I believe you are wondering what I am up to after reading the title of this article. Never worry, the addiction to exercise is the good thing for you. Get addicted to exercise and you will be as strong as a metal.
The normal thing we all see around is about how people struggle to exercise, it is not easy. Fact is many people just do not have the time to do any exercise. It is not their thing. But it will interest you to note that there are some people who cannot live without exercising. That is exactly what happens when you are addicted to it.
Such people just find it so easy to get some exercise after their morning prayers or devotion. If you are used to exercise, it comes naturally. You need to sweat up so you can shower, that is how it is. Those people also feel sluggish and extremely slow on a day that they miss the morning routine.
And yes, that is what exercise does for you. It makes you feel light, smart and good. It brings a feeling that you can only understand when you experience it. So get your boots ready.
Exercising in the evening blesses lots of people with a good night and a sound restful sleep. They miss out on this benefit if they are not able to exercise. This is the reason why they do their exercise no matter how difficult it gets.
The question is, how did these people manage to get to the point where they cannot do without exercise? They got there because they decided to exercise at a point. Once they enjoyed the benefits, it kept going on and on until it gets to the point of addiction. Addictions are developed by doing what we enjoy over and over again. Ask alcoholics, smokers, among others. You will hear a story like; someone introduced me to this and then I kept on taking it until I got addicted. In such cases, the substance of addiction is a bad thing. Bad because they destroy bright futures; get addicted to wee and you can go mad at a point in life. Get hooked onto alcohol and you can ruin a bright future. Those two substances can ruin your health as well.
But get addicted to exercise and you will be gifted with many good results.
- Reduces the risk of dying prematurely.
- Reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease.
- Reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
- Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.
- Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
- Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
- Helps control weight.
- Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
- Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling.
- Promotes psychological well-being.
More specifically, exercise improves our health in the following ways;
- Heart Disease and Stroke: Daily physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering your blood pressure, raising your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels (good cholesterol) and lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels (bad cholesterol), improving blood flow, and increasing your heart’s working capacity.
- High Blood Pressure: Regular physical activity can reduce blood pressure in those with high blood pressure levels. Physical activity also reduces body fatness, which is associated with high blood pressure.
- Noninsulin-Dependent Diabetes: By reducing body fatness, physical activity can help to prevent and control this type of diabetes.
- Obesity: Physical activity helps to reduce body fat by building or preserving muscle mass and improving the body’s ability to use calories. When physical activity is combined with proper nutrition, it can help control weight and prevent obesity, a major risk factor for many diseases.
- Back Pain: By increasing muscle strength and endurance and improving flexibility and posture, regular exercise helps to prevent back pain.
- Osteoporosis: Regular weight-bearing exercise promotes bone formation and may prevent many forms of bone loss associated with aging.
- Psychological Effects: Regular physical activity can improve your mood and the way you feel about yourself. Researchers also have found that exercise is likely to reduce depression and anxiety and helps you to better manage stress.