Monday, 18 January 2016

5 Reasons Why You Must Exercise

Fitness, Diet, Weight Loss

Exercise is good for the body and has greater benefits for the mind and mental well-being. Apart adopting healthy lifestyle and eating healthy. Exercise is also important in maintaining good health. I will be covering the health benefits of exercising in this article.

Reduced Risk Of Heart Disease
By improving your Aerobic fitness (Also called cardiovascular fitness) your heart pumps faster, becomes stronger and more efficient. A strong heart is more resistant to disease and is also under less pressure as it does not have to work as hard to pump blood around the body. 

Improving your cardiovascular fitness also lowers your blood pressure and increases your HDL cholesterol levels which further protects you from heart disease. Therefore, one of the further health benefits of exercising is a reduced risk of heart disease which results from the improved cardiovascular fitness.

Reduced Body Fats Level
One of the best and quickest way to burn fat is exercise. Fat loss is one of the key health benefits of exercising. An average person burns about 150 calories per mile jogging. So if you go for a five mile jog 5 times per week you will burn approximately 3,750 extra calories each week (750 calories per jog).

The overall impact is a notable increase in calories burned per week. Jogging can help you burn calories as you exercise. Provided that you maintain your healthy diet the same as you were before you started jogging this should equate to a reduction in body fat levels.

Stronger & Healthy Bones
Weight bearing exercises such as walking, jogging and weight lifting all stimulate an increase in bone mineral density. When your bones are placed under stress they are forced to adapt and this leads to an increase in bone mineral density.
The benefit of this is stronger bones that are less likely to bend, fracture and break.

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Increased HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol A.k.a Good Cholesterol
Another of the key health benefits of exercising is increased HDL cholesterol levels. HDL cholesterol (also known as good cholesterol) helps control your overall cholesterol levels by removing your blood vessels for excess cholesterol and then carrying it to the liver where it can be processed and excreted.

If this excess cholesterol is not removed it may form plaque on your blood vessel walls which causes them to harden, narrowed and become blocked. This then restricts the flow of blood to and from your heart by ultimately increasing resistance to blood flow which in-turn will require the heart to pump at higher pressure against this resistance.

In that way the work load on the heart is increased and may predispose to high blood pressure and its attending complications, heart attacks, heart disease. Improving your cardiovascular fitness increases your HDL cholesterol levels and in this way exercise support a healthy heart and vascular system.

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Improved Circulatory system (Cardiovascular Fitness)
The major health benefits of exercising is improved cardiovascular fitness. Cardiovascular fitness (also known as cardio-respiratory endurance or aerobic fitness) refers to the efficiency of the heart, lungs and vascular system (the vessels that carry blood and lymph through the body) in delivering oxygen to the tissues and muscles of the body and also how efficient these tissues and muscles become at using the oxygen.

As your cardiovascular fitness improves your lung capacity increases meaning that you can take in more oxygen with each breath.
Your heart’s stroke volume also increases meaning that with each pump it can transport more blood and oxygen through the vascular system to the muscles. Finally, tissues and muscles become more efficient at absorbing oxygen meaning that they can take more oxygen molecules from the blood.

The overall effect is that with each breath you take in more oxygen, with each pump your heart transports more oxygen to your muscles and finally your muscles are able to utilize more of this oxygen. Meaning, cardiovascular fitness improves endurance, reduced risk of heart disease and reduced body fat.

Now that you are aware of the benefits of exercising, It is not too late to start now. In your spare time grab your trainers and give it a go for half an hour or a little more.