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Lift Things Up And Put Them Down: How Working Out Makes A Better You

Working Out

by Avery Drake

 

Working out will not only benefit you physically, but mentally and in everyday life.

Going to the gym and exercising in general will benefit you in multiple ways such as: better physique, mental strengthening, being stronger, and having more energy for everyday tasks.

One of the main things working out does for you is well known and that is a better physique. This is how your body looks on the daily, just living everyday life. According to sweatlikeapig.com “Weight lifting is essential to developing a good physique. Resistance training – either using free weights, machines or your own bodyweight – will change your body composition, unlike cardio and dieting alone. Resistance training places your muscles under stress, which they will respond to by growing.” As long as you are not eating unhealthy everyday you will see results. Not only this, but the healthier you eat the more it will benefit you.

Working out strengthens your mentality because of how it reacts to your different emotions from the mind. An article from The Huffington Post explains how exercising can help you relieve stress and boost your self confidence. “Regardless of weight, size, gender or age, exercise can quickly elevate a person’s perception of his or her attractiveness, that is, self-worth.” So if you have a bad day at school, go for a run and it will help immensely. “Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress. So go ahead and get sweaty — working out can reduce stress and boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension.”

Another benefit of working out is one of the more simple things, strength. Working out daily or often is a way to build your overall everyday strength. “After you workout, your body repairs or replaces damaged muscle fibers through a cellular process where it fuses muscle fibers together to form new muscle protein strands or myofibrils. These repaired myofibrils increase in thickness and number to create muscle hypertrophy (growth),” as said by an article on builtlean.com. Then from the muscle growth comes them getting stronger in order to achieve the feat that is completing the task for whatever broke them down in the first place.

Finally, being able to have more energy throughout the day is hugely beneficial. With more muscle mass on your body and less fat, your body will be able to function with less stress. The more muscular your body is the less energy your body needs to perform everyday tasks such as walking and moving around.  “Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.” With this energy consumption being more minimal with less fat, the leaner you become the more efficient your body will be.

In all, working out is an overall benefit for anyone that wants to participate in it. Exercising daily or at least a couple times a week can improve your everyday life in physical and mental aspects. Tyshawn White, a student athlete at Central Dauphin says, “Working out is what makes a person if you think about it. No one is telling them to work out and be healthy. It is a life decision that betters your mind and body.”

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The student-run, student-edited newspaper of Central Dauphin High School. Adviser - Mr. Mark Britcher Editors-in-Chief - Elizabeth Ebert, Senior, and Cleo Robinson, Senior

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