The term Exercise is one of those indigenous dividing concepts that have stayed with mankind for as long our existence. Exercise is the prime of self-awakening and enlightenment for many, while it is also a dreaded nightmare for others. Enlightening because it is highly rewarding and dreading because it requires a lot of effort. One should always remember though, in this particular case like most other healthy things, rewards outweigh the pain of effort. To this day, thousands of benefits have been associated with exercise as much extensive research has been conducted on the subject. Yet, some people may associate stereotypes with exercise and use them as loopholes in the fitness theory. With most benefits and stereotypes being common knowledge today, let us take a look at 10 facts about exercise that will blow your mind.
Facts About Exercise:
Being emotionally tired does not impact your workout sessions
This one is for the people who refrain from exercising when they feel mentally and emotionally tired rather than physically. According to the research conducted by Kristy Martin, there is no difference in exertion levels between mentally fit and exhausted individuals. Performing exercise elevates mental health as it leads to the release of brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Therefore, if you feel mentally tired or fatigued, you have all the more reason to put your running shoes on!
Workout Constant is a End
While many of us are strongly motivated to exercise regularly and keep our bodies fit, not a lot of people are familiar with the fact that using the same workout routine for an extended period makes your body comfortable enough not to reap anymore benefits from your workout sessions. This demotivates fitness lovers as they no longer see any growth or progress in their quest for a healthier life. It is called the plateau stage. At this point, what your body needs is some challenge, a higher difficulty that will make you put more effort than before. This kind of training is called ‘Periodization’. So, always keep in mind to set goals that are not too distant, and once you reach those goals, aim for a greater challenge to reap maximum positive results.
Fitness goals are important to find the right exercise:
Yes! You cannot just hop on the fitness train and blindly expend your physical energy. Everyone has different body conditions and based on these conditions, they have to pick from two basic exercise types; aerobic exercises and anaerobic exercises. Aerobic exercises utilize fats and carbohydrates in the presence of oxygen and minimize the risk of heart diseases. Whereas, anaerobic exercises utilize glucose stored in muscles and blood and doesn’t require oxygen. Anaerobic exercises build endurance, improve respiration, and strengthens metabolism which in turn, burns fat.
Exercise retains your energy levels in old age:
The beauty of expanding your physical energy from early on is that you get to reap long-term benefits from it. A research study from Justin D Crane has found that the more regular you are with aerobic exercises for longer periods, the greater will be the strength retained by your body even in the older ages. This is a very insightful study for elderly people who struggle more with their body strength as they get old.
Listening to fast tracks will not increase your exercise intensity:
Sad news music lovers, despite all your beliefs, you won’t get more than a jolly ride out of your music-fueled workout sessions. As it turns out, listening to fast-paced, slow-paced, or no music has no impact on the amount of energy spent. So, you might want to switch to some other method if you are looking to improve your daily performance in workout sessions. Also, note that this study was conducted for aerobic exercises.
You are either a runner or a sprinter:
Can’t beat your friends at a sprint despite all your best efforts? Or do you feel like running comes to you more naturally? It is not you; it is your genetics that decides it for you. Our bodies have two types of twitch muscle fibers; fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fibers. Those with fast-twitch muscle fibers naturally excel at sprinting whereas people with slow-twitch muscle fibers have better luck in running marathons.
Body goals to couple goals?
This is a rather peculiar one but stay with me. A survey conducted by Women’sHealth concluded that more than fifty percent of single individuals rank the gym to be a better place for finding a love partner than bars. The major possible reasoning behind this conclusion is the theory of perceived positive notion of a healthy lifestyle that serves as a common ground for attracting people towards each other at gyms.
Sprinting is wrong warming up exercise:
It is a common trend that people would use anaerobic exercise such as sprinting for warming up before their workout session. Guess I have some bad news for those who represent this group. A recent study has found that anaerobic exercises reduce the endurance of your upper-body muscles. Consequently, you will not be able to make the desired progress in your upper-body workout session that day. Therefore, avoid anaerobic exercises as warmups on your upper body workout days.
Lower body workout and a standing job:
Standing for longer periods requires balance in your body. It is usually known as static state balance. If your body is fatigued from lower body workout, it will negatively impact your balance instead of making your legs strong. This is a nightmare for those with standing jobs. Therefore, try only working out your lower body on weekends or whenever you have an off day from work.
Exercise recovers nerve damage:
Exercising has not only beneficial effects on our body but inside our minds as well. As we grow older or reduce our physical activity, our brain like our muscles starts getting weak. This happens due to over-time damage to our nerves in the brain and nervous system. Research has concluded that exercising regularly helps to repair the nerve damage leading to a healthy mind.