Thursday, May 26, 2011

Some exercise fun-facts !

Eisha Sarkar
Posted on Hello Wellness on May 21, 2011

A friend's Facebook status message reads, "I do ten sit ups every morning. It might not sound like much, but there are only so many times you can hit the snooze button." What is it about exercise that turns us into the staunchest of couch potatoes? Why do we love the gym jokes as much as we hate treadmills? And why do we prefer dumb belles over dumbbells? Exercise is not all about sweat, muscle and packs. Here are some interesting fun-facts on exercise:

Gyms for the naked!
The much-hated word gymnasium aka gym comes from the Greek word gymnos meaning naked. In ancient Greece, athletes competed in the nude to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body and as a tribute to the gods. Today, gyms stand for the same  - appreciation of the body, both male and female. So, if you need to know why you should exercise, go to one. Watching all those sculpted figures weight-training will motivate you too. And no, gyms are no longer for nudes.

When working out is play!
Playing chor-police, hide-and-seek or Cowboys and Red Indians with your kids and in just one hour helps burn as many calories (if not more) as you would walking briskly for the same time. Indulge in weenend matches of gully cricket with friends, a rowdy game of football or dive into a swimming pool just for fun’s sake!

Stand up and lose more
You can actually burn 12 calories by standing for just 10 minutes. So if you've got to wait for your turn at the doctors', dentists', outside the boss' office or at the bus stop or train station, you'd rather kill time by standing up staight.

Get your memory back
American researchers have suggested that older adults brisk walking can increase the size of the hippocampus, a brain region involved in memory formation. So if you've been forgetting too many things recently, taking a walk might be a good start!

Exercise will give you the physique that you will be proud of and the mental strength to keep you going. Work on yourself for a healthier future.

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