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Why Exercise is Good for You?

Updated on April 23, 2020
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There are several reasons why people exercise. But the most common ones include to keep fit, to be able to do more work, for recreational purposes, and for maintaining their physique. Whatever the reason may be, there is no doubt that exercise is that essential part of our lives, which we cannot afford to ignore. But the real question is, how much training does your body need?

How much Exercise does your Body Need?

The amount of exercise your body needs depends on several factors. For instance, some people may want to work for longer hours, and hence, would want to stay active throughout the day. Exercise can help them with that. Others may be doing it to avoid sickness or fatigue. Still, others may be exercising to keep a lean physical appearance.

While working out every day has proven to be beneficial to the body in many ways, for some people, though, it’s all about what they hope to achieve from their everyday workout routines. So, the type of exercise you do and the length and intensity depends on what you hope to gain from it.

How does Exercise Help in Weight Loss?

There has been much research to know how exercise helps in weight loss. Obesity or excessive body weight can be damaging to the organs, especially the heart. It also causes certain types of cancer. So, keeping the right body weight is crucial to healthy living. There are two ways in which you can do this. The first and most obvious way is to cut down on those extra calories. It essentially means cutting down on unhealthy snacking and, more importantly, having a balanced diet.

Now, many of you out there depend solely on a diet to keep your body weight under control. But diet alone isn’t enough. You also need an exercise routine, which goes a long way in preventing various lifestyle diseases. For example, in addition to lowering the risk of a heart attack, exercising has also proven to deter anxiety, depression, and other such mental disorders by giving your self-confidence a boost. Furthermore, it is also known to increase metabolism rates, thus, helping to burn those extra calories and improving your overall health.

What is Heart Rate and How do you Calculate your Target Heart Rate?

A lower heart rate means that your heart is functioning efficiently and that you have a better overall cardiovascular fitness level. But what exactly is ‘heart rate?’ And how is it measured? Your heart rate is nothing but the number of times the heart contracts in one minute. Now, several varied factors influence the heart rate of a person, including his or her age, fitness levels, whether he or she is a smoker or not, the temperature of the surroundings, position of the body, emotions, weight, and size of the body, and whether the person is on medications.

Although a lower heart rate generally implies better cardiovascular functionality, unusually low levels show that there is an underlying problem. You may notice that the heart rate of a person is unusual when you see symptoms like fainting, dizziness, and fatigue. Exercise helps keep your heart rate under control and improves the overall functionality of your cardiovascular system. High-intensity exercises not only help keep your heart fit but also help you to gain much more out of your exercise routine. When doing high-intensity exercises, you should try to keep track of your heart rate.

The best way to do this would be to use a simple formula that goes like this. Subtract your age from 220 and determine 60 to 80 percent of the resultant. It’s also a good idea to talk to your physical fitness trainer as he or she will be able to tell you what exercises you should be doing. Also, if you are a person with a particular heart condition, then you should consult your physician before you decide to join a gym or plan your workout routine.

What are the Different Types of Exercises that you can do?

While not all exercises are for weight loss, they help improve your overall health. If physical fitness, you can always start by picking one you enjoy doing. Nevertheless, there are diverse types of exercises you can do, including weight training exercises, cardiovascular exercises, Aerobics, and Yoga. And each one has its benefits.

For example, weight training exercises help tone your muscles, making them stronger, as well as burn those extra calories. According to experts, you should exercise all major muscle groups at least three times a week.
Another beneficial exercise which is not as intense as weight training or cardiovascular exercises is yoga. It not only helps in weight loss but also gives you peace of mind. Numerous studies have also shown that those who practised yoga were more cautious about their eating habits, and so, they were less likely to put on more weight.

Your exercise routine should always include cardiovascular exercises or aerobics. All aerobic exercises are of high intensity and get your heart and blood pumping. Any highly intense training can be aerobic exercises, including running, jogging, brisk walking, swimming, dancing, and cycling. Likewise, cardiovascular exercises are also high-intensity exercises and can include running on different fitness machines like a treadmill, cross-trainer, elliptical, or stair stepper.

So, you should try and incorporate some exercise into your daily routine. It not only helps keep the body fit but also activates the brain, as shown by different studies. Weight loss, general muscle and bone strengthening, and improved concentration, attention span, and memory power are the benefits of exercising regularly. The amount of exercise you need depends on your routine and the type of activity you choose to do. However, when doing high-intensity exercises, pay attention to your heart rate. Aim to achieve your target heart rate, so that you have a healthy cardiovascular system, free from those dangerous diseases.

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