overly tired; Its progress and you get to notice it as time elapses, It’s all about patience, hardwork, and consistency. So anyone, whether thin or big should exercise. There is a lot whole to exercising than just weight loss. When you associate exercise with weight loss, it’s easy to get discouraged; studies show that working out mostly helps with weight management and not necessarily weight loss (sad truth ). But here are the benefits of exercise.
1. Exercise controls weight
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
Regular trips to the gym are great, but if you can’t find a large chunk of time to exercise every day you can reap the benefits of exercise by just getting more active throughout your day; take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk at a brisk pace. Consistency is key.
2. Exercise combats health conditions and diseases
Exercise decreases the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This two keep your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, a number of types of cancer, arthritis, and falls.
3. Exercise improves mood
A gym session or brisk 30-minute walk can help boost emotions or even blow off some steam after a stressful day. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
4. Exercise boosts energy
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance.
Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.
5. Exercise promotes better sleep
Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to sleep.
6. Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life
Regular physical activity can improve energy levels and physical appearance, which may boost your sex life.
But there’s even more to it than that. Regular physical activity may enhance arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.
7. Exercise can be fun and social!
Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting.
So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a football team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it.
NB: Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, boost your health and have fun. Aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.
If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to ramp up your exercise efforts.