This guest post is written by Lai Wee Kiat, bodybuilder, personal trainer, Mr Kuala Lumpur 2013 overall champion and blogger of Fabodylous. If you’re looking for a personal trainer in Singapore, click here.
In a perfect world, we’d all be playing DoTA all day and eating pizzas and drinking Coke and still be fit, lean and healthy. But of course, we don’t live in a perfect world. Really guys, it’s time we all work out some other muscles other than our fingers! Here’s why.
#1 STR +3
Yes, you’ll be stronger. Weight training is your best friend for this. Perform compound movements such as squats, bench press and deadlift for 5 to 10 reps, 4 sets each, as heavy as possible. Soon, you’ll be able to carry heavier weights (or broadswords).
#2 SPD +2
Life will be so much easier if you’re faster, right? You know what is better than a normal slow, long jog? Sprints! Find a track or a treadmill, sprint as fast as you could for 30 seconds, then walk slowly for 2 minutes. Perform 5 to 8 sets of sprints and congratulations, you’ve leveled up SPD + 3, AGI + 3. Now go slay some monsters.
#3 MP +20
Exercise boosts energy. Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. 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 slay monsters!!
#4 Item Acquired: Antidote
Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.
#HP + 50
Exercise enhances blood flow to the brain, possibly reducing risk of stroke. It also improves reasoning and memory.
Regular exercise arouses the brain and slows down degeneration of the central nervous system, which leads to slower reaction times and poorer coordination.
Exercise also increases strength and size of muscles and improves lung function. Regular exercise can reduce body fat and lower the risk of chronic lifestyle diseases in the elderly. Recent literature suggests that the greatest threat to health is not the aging process itself, but rather inactivity.