Why exercise should be a part of your daily habits

Physical exercise is a vital part of a long and healthy life. It can prevent cancer, sleep problems, asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and a host of other issues. Regular exercise sharpens your athletic abilities and strengthens your muscles and cardiovascular system.

There are countless ways to exercise, and all of them can be made fun. A lot of people go to the gym to use all their different types of workout equipment, to socialize, and to take classes offered by trained instructors. Some people opt to work out at home with their own equipment such as a stationary bike, treadmill, or home gym. Treadmills and stationary bikes are good for increasing cardiovascular health, while the home gym is good for muscle conditioning.

Regular exercise also increases bone density, prevents injury, and bolsters the immune system. When you exercise, you should breathe deeply so enough oxygen enters your lungs. If deep breathing is done properly, the heart does not have to work as hard while the muscles are getting the oxygen they need.

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Many people start an exercise program thinking that they can lose body fat in just one area, but that is a myth. One cannot spot-reduce; for instance, doing countless sit-ups will not reduce fat in the abdominal area. Reducing fat is a matter of getting enough exercise so that you burn more calories than you take in.

Exercise is important because it helps to increase the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain, to regenerate nerve cells, and it also encourages the release of serotonin and dopamine, which are biochemicals that enhance cognitive ability.

You don't have to go to the gym to get a good workout. Jog around your neighborhood, play basketball, lift weights at home, or take a swim. All of these are beneficial in so many ways, especially to the immune system.

Exercise is very important and very beneficial, but it is possible to overtrain (exercise too much). Body parts and muscles need at least a day's rest in between strenuous workouts, to allow the muscle fibers time to heal. Muscle tissue develops over time, and people who exercise too much have a higher risk of circulation problems.