Physical exercise

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The word exercise means:

  • Things to do to get some practical experience and skill in some activity.
  • Repeatedly moving the human body to make it stronger or better at doing something. This is called physical exercise.
    South African cricket player Makhaya Ntini doing a flexibility exercise.

Basic modes of physical exercises[change | change source]

People do physical exercises as a part of their healthy lifestyle to get stronger and healthier or stay strong and healthy or to improve their body image. There are three basic modes of physical exercises:

  • Flexibility exercises help the human body in general or its part in particular to be able to reach farther and bend better.
  • Aerobic exercises help the body work hard for a long time.
  • Anaerobic exercises, like lifting weights, make the arms and legs stronger.

Exercises can be an important part of physical therapy, weight loss, or sports performance.

Exercise can be fun, but it is important for the exercisor to do what he likes and eat enough calories, so when he exercises he is building up muscles, not just breaking them down for fuel. Carbohydrates are muscle-sparing; and if one does not get enough calories overall, there is the risk of burning muscles up with the fat to make up the deficit.

Gym exercise by a senior, Hollywood.

Exercise benefits[change | change source]

Benefits of exercise for all ages have been known since antiquity. Marcus Cicero, around 65 BC, stated: “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” [1]

Regular exercise has been shown to help high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression, among others. "More than 90% of the studies show that sedentary people who completed a regular exercise program reported improved fatigue compared to groups that did not exercise.”[2]

Types of physical exercises[change | change source]

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