Almost everyone is aware that exercise is important in their daily life. As much as that is true, it is also true that most do not know what exercise does for them that makes it so important. The body is designed to move and stay active at all times and when someone does not do so, they are likely to develop a number of health related problems because the biological functions and chemical reactions that should take place in the body stagnate. You can check out this link for more information on the chemical reactions in the body and how they affect the normal bodily functions.
Importance of good health to a student
Good health enables a student to perform the strenuous mental and physical activities that come with their school curriculum. A healthy student is able to sleep better meaning that they get ample rest improving their overall wellness making them feel more relaxed and ready to process all the knowledge being dissipated in the classroom.
How does a student achieve good health?
Aside from eating right and avoiding toxins and drugs like alcohol and nicotine, good health can only be achieved when one gets the right amount of exercise.
Benefits of exercise
There are many benefits of exercise and fitness to an individual. A few of them are explained below.
Improving muscle strength
Most people associate improving muscle strength with weight lifting and bodybuilding. Improving muscle strength is as simple as staying active so as to keep the joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles flexible. This allows a student to carry their bag packs easily without straining and to move around while avoiding unnecessary injuries. When a student is inured, it will affect his or her participation and performance in school.
One major benefit of regular exercise is maintaining weight. In extreme cases, obese students fail to concentrate in class because of hunger and food cravings. Excessive weight comes with severe health risks like diabetes, pressure, and cardiovascular conditions. Hence, maintaining a healthy weight should be a priority for everyone, not just students. To better understand the relationship between exercise and weight loss, you should understand the relationship between energy expenditure and body calories. When one increases his or her metabolic rate through exercise, their bodies burn more calories which helps them lose weight.
Brain health and memory
Exercise increases the brain functions and helps improve memory and cognition. Exercising increases the heart rate which promotes blood and oxygen flow to the brain. It also stimulates the generation of hormones responsible for the growth of brain cells.
Relaxation and sleep quality
Energy depletion during exercise stimulates your body to produce hormones that demand an energy recuperative process which can only occur during sleep. Exercise is known to be one of the main remedies used to treat people with insomnia. Improvement of sleep quality increases the productivity of students in class and other activities.
How much exercise is a student supposed to get on a daily basis?
According to physicians, all people aged 19 to 64 should get regular exercise on a daily basis. A student should have a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week. That translates to around 20 minutes of exercise daily. Please note the phrase “moderate-intensity” above. It means that you do not have to lift weights or do a thousand push-ups to have exercised. A simple walk in the park, jog, or bike-ride is sufficient.