- March 7, 2017
- Posted by: Abayomi Sowemimo
- Category: Health
Is it really necessary to keep my body fit?
Do I have to engage in recreational activities to become healthy?
I Look and I feel healthy . Why do I need to exercise?
I rather read my books all day long and play video games than give my precious time to exercise my body! It’s really painful to exercise. More so I am not fat!
A healthy body is a happy body! We perceive body fitness program and exercise as an act only to be performed by Olympic athletes and professional sportsmen and women who are into competitive sports and games to be at the centre stage of physically being fit which is a wrong notion towards our personal body condition and lifestyle. Exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had, but for too long we have neglected to take the dosage as appropriate.
There’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you live a healthier and even happier life. People who do regular exercises have a lower risk of having many chronic diseases, such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, stroke and cancer. Research shows that physical exercises can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
It is recommended that as a teen, you should get at least 1 hour of exercise, preferably all days of the week. Yet physical exercises tend to lag during the teen years. Teens dropping out of organized sports and participation in daily physical education classes is a thing of the past.
Sedentary lifestyles by teens have majorly become a modern problem nowadays, partly because technology has made our lives easier. Studies show that teens on average spend more than 7½ hours a day on various media, including watching TV, listening to music, surfing online and playing video games. We can even access the E-library from our smart phones on our bed rather than go to the library to source for educational materials, entertain ourselves in front of a TV or computer screen. Work, house chores, shopping and other necessary activities are far less demanding than for previous generations. Crucially, as teens we need to intentionally integrate sports and exercise as a habit into our life cycle to enable us keep our body in good condition and to promote an all-round fitness (physical, emotional, cognitive and social development).
Having fitness goals as teenagers is a way of preparing your body to be strong and prevent diseases at old age
Dr Nick Cavill, a health promotion consultant on his research on health and lifestyle stated that “If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost effective drugs ever invented”. Given the overwhelming evidence, it is obvious and essential as a teen to be physically active; at least to be active daily and aim to achieve a minimum of 150 minutes of physical exercises over a week through a variety of intentional physical activities.
Sequel to regular exercise which helps to prevent or manage a wide range of health problems, here are some of the benefits why keeping fit should be a health habit:
- Better Mood and state of mind
When we exercise our body, it triggers the release of chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins helps our mood by making us feel happy and peaceful. Teenagers who exercise often have better self-esteem than teenagers who don’t. Teenagers who do not exercise often are also prone to being bullied because they often look depressed and have a low self-esteem.
Regular exercise reduces the amount of stress hormones in the body, resulting in a slower heart rate, relaxed blood vessels, and lower blood pressure. Increased relaxation after exercise shows on your face with reduced muscle tension. Research shows that regular exercise reduces symptoms of mild to moderate depression and enhances psychological fitness. Exercise can even produce changes in certain chemical levels in the body, which can have an effect on the psychological state.
- Lower Risk of Diseases
Exercising helps in reducing the risk of developing diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases. When we exercise, we help our body by cleaning it just like we keep our surrounding clean and avoid insects and animals like the mosquito and snakes.
Regular, moderate exercise, particularly weight-burning exercises like walking, running, jogging, and dancing, keeps your bones strong. Studies show that resistance and strengthening exercises also boost bone mass and keep muscles strong.
- Better skin
Exercise also boosts circulation and the delivery of nutrients to your skin, helping to detoxify the body by removing toxins or poisons.
5. More brainpower
Exercise boosts blood flow to the brain and helps it receive oxygen and nutrients. The better shape you’re in, the faster you activate brain waves that are responsible for quick thinking. For example, if maths is a real problem, you may find that daily exercise helps to solve it.
Get Fit, Stay Fit!