Aside from the benefits of looking good and preventing a relapse to your previous weight, exercise also helps keep you healthy and prevent disease by keeping you active and strong. In fact, many people feel so negative about exercise; experts often advise using the term ‘physical activity’ instead. No matter what you call it, moving your body is critical to feeling and staying well. And to achieve and maintain healthy weights, it’s a key. The sticking point generally comes when we try to do it. (Regardless what Nike says, there’s a bit more to it sometimes than just doing it.)
Exercise is essential for physical and mental health. It provides an outlet for releasing negative emotions, such as anger, frustration, and irritability. However, exercise can be helpful for people with more moderate forms of depression. We’ve been told many times about the benefits of exercise. There’s nothing extraordinary about those statements.
Childhood obesity is a growing global concern and physical exercise may help decrease the effects of childhood obesity in developed countries. Overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk for some types of cancer including endometrial, colon, gall bladder, prostate, kidney, etc. “Live fast, Die Fast” is the trend normally followed by majority of youths, where they stress on fast foods than on nutritional stuff.
Exercise strengthens your heart and lungs, promotes better sleep, combats diseases, improves your mood and manages your weight. The higher the fitness level, the lower the death rate.
If that doesn’t motivate you to get moving religiously every morning, I don’t know what will! Maintaining an active lifestyle boosts the immune system, thus helping to keep harmful diseases at bay. Studies have revealed that exercise can enhance your brainpower. It enhances memory and learning, heightens alertness, and helps us think more clearly.
“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness”. –Edward Stanley
Unfortunately, I think exercise has really earned a bad reputation. Most people associate it with using a lot of effort and time for something that isn’t really enjoyable. These people then classify exercise into the long list of things that you “should” do. As a result, exercise becomes incredibly infrequent and is only done “when I have the time”.
It should be reminded that exercise at any time of the day is beneficial. If you have time in the evening for your workout schedule, you should certainly go for it. However, if you have a choice between morning and evening exercise, choose to exercise in the morning to reap the maximum benefits of exercise. Research has indicated that exercise may match drug therapy for treating major depression. For those of us who prefer not to take medications and are doing our best to remove as many toxins from our lives as possible, this is very good news. Any regular exercise effort will make a tremendous difference in the way you feel, especially if you’ve been sedentary or bedridden from depression.
“Health is not simply the absence of sickness.” –Hannah Green