Exercise makes the body
release chemicals called Endorphins which make you cheerful and fight depression.
Lack of exercise can leave you feeling low and depressed, because of lower level of Endorphins.
Regular exercise, therefore, keeps you in a good mood. Exercise is the most suitable form
of improving physical capabilities and managing weight. People all over the world have
recognized the value of exercises and more and more people are coming forward to get
dividends from these activities.
Exercise keeps you happy and healthy and also gives you psychological satisfaction of being in good shape
Aerobic exercise burns fat and calories, helps you to lose weight, strengthens your heart muscle, increases your ability to use oxygen and relieves stress. It is important for everyone to get aerobic exercise at least three to five times per week for 20 to 60 minutes. To keep your exercise routine fresh and fun, vary your activities whenever possible. Aerobic exercises are very effective in strengthening the heart and lungs, strengthening the organ's ability to contract. Stronger contractions means an improved, stronger blood flow, in turn making a body better equipped for exercise. It is also a good aid for loosing weight. As beneficial as aerobic exercise is, however, it's not enough to add muscle and shape to your body.
Not all sport activities provide an effective aerobic workout. If you participate in a sport where the action is not continuous, or where players are often substituted in play for short periods of time, you may need more aerobic activity to balance out your fitness routine or to achieve weight loss.
Aerobic sports include cycling, hiking, running, and tennis. An aerobics class will improve cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular strength, coordination and balance.
Calories per 10 min : Moderate-50; Moderate high-75; High - 110.
Benefits : Can be done anywhere. Good for body composition and cardiovascular fitness.
Considerations : High impact aerobics may cause leg injuries. Low impact aerobics may not raise heart rate. Difficult to measure week-to-week progress.
Walking is the cheapest, easiest and most convenient form of exercise for all age groups, and can be easily adopted if one has the will-to-do-it. It accounts for more than half the body muscles and joints, exercises, spinal cord, shoulders, arms, feet, heart, lungs and brain. Walking helps cultivate relationships, makes one forget worries, and eases the mind. It aids digestion, stimulates the brain, and helps the blood flow evenly throughout the body.
Prerequisites for walking:
Calories per 10 min : 3 mph - 50; 4 mph - 60; 5mph - 95; 5.5 mph - 110;
Benefits: Good for body composition and cardiovascular fitness. Low injury rate and very safe.
Considerations: Takes longer than other activities to improve cardiovascular fitness and derive the full benefit. Does little to condition muscles of upper body and waist.
Running is good form of Exercise for people of all age groups, including children and those in the older age group. It involves almost all the muscles and strengthens them. It has a salubrious effect on the heart and multifarious advantages.
Those who have adopted it seriously have not only been able to lose weight upto 10 to 12 kilograms in 12 week's time, but have also been able to run a half marathon, that is, 22 kilometres at a good tempo.
Skipping is the ideal form of exercise at home. A rope of medium thickness about 9 ft long is enough. The ends of the rope are stitched or a knot at the ends to increase durability. If the rope touches the feet while one is skipping, it means the rope is too short, if it touches the ground, it is a bit too long.
For the purpose of weight management, the skipping exercise should be done for a longer period of time with a hop in between-one skip and one jump in a rhythm. Skipping strengthens the muscles of the legs, abdomen, back and arms with its circular rhythmic movement. It is used for developing many other conditional qualities in addition to endurance, like agility, speed and throwing and jumping power etc. 4 Week Sample Programme for Skipping:
The skipping programme, when undertaken in the house should be at a place where the height of the ceiling is more than 10 feet above the ground level. There should no hinderance from any quarter while the exercise being done.
Beginners can skip continuous for 30 to 90 seconds depending upon their capability. This can be done 3 to 4 times with a proper lapse of time in between. The rest period can be reduced slowly as the skipping capacity improves. As one improves, the time for continuous skipping improves along with the number of sets during a training programme. A sample training programme is detailed in the table to start with. A Sample Skipping Programme:
People who face problems in adopting other forms of exercise because of weak joints and excess body weight can take on cycling as a suitable form of exercise. Not only does cycling give one an opportunity to enjoy nature in the outskirts of the city, it also involves all the muscles of the legs and strengthens then. The muscles of the upper body and arms are only used to maintain the correct position when cycling. Thereafter, it is advisable to add some exercises for the upper body and arms along with the cycling programme. Cycling at full speed on a busy road is risky. A circular road with a few openings should be chosen. Beginners should be careful when taking on a cycling programme. The first few days of cycling can be taken on only for adopting the body to the new regime. This will help in you becoming familiar with the route and the environment. It can even be included into the daily routine. One may use it to get to work or to perform household duties of fetching the required groceries from the market, depositing telephone and electricity bills etc.
Cycling in a leisurely manner may not be of much use. The pulse rate must be brought to the training zone to attain the maximum benefit from exercising. Do not cycle at full speed at the start. Adapt your body to the rhythm for a few minutes before starting the work out. Calories per 10 min : 5.5 mph-40; 10mph-70; 13 mph-110; 18 mph-145
Benefits : Strengthens leg muscles. Good for body composition and cardiovascular fitness.
Considerations : Cycling in traffic has risks. Good bicycles are expensive. Most people pedal too slowly to derive good benefit. Climbing stairs:
Calories per 10 min : 7" riser:30 steps/min 1 at a time : 110 40steps/min 1 at a time : 140 ; 40 steps/min 2 at a time : 190
Benefits : Good for body composition and cardiovascular fitness.
Considerations : Too strenuous for some people. Very boring. Yoga/stretching:
Calories per 10 min : 40 or less
Benefits : Excellent for improving flexibility. No equipment required.
Considerations : No improvement in cardiovascular fitness, reduce body fat or improve muscle endurance and strength. Calorie Burner: