Why We Need to Exercise

Exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons, to aid growth and improve strength, prevent aging, develop muscles and the cardiovascular system, hone athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, improve health and also for enjoyment. Many individuals choose to exercise outdoors where they can congregate in groups, socialize, and enhance well-being.
Here are some of the reasons why we need to exercise:
To improve our physical health. Exercise helps to strengthen our heart, lungs, and muscles. It also helps to improve our blood circulation and reduce our risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
To maintain a healthy weight. Exercise helps to burn calories, which can help us to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
To improve our mental health. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also improve our mood and cognitive function.
To increase our energy levels. Exercise helps to improve our cardiovascular fitness, which gives us more energy to do our daily activities.
To improve our sleep quality. Exercise can help us to fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly.
To reduce our risk of injury. Exercise helps to strengthen our muscles and bones, which can make us less likely to get injured.
To improve our quality of life. Exercise can help us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week. Children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
There are many different types of exercise, so you can find something that you enjoy and that fits into your lifestyle. Some examples of exercise include walking, running, biking, swimming, dancing, and playing sports.
Even if you can’t get the full recommended amount of exercise each week, some exercise is better than none. Start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you spend exercising each week. And be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise program, especially if you have any health concerns.

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