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What is Exercise and Why is it Important?

By Thomas Hearn

Exercise is universally accepted as being an activity that improves many aspects of human health. The word is described perfectly in an academic article written by Dr. CJ Caspersen: “Exercise is a subset of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive and has as a final or an intermediate objective the improvement or maintenance of physical fitness.
The amount of exercise needed from person to person varies and the benefits from exercise will range from very minuscule changes to major changes that can be life-altering.
The more a person exercises, the more they gain the perception of what they are capable of, and it improves an array of physical/mental qualities of a person’s body.


What Kinds of Exercise is There?
When people think of exercise, they tend to think of gigantic sweaty men throwing around big weights, but it is much more than that. Weight training is the usage of machines, cables, and free weight to gain strength and muscle. This is a very popular way of exercising due to big names in the bodybuilding/powerlifting community such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, Brian Shaw, Mark Henry, and many more.
Another method of exercise is Calisthenics, which is exercising using the weight of your body to activate the benefits. This is less common but practiced by millions around the world.
Yoga, another popular way of exercise is common among women, but it is for everybody and has also been shown to improve many areas of physical and mental health, especially mental health.

What Health Qualities Does Exercise Improve?
As stated earlier, both physical and mental qualities of the body are improved from exercise, a few mental qualities include, improved confidence, improved discipline, and the ability to build healthy coping skills. Some physical qualities include increased muscle strength, stronger ligaments/tendons, increased oxygen levels, an increased immune system response, and many more. Of course, improvements are varied, so a person who exercises for one day will not benefit from every improvement listed above, exercise is a patient process and that is why it teaches so many people discipline and good habit building.
Go out and try something new, the future version of yourself will thank you.

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