People who are physically more active usually tend to boast about how their muscles are ‘ripped’ and often indulge in ‘gym talks’ with other colleagues who go to the gym. People who have home fitness equipment usually keep bragging about how their fitness machine is better than the conventional machines that the gyms have and about how they get to do different exercise routines on one single machine. Even if you switch on the television, you start seeing commercials about food products that say ‘for a healthy you’ or ‘stay fit for life’. If you swap channels, you see sportsmen talking about their fitness regime, celebs on their gym activities and weight loss and now even some common people giving out testimonials on certain fitness products. The world around you is literally flooding with ‘fitness-oriented’ messages. But why is it so that fitness is given so much importance?
An unending debate can be initiated with this question. Many people would say that fitness just gives you that great start every morning that you always needed; while some may say that fitness keeps you away from illnesses. In fact, there are a huge amount of reasons why fitness can benefit you. Here are some points that give you an idea about why fitness and exercising is good for you.
Why is fitness good for you?
1. Doing regular exercises can keep you active and your heart rate at a normal pace. This may reduce the risks of health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, arthritis and other health issues. You can also avoid heart attacks and cardiovascular problems if you are physically active.
2. If you have a bad eating habit and usually take-in a lot of calories, an exercise can help you lose weight easily. If you lose weight, you can stay away from different health-related problems such as diabetes, cholesterol, arthritis, heart problems and hypertension.
3. If you exercise regularly, you can maintain a healthy weight and this can make you fresh and charged-up every day. You can get a better posture and feel confident if you are fit. If you are underweight, overweight or obese, you may feel problems in socialising and mixing with your peer group and this can be solved by achieving fitness.
4. If you remain physically inactive for a long time, your body’s metabolic rate may slow down. The metabolic rate of your body is the rate at which your body converts calories into energy, which is then used by your body to function properly. If your metabolism gets slow, you may gain a lot of weight and stand at a risk of health problems that are associated to obesity.
What if I don’t want to go to the gym?
Many people have time constraints and cannot travel everyday to the gym and then back home. Many people even find it very boring to go to the gym. If you do not like going to the gym, you can buy a piece of home fitness equipment and stay fit at your home, at your own convenience.
By Jeff Brendon