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Five Reasons Why You Need Exercise Now

It has become evident that people don’t necessarily understand why exercise is so important. We tend to think we don’t need exercise until we are older and prone to weight gain and a host of illnesses. And then, it’s too difficult to establish an exercise routine because we’d already be set in our ways. So why do we need exercise? Let’s find out…

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Sometimes, I am guilty of expecting everyone to understand the reasons why you need to do something just because I understand. And it has become evident that people don’t necessarily understand why exercise is so important to our everyday life. This is especially true for individuals that don’t have a problem with weight. We tend to think we don’t need exercise until we are older and prone to weight gain and a host of illnesses. But since we are here now, let’s dive into it. Why do we need exercise?

Heart and Lung Health: This is one of the most important reasons to exercise. An inactive lifestyle is one of the major causes of heart diseases. While a lot of heart conditions occur when we are older, it is necessary to start exercising at a young age to keep our hearts strong as we age. Cardiovascular exercises like running, swimming, cycling, and aerobics are especially good for the heart, hence the name ‘cardiovascular’.  These types of exercises help to maintain your blood pressure, reduce the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol in your blood, reduce the risk of diabetes, and increase your endurance level so you don’t easily run out of breath. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are all conditions that the black individual is more susceptible to than most other races.

Maintain a Healthy Weight: If you’re on the internet reading this, you probably already know that exercise is vital to maintain a healthy weight. Any form of physical activity helps to burn calories stored in the body from the food we eat. In order to lose weight, we need to burn calories. However, exercise not only helps us lose weight, but maintain our weight as we grow older. As we age, our metabolism decreases, and so we need extra physical activity just to maintain our weight. This is why most people put on weight as they age, even when they stick to the same diet that they have always had.

Sexual Health: Exercise improves circulation. Need I say more? For the men, because erectile dysfunction is usually caused by problems with circulation, exercise in turn helps to reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction. For the women, you are not off the hook. Blood flow is also very important for the big ‘O’, and so blood circulatory problems could be one of the reasons why men are more satisfied with sex than women, but then that is just my opinion. Additionally, researchers have said that fit people tend to have a better sex life than those who aren’t physically fit. Many arguments could be raised to support the reason for this, such as fitter people tend to be more attractive because their confidence levels are higher, or fitter people rate their own sexual performance higher. But whatever the reason, the fact remains: Fit people tend to have a better sex life.

Build and Tone Muscles: Exercise helps to build strong muscles and bones through both cardiovascular and strength training. Strength training is any form of exercise that requires muscle resistance, so whether you’re using your own body weight or an external object, if your involving your body in motion that requires some resistance (e.g. push-ups), you are strength training. Why do we need to develop muscles anyway? Muscles help to build metabolism, and as you grow older, you’ll really need an increased metabolic rate to maintain your weight. Also, muscles help to prevent diseases, and improve balance. Ladies, don’t think building muscles means you have to look like a body builder. You can maintain a healthy amount of muscle mass.

Reduce Stress and Improve Moods: We now know exercise helps our physical health. What about our mental health? Anyone who exercises would tell you that it definitely reduces stress. Exercise is known to cause the release of a hormone that makes you feel more relaxed, and even increases your self esteem. Because of this hormone, people who exercise are usually in a better mood, have a higher energy level, and sleep better. Exercise usually helps people not only fall asleep, but helps to deepen sleep as well so we feel well rested during the day. However, exercising right before bed can actually be counter-productive because you’ll have too much energy to sleep well. So give yourself enough down time between exercise and bed.

Start moving your body today! From dancing to swimming, there are so many ways to incorporate exercise into your daily life.

Suzanne Brume is a fitness blogger and yoga enthusiast who strives to live a healthier lifestyle and helps others do the same. She blogs consistently at Eights and Weights (www.eightsandweights.com), and gives tips and demonstrations on Twitter (@eightsnweights) and Instagram (@eightsnweights). She is always open for fitness questions!

15 Comments

  1. ufuoma

    July 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Lovely article I will definately put dis to good use.Bella u need to put more health and fitness articles like dis thumbs up!!!

  2. uduak

    July 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    i could definitely use this, not that i havnt read tons of articles abt fitness but this delivers the message better and clearer. good work suzanne.

  3. Folu S

    July 27, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Great job on the article. I just wish I can do what you say. I’m so lazy :(.

  4. ugo

    July 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    oh exercise is the last word i wanna see right now. at least, not after i ate the way i did yesterday. hot damn!!… =(

  5. ugo

    July 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    oh by the way, really great write up. i exercise everyday (every week day) and i don’t like having to justify my actions to people thinking i’m a bit obsessed or something. im not necessarily just doing it to lose weight (although, that ofcourse is one of the aims/benefits)… but i just feel a lot better and more productive when i exercise. i aint no doctor or nothing, but exercise sure does something to your brain/mind/soul…. plus, since i started this regime last year (as well as eating healthy), iv gone a full almost one year without any form of sickness (cold, catarrh, cough, infection… ), and these were common place for me befire. so yeah, exercise is definitely great if you can discipline yourself to make it a routine.
    one more thing, with exercise, “routine” is the word. i mean, im sorry to say but poopping in the gym once a week, i think is just suffering for no reason. there are 24 hrs in a day and 7 days a week. that’s a total of 168 hours in a week. what difference would 1 or 2 hours of exercise make? it needs to be at least 2 or 3 times a week for it to be productive…. and mind you, exercising or being active doesn’t necessarily have to come in the form of gyming. there are other lifestyle choices/sports that can keep you active.

    anyway, thanks Suzanne. i always love your segments 🙂

  6. Oluwunmi

    August 6, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Hello Suzanne, I am happy u are concerned about my health and helped by informing on the benefits of exercising. For no strange reason I liked the part where it helps my sexual activity. Well this article caught my thoughts keeping fit. I hope you can refer a Fitness center in Lagos. Thanks

  7. Suzanne Brume

    August 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Oluwunmi,
    Funnily, I was just researching some gyms in Nigeria and looking at what equipment they have. Here are a few I found:
    Proflex: http://proflexgym.com/index.html
    Barazahi: http://barazahi.com/
    Eko Hotel and Suites: Adetokunbo Ademola Street, VI
    Bodyworks fitness studio: 08067784977
    Volton Fitness Centre: 2 Sofunwa Crescent, Owutu, Ikorodu

    I hope that helped!

  8. may

    August 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    pls put exercise that can help tone the big hand…………….. cos i realli need it.

  9. busty

    August 12, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Hey suzanne, r there exercises dat can help firm the breasts.

  10. Suzanne Brume

    August 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Hey busty, there aren’t really muscles in your breasts, but there are exercises that tone the chest muscles underneath the breasts so the breasts appear firmer. Swimming is one of the exercises. For others, check this out: http://exercise.lovetoknow.com/Breast_Lifting_Exercise

  11. nicol

    April 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    thats great?????

  12. tito

    April 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

    absolutely correct, good write up

  13. Margaret

    February 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Hi,
    Very nice website thanks I can use it for my poster.
    Thanks a lot,
    good write up

  14. alicia

    March 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

    great write up i can use it for my mind map:)

  15. someone

    December 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

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