The Case for Exercise

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Daisy Barragan, Rampage Reporter
March 14, 2012
Filed under Opinion

We’ve heard as kids that if we exercise we live longer. Exercising 60 minutes daily will make a healthier you. But why is it that we know the benefits of exercising, yet we fight to park in front of the door of our favorite shopping store?

College is a new experience for young adults. It changes your life and your ways of living. Some college students move out of their home to go to college and are faced with many life changes. You meet new friends and make academic choices that will help you define who you are. With all those new changes in your life you find yourself fighting with stress.

As a college student you are expected to do many things you haven’t done before. You make your own life decisions and possibly cook for yourself. The pressure of your family might be killing you, as you’re expected to do well in school.

Many college students choose to eat junk food and drink alcohol to release the stress. But in the long run that will bring more stress to your lives and can lead you to larger health problems.

For all these reasons, it’s very important for you to stay active. If you weren’t active in the past, it’s time to start. Studies have showed that exercising relieves stress. Exercising gives you more confidence and more control of your life. You will achieve better grades if you’re an active person.

You could start an exercising plan without even noticing it. For example, when you go shopping don’t fight for that parking space in front of the store. Park a few parking spaces back. You will then be walking more steps to get to the store, but that’s okay.

That can be your daily workout. The same goes with parking on campus. Why go in circles trying to park by your class building? Park down the street, or even better, ride a bike to school.

There are many factors on why we should exercise. Exercising boots your heart rate and promotes cardiovascular health. It can also help you lower your blood pressure, and it controls weight.

If you don’t exercise you will never be able to burn off all those extra calories you’re consuming. The more intense the activity is the more calories you will burn. Simply things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator can benefit your health.

According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regular physical activity can help you prevent many health problems and concerns, which include, smoking, metabolic syndrome, type two diabetes, depression, certain types of cancers, arthritis and falls.

People who experience a fall tend to be more fearful. But Exercising helps with that fear. Exercising will stimulate various brain chemicals that will lead you to feel happier and relaxed.

If you are feeling down and need a little boost, there is no need for those expensive drinks. Physical activity can improve muscle strength and boost your endurance. When exercising, you are sending oxygen to your tissue, which helps your cardiovascular system work more powerfully. It’s in your hands to live a healthier life.

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