The Importance of Exercise for Adults
Increment in age is generally associated with a decrease in physical activity, which is improper. The need for frequent exercising rises as one age.
Scientists have made countless researches over the years, and every research we know about shows a positive correlation between exercising and aging.
It was once claimed (although not proved), that 15 minutes of exercise could add up to a whole full year to your lifespan. While this might not be factual, there is no doubt an atom of truth in it. This suggests that exercising is an essential activity that must not be taken with levity.
From research and studies, here is a list of benefits associated with physical activity that has been proved by professionals.
- Mental health
Exercising has been found to positively impact mental health in several ways. Exercising releases some body chemicals like endorphins and serotonins which scientists find to positively improve moods. Regular exercise can also relieve stress and reduce mental health abnormalities like anxiety.
It helps you to think more clearly, and positively impacts sleep. Recent research found a connection between physical activity and increased brain capacity. Some hours or even minutes in the gym would make you feel better, no matter how good you already feel.
- Prevents diseases
Researches have found that cycling or walking for an hour daily reduces the risk of cancer by an estimate of 16 percent.
Maintaining a regular exercising habit reduces your vulnerability to both chronic and minor diseases. Researches have also shown that adults who participate in a sport or other physical activity get an improved immune function.
Physical inactivity causes the introduction of unwanted pathophysiological changes to our body, calling for the need for more exercise, especially amongst adults.
Even light exercises such as walking and aqua jogging can improve the immune system and help build immunity to dangerous illnesses like lung disease, high blood pressure, obesity, dementia, diabetes, and even Alzheimer's disease.
It is also found more rewarding for women to be more physically active.
- Weight control
People willing to lose weight are usually found mostly at the gym, exercising. This is due to the scientists’ claim that physical activity helps a lot in weight control.
Although, recent researches now show that the body size and shape are not only determined by the exercise but also the amount and quality food one consumes.
The claim that exercising helps to burn off calories has not been disputed. The fact that calorie deficit helps in weight loss is also widely believed. Therefore, it can be concluded that exercise is a dominant factor in weight loss.
Sophisticated gym equipment is not necessary for exercising to lose weight. Running up the staircase and back multiple times is enough to shape your body in a couple of weeks.
- Fun and improved social life
It’s always recommended to join an exercise group to make the process enjoyable. Joining a walking group or attending group fitness classes are excellent
While exercising in a group, you have the opportunity to make friends, converse with other members, and share stories, interesting or not. Also, some hilarious gym moments will keep you entertained.
Doing these maximizes the satisfaction derived from the strenuous exercise. It helps to curb any feelings of loneliness and it helps the exerciser see the exercising process as more of an enjoyable game than a boring task.
- Pain reduction
Chronic pain can be devastating at times, and one might want to consider going inactive until the pain is relieved. This practice has been proved wrong by scientists. Besides, scientists clam that excruciating pain could be relieved by exercise.
Trying partial crunches, which involves exercising the back and groin has proved invaluable in eliminating back pains, and every other related pain.
If you’re a frequent host of back pain and migraine, it’s time to get to the gym!
However, you should be careful of what exercises you partake in when you have pain, as some exercises will make the pains more excruciating. You won't want to do multiple sit-ups if you're having pain, to avoid further injury.
- Prevention of falls
When people grow older, they may start to experience falls due to a lack of physical activity. Recent studies have shown that people aged 65 and older fall at least once a year.
Falls contribute mostly to infirmities and mechanical injuries, and the mortality rate shows a direct proportion to the rate of falls occurring.
Fortunately, falls can be prevented by exercising. Light or moderately intense exercises have been found to reduce the risk of falls, at all ages. Agility, balance, and mobility exercises are very effective to prevent falls, and this has been backed by the medics.
- Improves mood
There is a positive correlation between exercise and mood, and an even stronger correlation between mood and general health.
While exercising is generally associated with fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, it is even considered generally better to exercise outdoors, especially if you're exercising to improve your mood.
Sometimes, doctors do recommend exercising for victims of depression, as it has been found that exercising regularly for 16 weeks is just as effective as an anti-depressant medication.
If your sole aim is to improve your mood, then you should think of hitting the gym regularly, or joining a local club, as interaction with others will be very helpful.
Physical activity is not only good for you as an adult, but it's also necessary. Ranging from obvious benefits like weight control, to even less known ones like disease prevention, you’re always sure to get something important from each gym session.
It is also important to identify what exercise is right for you. While all exercises are good, not all are exactly good for everyone.
Whether you can only afford to do light walks, moderate exercising drills, or vigorous exercises, they’re all excellent in improving your cognitive skills, mental health, and social life. Also, you're sure that you’ll never get overweight.