Many people do not realize how important physical fitness and getting enough exercise really is. Most of the people in the United States will watch an average of 3.5 hours of television every day. This statistic shows that for every year you are alive, you are watching television 56 days of that year. Another sad statistic shows that the participation in physical education in many schools has dropped tremendously-from 56% to 29%--because it is no longer a required part of the school's curriculum. Add in the fact that one-third of our children eat some sort of fast food every day. Over 15% of our children between the ages of 4 and 19 are morbidly obese.
Raise your Metabolic Rate
If all these statistics have made you think twice about your physical fitness and exercise routines, remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Doing some sort of physical exercise every day can significantly raise your basal metabolic rate-the number of calories your body burns just to keep you alive-and can also give you a higher metabolism that can even keep burning calories while you sleep.
Stronger Immune System
Advantages to having a higher metabolic rate are many, including giving you a stronger immune system. When you exercise, toxins are released into your system and are quickly removed through your sweat. This helps avoid developing cancerous or diseased cells in your body. So sweat! It is very good for you!
Another advantage to exercising is the way it can regulate the amount of insulin in your bloodstream. Insulin is routinely known as a fat-making hormone, and its job is to turn your blood sugar into energy. If you have too much insulin in your system, your body will not be able to burn the stored fat and can lead to diabetes.
Control Other Medical Problems
Getting into some type of physical fitness routine every day can also help control other medical and physical problems such as sleep apnea, stress, a decrease in energy, cardiovascular problems, and moodiness. There are too many advantages to list in this one article, but you can be rest assured that this tool of exercising every day will help you become a healthier, stronger, more fit person.
Start a Exercise Plan Today
There are so many types of physical fitness routines that don't require any special equipment that you will never run out of different activities to do. Aerobic exercise, such as bicycling, hiking, jogging, tennis or swimming, can be easily done anywhere in any type of weather. There is also strength training and resistance training which can easily tone specific areas of your body. The most important thing is to get out there and begin and exercise plan.