Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good? Find out several ways exercise can improve your life.
Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits, and have fun. As a general goal, you should aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you are trying to lose weight or meet other specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any health concerns.
Here is the lowdown on just some of the benefits you will receive through exercise.
Exercise controls weight
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. And you don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways, try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or putting more physical effort into those household chores.
Exercise helps combats health conditions and diseases
Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? Exercise helps increase 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.
Exercise helps improves your mood
Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance as a result of regular exercise, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
Exercise can boost your energy level
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 to go about your daily routine.
Exercise helps you sleep better
Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just try not to exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.
Exercise can be fun
Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend your leisure time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors, or simply engage in activities boost your mood. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and get moving!
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