Physical health has always been a heavily discussed subject. With new innovations and studies continuously arising, it is little wonder that health has become such a hot topic. there are so many reasons for individuals to keep their bodies healthy – life expectancy, general health, the increase and maintenance of fitness levels, and aesthetics. Studies have recently been being published that highlight the necessity of exercise to the health of the brain. Regardless of which logic one acclimates towards to keep their physical fitness consistent, the benefits far outweigh the inevitable aches and pains that come with challenging one’s body. The body’s physical health is of vital importance to not only the muscles being tested, but the heart and the brain as well. Even simple movements – such as opting to go for a walk instead of a break at work, or riding the exercise bike while watching Netflix – can not only improve one’s physical health, but can also provide a mental strength and competence. Coupled with eating a well-balanced, healthy diet, exercise can (and will) improve an individual’s overall quality and zest for life.
The rush of endorphins that an individual does experience when engaging in physical activity can be attributed to the body’s natural response to physical activity. Multiple studies have been conducted that attest to the necessity of exercise towards the body’s physical health.
The endurance of the human body is impressive to say the least. When fitness goals are continuously set and then reached, the body’s response is to heighten the level of durability. Considering this reality, there are several other factors that contribute to an individual’s overall health and fitness – each of them of equal importance. Protein bars, vegan protein powder, and fitness tracking apps are just a few of the products that individuals regularly use to enhance their fitness performance. As well as taking supplements and proteins to aid the process of physical fitness, there is the hot topic of what one fuels their body with. While some prefer to spend a few hours on the weekend prior to the week preparing that week’s meals, some also subscribe to ready-made meal plans – taking the work of making the food themselves out of the equation. While exercise benefits the muscles, the brain, and the heart, eating a healthy diet has long been thought to have a bigger impact on weight gain/loss than exercise on its own. The combination of the two allows the individual to get the very best out of their body and, in turn, their quality of life.
Exercise has been definitively proven to make people feel better, as well as live longer.
There has been continuous debate on whether things like stretching prior to engaging in physical exercise benefit or debilitate the body’s performance (stretching the muscles loosens the muscles, and slows the speed at which they can perform as a result). While the debates that are in continuous circulation grasp for relevance on either side of the arguments, one fact remains steadfast – physical exercise gives the body new life. To get the most out of exercise, one should be working out (regardless of if it is an intense workout at the gym, or opting to walk to work instead of driving), fuelling their body with healthy foods and plenty of water, and giving the body the rests that it needs to ultimately improve. If the goal is weight loss, a combination of healthy foods in moderation, cardio, and strength training can be key to ultimate results. If the goal is to gain weight, increased carbs and protein – paired with strength training and cardio – will provide the body with the tools that it needs to produce results. For individuals that simply wish to maintain their physical fitness (and appearance), maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regime will prove to be beneficial. While each of these methods is widely appropriate, it is also important to know every person’s body is different, and will adhere to different results in various periods of time.
A new study has found links between the health of the physical body and the health of the brain. While this argument has been in circulation for a while now, this study seemingly proves that exercise can aid in the conservancy of one’s brain health – specifically, the aging brain. Physical training not only strengthens the muscles in the body, but it also strengthens the brain against exhaustion and debilitation – the kind of mental fatigue that can lead to severe dementia. The exact resolutions are not yet solidified, but strong indications show that people should consider physical exercise and brain health to be similar (if not startlingly the same) to physical exercise and the condition of the heart. Mental health is another facet that is directly benefited by exercise – there is scientific proof that exercise does reduce the inflammation of physical illnesses like cancer and diabetes. Physical activity can also slow down the aging process, and help to treat (or prevent) mental illnesses like depression.
The benefits of giving the body the exercise, fuel, and energy that it needs to perform at even the most difficult challenges are second to none. As the muscles are engaged in exercise, they grow and strengthen. This gives the body a surge in overall energy and power that, with consistent movement and implementation, continues to evolve – the obvious result is that physical fitness is heightened, and the body’s strength is always rising. As new goals are met (and then exceeded), the body’s tolerance for strength training and cardio improves, and the individual can continue to develop their fitness levels. The benefits of physical fitness to the heart and the brain are equally as important as the physical benefits, as the mental health of an individual is key to the overall quality of life in an individual. When someone chooses to dedicate a part of their life to eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, exercising, and keeping their physical fitness as a priority, the results and the benefits continue to flourish.
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