There are a number of benefits that come from working out and maintaining a specific level of fitness. Some of these benefits enhance our overall health and prolong our lives. Other benefits such as increased flexibility and strength enhance our day to day lives.
Reduced risk of obesity and associated diseases
Increased level of physical activity eliminates the chances of becoming overweight or obese. This in turn prevents the occurrence of such diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes whose probability of occurrence is increased by obesity. Being obese or overweight may also limit our ability to do daily chores as it is easier to get fatigued as well as to sustain injuries if we are obese.
Heart diseases prevention
Proper functioning of the heart is paramount to a happy and content life. However, lack of fitness may result in increased risk of heart conditions and diseases. Heart conditions are not only expensive to treat and manage but they also limit our ability to perform certain chores- especially those that require a lot of energy.
Increased mental health and agility
Exercises and physical fitness helps us in improving our mental strength and abilities. During work outs, you are expected to make decisions about different things. Sometimes, these decisions may be required within split seconds. This improves our mental health and decision making abilities. Strength training also helps us develop endurance, physically and mentally. Some sports and exercises require strategic thinking which may also help us in our day to day activities. Mental agility and flexibility is also promoted by certain physical activities.
The spinal cord is one of the most vital organs in the body. Improper functioning may lead to a lot of mental and physical stress as it affects our mobility. Physical fitness ensures that the back and consequently the spinal cord is in perfect shape and therefore we are able to walk, run and bend as we please. It also helps in improving our posture and in the long run it eliminates the need to incur a lot of expenses in treatment and physical therapy fees.
Most of the times, we do not think about our muscles until they are painful. One way to ensure that out muscles are functioning well is to engage in regular exercises. It increases the blood flow to the muscles and subsequently improves the amount of nutrients received.
Regular exercise helps with the formation of healthy bones and therefore reduces the chances of occurrence of such diseases as osteoporosis. Exercise is also good for children whose bones are still forming as it ensures healthy bone formation.
Exercises help us in eliminating stress promoting general health. An intense workout will not only help in improving physical fitness but it will also help in clearing the mind. This gives us the ability to think more clearly and come up with better solutions for our problems. It also ensures that we eliminate the fog common in overworked and stressed minds. We therefore avoid falling into depression. When we are physically fit, we improve our self-image and subsequently self-esteem. This improves our confidence in tackling different issues about our lives.
These benefits are not a reserve for those people who have worked out for a specified period of time. If you start regular exercises, you will also be a beneficiary. The good news is that you do not have to work out for long hours in order to reap the benefits. Just a few minutes of a well-planned out work is enough. These benefits can also be experienced by both men and women of all ages and origin.