As students, most of us lead sedentary
lifestyles. We spend most of our time in claustrophobic
classrooms and homes. With loads of homework, assignments and exams, exercise
seems to be a monotonous chore. The
increasing demands made upon us by our studies, exams and the high expectations
of our parents and teachers leave us with little time for pleasure and leisure.
The need to exercise becomes a bitter pill to swallow. Nonetheless, health
experts prescribe exercise as a prerequisite for along, healthy life -- a
life free from diseases and ailments.
Physical exercise not only stimulates
and develops muscles, it has a host of other benefits. Regular exercise can
prevent obesity. When we exercise, our bodies burn up all the extra calories
which would otherwise be converted into fat and lead to unwanted bulges. Being
overweight also carries with it a number of other health problems, so,
exercising not only keeps us trim, it also keeps away weight-related problems.
Exercise improves blood circulation which, in turn, provides constant
nourishment to the millions of cells in our body. When physical exertion takes
place, the rate of breathing increases. Thus, the capacity of blood to carry
oxygen is increased. At the same time, it helps the body to get rid of harmful
Vigorous exercise also eliminates modern-day stress. The
number of people suffering from insomnia is on the rise. The increasing pressure
and nagging worries of work and study often keep us awake at night. For many of
us, the dawn of a new day brings no cheer. Exercise can be instrumental in
helping a person obtain a more relaxed sleep. A tired person will be refreshed
and high-spirited after a good night's sleep. A few hours of exercise will help
in getting sound sleep and is the perfect, soothing balm for a tired body and a
Increasing affluence has caused changes in our eating habits.
we indulge in rich food, high in calories and cholesterol. Medical evidence
substantiates the fact that exercise can significantly lower the levels of sugar
and cholesterol in our bodies. In other words, consistent physical activity can
actually provide relief from ailments such as hypertension, diabetes and heart
There are many benefits to be gained from exercise. A person who
exercises regularly has good health and more vitality compared to someone who
does not exercise.