Some experts say that exercise doesn’t do much for one’s health, others swear that our health depends on regular exercise. Let’s consider some of the pros for exercise.
- It helps burn calories: Many of us are in professions that don’t require a lot of strenuous activity. But, most of us eat foods with high amounts of calories. Over the long run, we take in more calories than we spend. All this extra energy ends up being stored by our bodies as fat.
Regular exercise can help us check this imbalance.
- Disease prevention: The prevalence of some diseases has been found to higher among physically unfit people. These diseases include: cancer, diabetes and, heart disease. About 80% of deaths caused by heart disease are said to be caused by stress and anxiety. Regular exercise increases serotonin levels, which can better help us cope with the everyday stresses of modern life.
Of course, it goes without saying, sex and exercise make us sleep more soundly. This can help us beat depression and unnecessary anxiety. Overall, regular exercise will probably make us less dependent on psychiatric drugs.
- Exercise is fun:Endorphins were touched on in the previous paragraph. Endorphins are hormones produced by the pituitary and central nervous system of humans and animals. Their principal function is to inhibit the communication of pain signals. They may produce a feeling of euphoria similar to that produced by other opioids. Vigorous aerobic exercise has been found to stimulate the release of β-endorphin, contributing to a phenomenon known as “runner’s high”.
The constitution of the WHO(World Health Organization) states:
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Studies have found that an optimistic outlook on life, is an important predictor of health and longevity. In a classic study, the autobiographies of 180 Catholic nuns, composed when they had an average age of 22 years were scored for emotional content and related to the ages of their deaths.
Of the participants in this study, the 25% who had the lowest positive emotions died an average 10 years earlier than the 25% who were found to be most optimistic.
If you’re happier, you’ll live longer, be less prone to diseases and will get along better with other people.