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All of us have heard that exercising is great for health, but few of us know its exact impact. While it helps one to achieve the desired physical shape, its effects on the mind and the soul are also well established. Although, a majority of people are well aware of the benefits, yet many don't pursue it actively. This can be because of the busy schedule that all of us follow, but there are many people who don't indulge in any form of activity because they are not completely aware about its importance. They mistakenly believe that exercising is only important for aspiring bodybuilders. What they fail to understand is that our body craves for some sort of exercise for its smooth functioning, and when we don't do it, wear and tear is inevitable. Our lifestyle today, has changed drastically, thanks to the numerous innovations in technology. You can get a machine to do almost all your daily chores, reducing even the slight possibility of you engaging in any form of physical activity. A sedentary lifestyle can affect our body in the long run, therefore, it is important that we take up regular fitness regime.

Helps in Losing Weight

One can choose a cardiovascular exercise, like aerobics, walking, running and jogging, swimming, etc. for the same. They will help in burning a number of calories. It will in turn also help in increasing the metabolism of the body. Visceral body fat is also reduced with regular exercise.

Improves Stamina

Often, we feel tired very fast or are not able to perform an activity as fast as we would like to. This is due to low stamina. With regular exercise the body is trained to use less amount of energy for doing certain amount of work. This also makes the body more efficient in energy management, which in turn helps in increasing stamina. You will also observe, that with regular exercise, the heart rate comes back to resting levels sooner after you have performed a strenuous activity.

Tones the Body

There are a number of people who often ask how to tone up without taking any medicines. The answer is by following exercise programs. While the cardiovascular exercises help in getting rid of the excess weight, strength training activities can help you in building body muscles. To get a well-toned body with the help of weightlifting you need to follow a diet, otherwise it can also lead to fatigue and weakness.

Improves Mood

Now let's get to know why it is important for mental health. There are a number of psychological benefits of exercise. It helps in increasing self-confidence and self-esteem. The person does not suffer from depression and is cheerful all the time. A person who works out regularly will be less anxious than people who do not work out. It helps in releasing endorphins and chemicals, which help in making the person feel more peaceful as well as happy.

Boosts the Immune System

It has been established that moderate exercise helps in strengthening the immune system. This is because it causes physiological changes in the immune system. It has been found out that immune cells - which are responsible for fighting pathogens - circulate quickly through the body during exercising. When we keep on exercising over a period of time, this behavior of immune cells becomes long-lasting, helping in prevention against contagious diseases.

Reinvigorates Your Sex Life

Research conducted over the years has revealed that men who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Also, it elevates the arousal hormones in woman, which helps in better lubrication. And among other things, it definitely gives your partner a boost if you have a toned body. Men who exercise on a consistent basis also find it easier to last longer during the 'act' without feeling tired! So, if you want your sex life to be tantalizing, pull up your socks and head to the gym.

Helps in Curing Insomnia

A study conducted by the Northwestern University found that people who were engaged in physical activity were more likely to overcome sleep disorders such as insomnia. Not only does it help you in having a good night's sleep, but it also drastically reduces the accompanying symptoms of sleep disorders like anxiety and depression.

Exercising has become all the more important for the youth as today, they are spending their entire day sitting in front of the computer, playing video games and eating junk food. This is bound to have an adverse effect on the individual, sooner rather than later. By resorting to regular routines, they are negating the effects of these indulgent activities, and ensuring that their bodies do not become stale thanks to the sedentary lifestyle that they lead. It cannot be stressed enough, that exercise is vitally important for the survival and the smooth sustenance of human life.

We know that there is a unanimous acceptance of its benefits, but what keeps most people away is procrastination. The banal excuse, "I have no time on my hands" is just self-deception or escapism on our part. If you are determined to keep some time for exercising in your daily schedule, trust me, it would surely show great results in your personal and professional life. Remember, Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.