Benefits of Regular Physical Exercise 

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Published March 24, 2020

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Daniel Ighakpe

Regular physical exercises help to tune up the organs of the body, the muscles and nerves . Playing games also makes you to be emotionally and socially healthy . It makes the brain to work faster and more accurately .

With regard to engaging in regular physical exercise , some people have erroneously concluded that they do not need exercise because they are not overweight . However , overweight and obese people stand to benefit immensely from a regular exercise programme . Even if you are not overweight , increasing your physical activity is very likely to improve your overall health and help to prevent serious diseases, including certain types of cancer.

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What are some factors that contribute to a person’s poor state of health ? They include unhealthy ( high -calorie ) diets and a sedentary life – style. Also , even though technology and other modern inventions have helped to make many laborious jobs more bearable, there is an irony in this . While modern technology has been conducive to better health , with the passing of time , it has also contributed to a sedentary life -style among many people . They include children, who spend a longer time in front of the television set , or with video games , smart phones and other technological devices . Also , for adults , having a job that requires little physical activity can contribute to a sedentary life -style.

In view of the foregoing , how can regular physical exercise help to improve our health and counteract the effects of a sedentary life -style? Many scientific studies have given credence to the value of regular physical exercise . For example , in an article by Ujunwa Atueyi , titled How to be happy and live a purpose -driven life and published in The Guardian newspaper of Monday , January 1 , 2018, engaging in regular physical activity was top on the list of steps that can be taken to boost our quality of life .

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In the article , it was reported that many studies had focused on the role of physical exercise not only in keeping us fit , but also in improving our physical and mental health . Furthermore, the article noted , “Numerous and recent studies had shown that exercise can counteract and prevent depression . . . As little as one hour of exercise each week , regardless of intensity, can keep mood disorders at bay .”

Even children need physical activity . Studies have shown that an increasing number of children, especially girls , do not engage in regular physical exercise . It is good to note that there are many ways that children can benefit from regular physical activity . These include helping them develop strong bones and muscles as well as healthy joints; prevention of overweight and obesity ; increase in self -esteem and prevention of anxiety and stress ; development of an active life – style that may prevent a sedentary adulthood ; among others .

The elderly also can benefit from a moderate exercise programme . However , they need to consult the doctor before starting a programme of strenuous activity .

Although regular physical exercise has its merits , a word of caution for all would not be out of place : Before deciding to engage in more vigorous exercises , it would be wise to consult a doctor , to ensure beforehand that the more vigorous exercise programme that you are contemplating would be suitable for you, considering your current state of health .

Also , not drinking enough water during exercise can be harmful . It can cause fatigue , decreased coordination , and muscle cramping . When you exercise , you sweat at a faster rate , and this can lead to a drop in your blood volume . If you do not replenish the water that is lost through perspiration , the heart has to work harder to circulate the blood . It is suggested that to avoid dehydration , you should drink water before, during and after an exercise session .

Staying physically active , along with proper nutrition and rest , is vital for good health . Let us , therefore, cherish our bodies as a gift from God and strive to maintain a good routine of regular physical exercise . So , are you getting enough exercise ? If not , you can start doing something about it today .

Ighakpe sent in this article from FESTAC Town , Lagos

 

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