Woman's Era - - Editorial -

Noth­ing bet­ter can be said for the im­por­tance of ex­er­cise in our lives than the state­ment of Ed­ward Stan­ley, US Con­gress­man, “Those who think they have no time for bod­ily ex­er­cise will sooner or later have to make time for ill­ness.”

Reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ex­er­cise is im­por­tant for keep­ing good health. Daily 15–20 min­utes of brisk walk­ing will do the need­ful, any ex­tra ex­er­cise is a bonus. Ex­er­cise con­sumes calo­ries and avoids con­ver­sion of any ex­tra calo­rie into fats, strength­ens the heart for pump­ing blood, re­duces rest­ing heart rate and blood pres­sure, in­creases basal meta­bolic rate and brings feel­ings of well-be­ing due to the re­lease of en­dor­phins. Weight- lift­ing pushes cal­cium in­side bones and pre­vents os­teo­poro­sis. Reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ex­er­cise boosts the im­mune sys­tem and helps

pre­vent dis­eases of af­flu­ence, such as car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, type-2 di­a­betes and obe­sity.

It is not nec­es­sary for you to do heavy ex­er­cise to get health ben­e­fits. A mild ex­er­cise if per­formed reg­u­larly can help you a lot. Walk­ing 30 min­utes a day can help in re­duc­ing your risk of pre­ma­ture death. Walk­ing more than 30 min­utes a day will not help you to live longer, it is only 30 min­utes a day. More ex­er­cise will make you more fit, but may not be health­ier. Pro­fes­sor Ol­stan­sky of the Univer­sity of Illi­nois, says a good pair of walk­ing shoes is the sin­gle most im­por­tant prod­uct to be pur­chased for anti-age­ing. Most ex­er­cise does not re­quire much equip­ment ex­cept a good pair of sneak­ers and will power. Aer­o­bic ex­er­cises like walk­ing, jog­ging, skip­ping, swim­ming, cy­cling etc, im­prove the body’s flex­i­bil­ity, oxy­gen pro­cess­ing, pro­duc­tion of body’s an­tiox­i­dants and re­lax­ation of the body and mind. Ex­er­cise has an anti-age­ing ef­fect, as per Dr Ralph Paf­fen­barger, pro­fes­sor at Har­vard and Stan­ford Univer­sity, School of Pub­lic Health, who was a re­searcher on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween ex­er­cise and longevity, “Each hour you ex­er­cise, you get roughly two ex­tra hours of life.”

Some com­pa­nies have started ad­vis­ing their em­ploy­ees to do reg­u­lar ex­er­cise. In the United King­dom two-four hours of light ac­tiv­ity is ad­vised dur­ing work­ing hours in of­fices. In the United States, the sur­geon gen­eral’s re­port states that ev­ery adult should par­tic­i­pate in mod­er­ate ex­er­cise, such as walk­ing, swim­ming and house­hold tasks for a min­i­mum of 30 min­utes daily. Some stud­ies in­di­cate that ex­er­cise may in­crease life ex­pectancy and the over­all qual­ity of life. Yoga is very ben­e­fi­cial and im­proves the phys­i­cal, men­tal and spir­i­tual as­pects of life. It im­proves the body’s flex­i­bil­ity, well­be­ing and re­lax­ation and boosts the im­mune sys­tem. It also helps both in ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal mas­sage of the body.

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