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Regular Exercise: The Secret of a Healthy Life


As you may know, different types of physical activities imply different benefits. Some activities focus on improving muscular strength, mobility, flexibility, coordination or the cardiovascular system. A sedentary life may lead to an early death or an old life full of diseases and pain. The exact amount of exercise needed to enjoy these benefits varies. Nevertheless, it is recommendable to do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity daily if possible. You can even divide the 30 minutes in periods of 10 or 15 minutes. Moderate-intensity activity improves the heart rate and breathing. An example of moderate-intensity exercise is brisk walk, or any other activity that makes you sweat but allows you to have a conversation comfortably.

Different studies have been conducted to determine exactly what the benefits of daily exercise are. All of them have found out that regular exercise reduces the risks of suffering a stroke, diabetes and heart disease. It also contributes to lose weight. According to the National Weight Control Registry you can maintain your weight just by doing 60 minutes of moderate physical activity. Other studies assert that you can burn 400 calories per day doing physical activity. If you get your body accustomed to workout, you will prevent injuries, muscle soreness and a bulkier appearance.

Strength-Training, another type of workout that involves the use of resistance such as weights, have shown to improve coordination, muscle strength, balance, metabolic rate and make stronger the musculo-skeletal system. As we become older, we need fewer calories to work. This type of workout helps us burn this additional weight by decreasing fat tissue, raising metabolic rate and increasing muscle mass. Bones will also be healthier and stronger thanks to strength-training. In fact, it has shown to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Regular exercise is beneficial for elderly people because it allows them to perform usual activities with more confidence and coordination. Remember that never is too late. Start a routine of regular exercise now. Your body will appreciate it.


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