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Extraordinary Exercise: Why it’s essential

By: Mihir Rao

Exercise is one of the most important things in our daily lives, but why is it so important? Who really pioneered modern exercise? And what can a person do to stay in shape? In this article, I’ll delve a little deeper into the history of exercise, and how it could be one of the most important things in your daily routine.

The History:

Keeping oneself in shape has been around since the dawn of man, but when did people start making exercise a crucial part of their routine? In Ancient Greece, athletes used to train themselves to keep in shape for events such as the Olympics, which demanded one to be in great physical shape. In Rome and Greece, People used to do exercises such as callisthenics, throwing a heavy stone (as a form of ballistics training), and plyometrics (long jumps, high jumps, etc.).

New exercises such as javelin throwing and co-operative training were also introduced in the renaissance period and the 1850-1950 period made playing sports such as football, tennis and cycling popular.

Modern Forms of Exercise:

Exercise has developed along with our understanding of the human body. As we understand ourselves and our limits more, we can better tailor our exercises to fit our preferences. Nowadays, exercise comes in the form of special training for different body parts, such as dumbbells for your arms, planks for your core, squats for your leg strength and your core strength, etc. New machines such as treadmills, bench presses, and stationary cycles have been introduced to help people exercise without leaving a specific space.

Why Exercise?

Exercise has only been around for the last few thousand years, which begs the question: Why Exercise? Why do people make an effort to stay in shape when, for millennia, humans did not exercise and were fine without it? Well, this question has a simple answer: Exercise comes in different forms. In the past, because people used to do laborious tasks daily for their entire life, exercise was not needed since their body was already being exercised through physical work. However, as times have progressed, our use of laborious work has greatly decreased, with the industrial revolution, and the fact that we can obtain any item we want without moving. Our need for exercise has stayed the same, however now that we do not have a lot of physical work, we have to exercise using special techniques to keep ourselves fit.

Exercise, however, is not only something that you have to do in return for keeping yourself fit. Exercising has a plethora of mental, as well as physical benefits.

The Benefits:

Mentally, exercise improves mood and self-esteem, lessens stress, improves your body-image and confidence, and boosts your happiness! Exercise releases endorphins, which trigger positive feelings!

Physically, exercise can help you manage your weight, reduce your risk to various diseases, reduce your risk for cardiac problems, strengthen your bones, muscles, ligaments, and limbs greatly, all while keeping you in shape.

Let’s also not forget about the pandemic: Exercise can seriously help people who are feeling down in the pandemic, or maybe even people who may have gained weight because of being stuck at home, and not being able to go anywhere! Exercising is a great way to keep yourself busy, and can be a fun thing to do with your family too!

However, even though exercise has a TON of benefits, over-exercising can cause some problems with one’s health, which is why one needs to remain cautious about the amount of exercise being done.

To conclude, exercise is a vital part of life, and it has a plethora of upsides that come along with making it a part of one’s daily routine. So, if you want to improve your quality of life, introducing exercise into your schedule can be a great idea!


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