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The term 'use it or loose it' can be applied to many things in life, such as our talents, ideas, thoughts, actions, and the health of our psyche, minds and bodies. In other words, the more we make use of what we have (such as the body) now, the more it can grow to be of better use to us in the future.
Health Benefits Of Regular ExerciseRegular exercise is a necessary component of achieving and maintaining optimum health. Exercise increases energy, flexibility, strength, endurance, production of hormones and other body chemicals, such as DHEA, HGH, serotonin, testosterone and endorphins. Exercise also helps to regulate blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, hormones and body weight, improves immunity, detoxification, nutrient absorption, digestion, metabolism, blood circulation and oxygenation, and promotes the growth of new brain and nerve cells, thus improving memory, learning and cognitive ability.
Aerobic ExerciseSwimming, jogging, biking, dancing, power yoga (i.e., a form of yoga performed in a swift, flowing manner) and other aerobic exercises strengthen the entire body, especially cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Aerobic exercise increases respiration, expands lung capacity, stimulates circulation, and helps maintain muscle tone. True aerobic workouts increase the body's oxygen production and consumption by increasing the pulse to what is called a 'target heart rate', and keeping it there for at least 15-45 minutes. To calculate your own target heart rate, get an average maximum heart rate first by subtracting your age from 220, then multiply this number by 50-85% depending on the intended intensity of exercise workouts.
Resistance ExerciseResistance exercise could rightfully be called anaerobic exercise, because although it increases metabolism and consumption of oxygen, it does not increase the production of oxygen as aerobics do. Resistance exercises such as weight training and bodyweight calisthenics increase bone density, tone and build muscle. Building muscle is actually accomplished by ripping tears in the muscles, which stimulates the growth of new muscle to fill in the gaps (thus the term 'ripped'). Heavier weights and fewer repetitions build muscle, while less weight and more repetitions tones muscle and increases endurance.
Custom Fitness RoutinesThere are generally three basic phases of any exercise routine, including warming up, working out, and cooling down:
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