What is physical exercise?

Physical Exercise

Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons including strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, as well as for the purpose of enjoyment. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent the "diseases of affluence" such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. It also improves mental health, helps prevent depression, helps to promote or maintain positive self-esteem, and can even augment an individual's sex appeal or body image, which is also found to be linked with higher levels of self-esteem. Childhood obesity is a growing global concern and physical exercise may help decrease some of the effects of childhood and adult obesity. Health care providers often call exercise the "miracle" or "wonder" drug—alluding to the wide variety of proven benefits that it provides.

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Surya Namaskara - History - Other References
1896, which claims that in India "there are various kinds of physical exercise indoors and outdoors ... activity that it takes to some extent the place of physical exercise" ... Marathas have performed Sūrya Namaskāra as a physical exercise to develop able bodies.TemplatePage Needed This is not surprising since 'vyayama' (physical exercise in Sanskrit) traditionally has been influenced ...
Physical Exercise - In Other Animals
... Physical exercise has been shown to benefit a wide range of other mammals, as well as salmon, crocodiles and one species of bird ... studies have shown that lizards display no benefit from exercise, leading them to be termed "metabolically inflexible" ...
Surya Namaskar Origins - Physical Exercise
... The use of surya namaskar for physical exercise is also not modern ... History of Aryan medical science published in 1896 says "There are various kinds of physical exercise indoors and outdoors ... of adoration affords them so much muscular activity that it takes to some extent the place of physical exercise" ...
Avisena - The Canon of Medicine - Physical Exercise: The Key To Health
353) The Benefits of Exercise Once the purpose of medicine has been set forth, then from pages 377–455, Ibn Sina divides the way of achieving health as "Since the regimen of maintaining health. 377) Exercise itself is divided into three main parts The Massage (which is equivalent to massaging your muscles before you start to exercise) The Exercise itself ... Giving one of the greatest benefits of the regimen of exercise, and then explaining the extremely important and necessary need for physical exercise Ibn Sina ...
Sport In Indonesia - History
... culture, there is no actual concept for physical exercise as the counterpart of modern sport ... Native Indonesians usually linked the physical activities to tribal practices mainly for ritual, art, physical fitness and martial purposes ... among Indonesian tribes are the earliest example of ritualized physical exercise in Indonesia ...

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