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October 2, 2015


The Importance of Exercise and Fitness

Would you like to: 

• Decrease your risk of disease?
• Feel better physically and mentally?
• Look better?
• Help avoid injuries?
• Keep doing activities you enjoy throughout your life?

Regular physical activity will help you do these things.  Physical activity is essential to prevent and reduce risks of many diseases and improve physical and mental health.  It can even help you live longer—research from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine indicates that regular exercise can add up to five years to your life.

Why is exercise important?

Our bodies were meant to move -- they actually crave exercise.  Regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health.  It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases.  It can improve your appearance and delay the aging process.

When you exercise, your body uses energy to keep going.  Aerobic exercise involves continuous and rhythmic physical motion, such as walking and bicycling.  It improves your stamina by training your body to become more efficient and use less energy for the same amount of work.  As your conditioning level improves, your heart rate and breathing rate return to resting levels much sooner from strenuous activity.

Exercising with weights and other forms of resistance training develops your muscles, bones and ligaments for increased strength and endurance.  Your posture can be improved, and your muscles become more firm and toned.  You not only feel better, but you look better, too!

Stretching exercises are also important for good posture. They keep your body limber so that you can bend, reach and twist.  Improving your flexibility through exercise reduces the chance of injury and improves balance and coordination.  If you have stiff, tense areas, such as the upper back or neck, performing specific stretches can help "loosen" those muscles, helping you feel more relaxed.

Once you begin to exercise regularly, you will discover many more reasons why exercise is so important to improving the quality of your life.  Exercise reduces stress, lifts moods, and helps you sleep better.  It can keep you looking and feeling younger throughout your entire life.  That is something we can all benefit from.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.