Why Do I Need to Exercise?

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Why Do I Need to Exercise?

Exercise is everywhere around you whether you see your neighbor going for a run in your neighborhood, your siblings doing chores, a sports game at the park, or any other repetitive full body movements. Finding ways to bring exercise into your life will give you more energy throughout the day and improve your physical and mental health.

What is exercise?

Exercise is movement that works the body at a greater intensity than your usual day-to-day activities. It can raise your heart rate and work your muscles. Some examples include, walking, swimming, running, sports, yoga, ellipticals, dancing, etc.

What are the benefits of exercise?

Exercise can improve your health and help you lose weight if you have at least twenty to thirty minutes of activity a few times a week. It can lower the chances of heart disease, Type II diabetes, arthritis, breast and colon cancer. You will have more energy during the day as well as improve your strength and endurance daily. You would also be able to solve problems better, deal with stress, think fast, and be able to remember better. Your sleeping will improve and help you relax. By working out at the gym, outdoors, in class, a club, or a sports team, you will be more social.

What is there to consider when deciding on an exercise program?

Decide what your reason is for wanting to exercise like if it is for health, strength, or to be more social. Talk to your doctor and ask which exercises you should do to improve your current health state. Also decide if you would rather exercise alone or if you would prefer to do it in a group. Think if there are any sports that you have always wanted to try out that you might enjoy. Do you want formal exercises or to just be more active doing your everyday activities like doing more housework. You should also see if you have more availability to work out in the day or night depending on your responsibilities.

What is the right way to exercise?

It is best to start off slowly so that you do not overdo it. It is important to take your age, sex, and health problems into consideration. If you are having trouble coming up with a safe and productive exercise plan, it is best to speak to your doctor. It helps to do activities that you like to enjoy so that it does not feel too much like work such as if you like to swim or like dancing. If you enjoy it, you will want to do it more. Give yourself realistic goals to follow so you can follow a schedule and stick to a routine for positive results.

Cottonwood Tucson is an inpatient holistic behavioral health treatment center and addiction rehab. At Cottonwood, there are recreational therapists that create an exercise plan to trigger the release of chemicals that stimulate the growth of new brain tissue such as aerobic activity that involves complex and skillful physical coordination, playing games, and solving puzzles.. For more information, call us today at (888) 727-0441.

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