Introduction: Physical exercise means the regular movement of the limbs and of our body according to rules. It is essential to keep our body fit and mind sound. Physical exercise is of various kinds. Good forms of exercise are walking, swimming, riding, racing, rowing, gymnastics, wrestling and playing many outdoor and indoor games.
Suitability: All forms of exercise are not suitable for all men. If a weak man takes part in a football game or hockey, he will get tired. It does no good to him. Those who are strong and stout can take all forms of exercise. On the other hand those who are weak can not take all forms of exercise. Walking is the best kind of exercise for all in all circumstances. It is of special use to the weak and the old. Walking in the morning and evening refreshes our body and mind. It also enables a man to enjoy the scenic beauty of nature. Swimming is also a good exercise. It strengthens all the limbs of our body. Gymnastic exercises are not suited to people of all ages. The weak and the old cannot stand the strains of gymnastic exercises. Gymnastic exercises are best suited to the young, students and members of well organised clubs, riding, racing, rowing, wrestling, indoor and outdoor games offer simple opportunity for the exercise of our body. Among all forms of exercise swimming and walking are the best because they cost nothing.
Usefulness: An oft-quoted poverb goes that a sound mind lives in a sound body. Mere acquisition of knowledge without sound health is of no use to society. There lies a close connection between body and the mind. If the body is unsound, the mind must be unsound. We can not think of a sound mind without a sound health. It is physical exercise which enables us to build a good health which is the key to success.
Effects of neglecting physical exercise: There are many people who do not take physical exercise. They can hardly realize that they themselves are ruining their health. They fall victim to many diseases. Life becomes dull to them. They are always peevish and ill tempered.
Conclusion: It needs no telling the importance of physical exercise. We build good health and sound mind through physical exercise. Physical exercise makes our body active and the muscles strong. It also improves our power of digestion and blood circulation. It gives strength to our brain. Many good habits are formed through outdoor games. It teaches us unity, patience, obedience, discipline and punctuality.