What does it mean to be healthy? Is merely eating healthy enough to ensure a healthy body and lower the risk of maladies? As a young adult it is very important to understand the importance of exercise for the mind and body. Here are two benefits of exercise:
- Exercise helps control weight.
Exercise can help prevent weight gain and also enhance your ability to maintain a specific weight. This is because when you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
- Exercise helps to combat health conditions and diseases.
Conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure have been proven to be reduced through consistent exercise. “Regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, a number of types of cancer, arthritis and falls,” according to the website mayoclinic.org.
- Exercise promotes better sleep.
If you are struggling with sleep, physical activity can help you fall asleep quicker, and also deepen your sleep. But it is important to plan before exercising so you don’t do it too close to bedtime.
Health and Physical Education teacher Dave Hix has tons of experience with inspiring young people to be active and learn new skills.
Hix says it is important to exercise because “the benefits compound, they pile up and get better but if you are inconsistent you can get hurt and lose your progression.”
Hix points out a key reason young adults need to work exercise into their daily routines.
“Society today is much different than it was twenty or thirty years ago. Kids don’t get outside and play like they used to,” Hix said. “Exercising 60 minutes a day, three days a week is a healthy lifestyle for teenagers.”