Life is not merely living but living in health’. Good health is the most important requirement and a precious asset of human life. To achieve success and happiness and to enjoy life, good health is essential. Physical exercise is the pre-requisite to good health. It is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health or wellness. The regular movement of the limbs of the body according to rules is termed as physical exercise. Its aim is to keep a body fit and hardy. Physical exercise is of immense help in maintaining good health and fitness.
We know that all the parts of a machine have its individual function and unless each part is set to work, the whole machine remains inoperative. Similarly, our body is a machine and the limbs of the body should be allowed to do their individual functions to keep a body active. Neglect of bodily health can be disastrous for us. It causes several physical and mental problems. Physical exercises help in the proper functioning of the body. Everyone benefits from exercise, regardless of age, sex or physical ability. It can be done in several ways such as running, going to the gym and even walking.
It is necessary for the regular circulation of blood, proper digestion of food and for the systematic function of the nerve system. Many of the diseases can be prevented or controlled through a particular type of exercise. Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. Excess fat, coronary heart diseases, diabetics, asthma, etc. can be effectively controlled by means of physical exercise. Physical exercise enables a person to live a long life. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.
It is said, ‘A sound mind lives in a sound body.’ If we were healthy, we would be able to keep jolly all the time and enjoy life at full length. And if we want to be healthy, physical exercise is a must. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster, get better sleep and deepen your sleep. In brief, physical exercise is essential for leading a healthy, happy and successful life on earth. It improves mental strength and capability. It adds to our capability and improves our performance.
A physical exercise is a form of discipline. It means self- control and sincerity. There are many forms of physical exercise. Each one is suitable for people of a particular age. It can be indoor or outdoor or can be done with instruments. Running, swimming, horse riding, rowing, cycling, gymnastics and such other exercises are good for the limbs. Those who are not capable of doing these may try walking. Different games like football, cricket and country games like ha-du-du, Daria bandha are among the top-class exercises.
We should always keep in mind that all kinds of physical exercises are not suitable for all because different people have different capacities. Obviously harder exercises like wrestling and gymnastics are suitable for younger people who have the energy to perform them. Weaker and old people should take milder exercises like walking, jogging, and free-hand exercises. Hard-working people like rickshaw pullers, laborer’s, workers need not take physical exercise. We should keep in mind that over-exercise never does well rather breaks down the health.
Physical exercise is important for the preservation of health. Regularity in exercise is imperative for the preservation of good health. It also builds our character. The exercise learned at an early age will help us enjoy better health and make better soldiers of us in our struggle of life. It is a good source of energy, stamina, and strength. So, we should practice it from our early years.