5 Reasons Why Working Out Is So Important

Regular, moderately intense exercise is very important. Simply because it helps lower the cancer risk by controlling weight, reduce insulin or sex hormones, as well as strengthen your immune system. Here we list out 5 crucial reasons in details to tell you more about the association between exercise and your quality life.

1. Building a good lifelong habit and maintaining a healthy weight

Authorities view obesity as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. In Singapore, 36.2 percent of Singaporeans aged 18 to 69 were overweight in 2017, which is also gradually increased year after year. Dr. Khor, who was speaking at an event at Giant Tampines, indicates that “An unhealthy body weight in childhood is likely to persist and progress later in life, leading to an increased risk of conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, and stroke”. Therefore, it is important to inculcate exercise habits to the public, especially in the young.



2. Working out is positively associated with academic success and self-achievement

A recent journal published in April 2018 by Dr. Gun-Soo Han clearly states that the relationship between physical fitness level and academic achievement in middle school students is positively associated. Specifically, in South Korea, students’ final exam scores subjects such as English, Mathematics, and Science were significantly related to the physical activity promotion system score (PAPS is evaluated by the Korean Ministry of Education by measuring students’ physical fitness level). More importantly, the findings can also be applied to adults.



3. Improve memory

The hippocampus shrinks in late adulthood, leading to impaired memory and increased risk for dementia. A study published in 2011 by Dr. Kirk I. Erickson has shown that aerobic exercise training increases the size of the anterior hippocampus, leading to the improvement of spatial memory. Also, aerobic exercise training is effective at reversing hippocampal volume loss in late adulthood, which is accompanied by improved memory function.



4. Increases self-esteem

When your fitness level increases and your body changes and improve, it boosts your self-esteem. The sense of achievement you get from learning new skills and reaching your goals can as well help you feel good about yourself and therefore lift your mood, which increases life satisfaction.

5. Relieves stress, anxiety, and depression

Anthony Bourdain, chef and TV host, was found unresponsive in his hotel room on June 8, 2018, due to a long-term depression, which raised up the public attention and concern. So, how far are we from falling into a depression? The Singapore Mental Health Study 2010 found that Major Depressive Disorder affected about 159,000 adults here during their lifetime, and the number is increasing yearly.

Fortunately, aerobic exercise training has antidepressant and anxiolytic effects and protects against harmful consequences of stress. When you exercise, your brain chemistry changes through the release of endorphins (sometimes called ‘feel good’ hormones), which can calm anxiety and lift your mood.


We all now know how working out should be an integral part of our lives, and why it is such a great lifestyle habit to have. We highly recommend you to try to take your first step.  You can choose to do any type of exercise as long as it interests you, just remember to be active and keep your body moving!

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  • Elle

    December 12, 2018 at 3:33 pm


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