How Often Do You Exercise?

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer, Sheriza Jiwani

Exercise is one of the things that can be procrastinated or pushed aside in day to day life.

The minimum recommended time for youth to exercise is 60mins per day, but how many people actually do? In a sample survey conducted, only 13% of the population surveyed exercised for the recommended amount of time. This is a growing concern for everyone’s health. First off, fitness is beneficial for your health; it prevents obesity, helps your sleep better at night and strengthens your heart as well as other muscles in your body, and prevents illnesses. Along with this, fitness can help boost your mood, give you more energy, build self-confidence and self-esteem. This happens because you release endorphin, a chemical that naturally relieves pain and lift mood. All together, these things can make a huge difference in your life.

There are many things you can do to exercise. For example, you can do things from playing an organized sport to weight training to an adventurous hike. All these things can get your heart going and build muscle. It is essential to push yourself so you can feel a burn, but not to the extent where your feel like you are going to faint you have worked so hard. Take it a little bit slower. Do what is comfortable for you but also allows you to feel a burn and to push yourself. When you build resistance to that (it becomes super easy), then go a little bit further.  

There is another extreme of exercise that is pretty important to know about. It’s the compulsive exerciser. The pressure to succeed or look like (as an example) an angel from Victoria Secret causing you to exercise more frequently than normal, can be a sign that you are a compulsive exerciser. Another sign is if you put fitness ahead of your commitments, your relationships, and your homework. It is important to exercise, but there has to be a balance between your life and fitness. has said that if you answer yes to any of the following questions, it can be a sign of compulsive exercise:

  1. Do you force yourself to exercise, even if you don’t feel well?
  2. Do you prefer to exercise rather than being with friends?
  3. Do you become very upset if you miss a workout?
  4. Do you base the amount you exercise on how much you eat?
  5. Do you have trouble sitting still because you think you’re not burning calories?
  6. Do you worry that you’ll gain weight if you skip exercising for a day?

If you feel that some of these may be true for you, seek help from a guidance councellor, coach, parent, teacher or another adult you trust.

Exercise can have a positive impact on your life, that is, if it is a healthy amount for you. It should be something fun that you want to do. Be sure to do what is healthy for your body and always consult a physician before you proceed in any hardcore exercise.