Why exercise?

What is exercise?

Physical exercise is any type of physical exertion or activity performed to develop or maintain physical fitness and overall health.

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Why should you exercise? 

Exercise is a physical activity which will help you look and feel so much better after the minutes/hours sweating and dripping. Your skin, hair, posture and muscle tone all will improve. You’ll be stronger and you’ll have more energy. Activity also helps you avoid depression, stress and boredom. You’ll be more alert mentally. Thinking more clearly can even help your grades. Being active just makes your life so much happier.

How long is enough?

There is no specific amount of have to exercise. The longer you can go, the better it is. But just do within your possibility, and don’t try to over exercise, you might injure yourself. A small work out is better than no work out!

The Seven benefits of regular physical activities: 

Prevent Health conditions and diseases

Being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and fall

Improve mood

Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Boost energy

Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

Better sleep

Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

Fun

Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.M_Id_378047_Exercise_

Better quality of life 

Like I have mentioned before (previous post), any type of physical activities can improve your mood, keep you up with the positive thoughts. They say, you can’t live a positive life without a positive mind. Regular physical activity can make your life so much happier as you’re improving your health, and you will enable to feel confident about yourself.

Source:

http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/exercise_wise.html#

http://www.abc.net.au/health/library/stories/2007/05/10/1919866.htm

http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/en/active-living/exercise.asp

 

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Benefits of Cardio Training

Cardio is called short for cardiovascular exercise. It is any movement that gets your heart rate and increases blood circulation.

Even one 30-minute cardio session pumps extra blood to your brain, delivering the oxygen and nutrients it needs to perform at max efficiency. Cardio also floods the brain with chemicals that enhance functions such as memory, problem solving, and decision making.

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Cadio Benefits:

Improve Heart Health

Your heart is a muscle just like any other and in order for it to become strong it must be worked. If you fail to work it, it will weaken over time and this can cause a variety of negative health effects.

By getting the heart pumping at a faster rate on a regular basis you will keep it in shape and healthy. Too many people are getting winded just performing simple exercises such as walking up the stairs and the primary reason for this is because they are neglecting to work their heart muscle.

Improve Metabolism

Another reason to perform cardio is for its effects on the metabolism. Along with speeding up your heart rate, cardiovascular exercise also increases the rate of various other processes in the body, also known as your metabolism.

Improve Brain Health

As you lace up, your gray matter sends out get-ready signals: Without your even realizing it, breath and heart rates quicken. Once you’re sweating, the brain delivers feel-good endorphins to help ease the ouch of an all-out-workout.

Better Quality of Life

Every regular exercise can improve the quality of your life, not just cardio training. Moving around increases blood flow to our muscles, strengthens the heart and lungs and teaches the heart to work more efficiently. Not only that, when you exercise you set a good example for your kids to do the same, which could mean a better future for them.

As we are being active, we are keeping up the positive thoughts. And as you might know, a positive mind is a positive life.

List of Health Benefits:

  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Increased HDL-cholesterol (the good one)
  • Decreased total cholesterol
  • Decreased body fat stores
  • Increased aerobic work capacity
  • Decreased symptoms of anxiety, and depression
  • Increased heart function.
  • Possible reduction in mortality in post my cardinal infarction patients.

Source:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/cardio-workouts?cat=18792

http://www.self.com/fitness/2012/07/cardio-exercise-benefits-slideshow#slide=4

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently, close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits. Yoga can hardly be called a trend.

Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also usually include some form of breathing technique and possibly a medication technique as well. Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation. But there are styles of yoga that teach you how to move your body in new ways. Choosing one of these styles offers the greatest health benefits by enabling you to develop your flexibility, strength, and balance.

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Health Benefits of Yoga:

Improve Immunity

Our system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and similarly unpleasantness or restlessness in the mind can manifest as an ailment in the body. Yoga poses massage organs and strengthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.

Increase energy

Shuttling between multiple tasks through the day can sometimes be quite exhausting. A few minutes of yoga everyday provides the secret to feeling fresh and energetic even after a long day. A 10-minute online guided meditation benefits you immensely, leaving you refreshed and recharged in the middle of a hectic day.

Stress reduction

One of the key benefits of yoga is that, if you practice it regularly, it can be a marvelous stress-buster. As part of the yoga routine, you are forced to clear your mind and focus on your body and breathing. Because of this, your stress reactions will diminish, even after class is over.

Improve fitness

Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.

Better Sleep

Insomniacs fell asleep 15 minutes faster and slept an hour longer each night after two months of doing a 45-minute series of yoga poses daily before bed. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital speculate that regular practice helped people relax, making it easier to switch off.

Improve Brain Function

Just 20 minutes of Hatha yoga — an ancient form of the practice that emphasizes physical postures rather than flow or sequences — can improve cognitive function, boosting focus and working memory. In a University of Illinois study, participants performed significantly better on tests of brain functioning after yoga, as compared to their performance after 20 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise.

Lower Blood Pressure

People with mild to moderate hypertension might benefit from a yoga practice, as a study from University of Pennsylvania researchers found that it could help to lower their blood pressure levels. Researchers found that people who practiced yoga had greater drops in blood pressure compared with those who participated in a walking/nutrition/weight counseling program.

Improve Lung capacity

Because of the deep, mindful breathing that yoga involves, lung capacity often improves. This in turn can improve sports performance and endurance. But yoga typically isn’t focused on aerobic fitness the way running or cycling are. Most forms of yoga emphasize deepening and lengthening your breath.

Bone Health

Studies have shown that practicing yoga could improve bone density among older adults.

Prevent Heart Disease

As part of a healthy lifestyle, yoga may lower cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, according to Harvard Healthy Publications. 

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http://allwomenstalk.com/benefits-of-yoga-you-should-know-about/22/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/yoga/CM00004

http://life.gaiam.com/article/benefits-yoga