By Femi Paseda
Exercise is a tool every woman should take seriously because it helps to improve her health and, consequently, ensure that you live a long and healthy life. In this week’s edition of Iya magazine health and fitness, we will be talking about why exercise is a powerful tool for women’s health.
If there’s one thing we need to recognize as women, it is the fact that the value of exercise cannot be exaggerated. We need to prioritize health and fitness because it is the only way to keep the only body we have healthy and strong. There’s no replacement, neither is there any second chance:
1. It improves your reproductive health
According to Chelsea Polis of the Guttmacher Institute, more than 31% of couples fail to have a child in the first year of unprotected sex. While the women in Nigeria boast only about 2.4% of the total population in the world, we contribute to more than 10% of the deaths of pregnant mothers.
This is not to scare you; rather, this is just a way to let you know that unless you take care of your body, these are some of the things you might probably experience. Exercise is beneficial for women who want to get pregnant as well as those who are pregnant. This helps keep the mother healthy and helps the baby develop the best motor skills, which is essential for their development. So, for your health and that of your child, exercise.
2. It Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Cancer was not prevalent in Africa back in the day, but with many lifestyle changes, it is certainly a problem for women, especially breast cancer. Nigeria accounts for only 2.64% of the world’s population, yet statistics show Nigerian women account for 25% of all cancer cases, and this is saying something. Engaging in regular exercise is good for the body, and studies have shown that it helps lower the risk of breast cancer.
3. Improves your mental health
You might not know this, but the time you spend exercising helps keep your mind safe. It prevents mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, something many women face today.
More than one in three women in Nigeria experience anxiety for some reason, but when you exercise, it helps to calm your nerves and relieve you. It also helps relieve symptoms associated with mental health conditions, making it possible for you to remain mentally sound even in stressful situations.
4. It protects your cardiovascular health
A lot of us women die as a result of heart-related conditions. According to a WHO article published in 2018, Nigeria’s coronary related deaths account for 5.60% of the total deaths, and we rank 31st in the world. Exercising keeps your heart beating properly and being a healthy lifestyle; it helps to prevent any heart-related complications that could cause women to die suddenly.
It is said that when we know the importance of something, we learn to take it seriously. Exercise is an important tool for women’s health and something you should take seriously. Check out some of our other fitness articles for beginners for Information on how to start your fitness journey today. Till next week, stay healthy.