We all know exercise is good for us.
Heck, it’s been engrained in our brains since we were young. (I think we all remember taking those dreaded PE classes and running laps around the track!)
But have you actually ever sat down and wondered why it’s just so darn good for you? Or thought about exactly how exercise affects your body, your brain and your abilities?
If you haven’t, it’s time to. Let’s take a look at a few of the major ways exercise can improve your life and your body.
Control your weight
This one’s obvious, right? Regular exercise can help you lose weight or, in the event you’re at a healthy size, it can help you maintain that weight. Exerting yourself physically allows your body to burn calories, and the more you burn, the more you lose. Remember though, if you’re just starting out with an exercise routine, take it easy and work up to higher intensities and longer workouts. Your body needs time to adjust and build endurance.
Increase your energy
Physical activity ensures oxygen is delivered properly to your tissues and muscles, which gives you a boost of energy and keeps you going. If done often enough, exercise also helps your cardiovascular system work better, and it builds up endurance, so you can go longer and harder all day long.
Improve your physical abilities
Regular exercise can strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility, improve your posture and boost your stamina. While these physical improvements will certainly make working out progressively easier, they’ll also carry through to the rest of your life, making it less difficult to run up those stairs at work, play catch with your son, or any other physical activities your day requires.
Stave off serious health conditions
Working out can lower your blood pressure, decrease triglycerides and increase good cholesterol numbers, all of which can improve your heart health and prevent cardiac problems. Exercise can also stave off stroke, diabetes, depression, anxiety, dementia, arthritis and even certain kinds of cancer, like breast and colon. Another biggie: it can reduce your risk of early death by a whopping 30 percent.
Better your mood
Feeling blue? Stressed out about work? Just a few minutes of intense physical activity can turn that frown upside down. It releases endorphins and stimulates other brain chemicals that help you relax and just all-around feel happier. It’s great at fighting off depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
Help you sleep better
Exercise tires you out. It can help you fall asleep faster, and once you’re down for the night, it can even help you sleep deeper. Take care not to exercise too close to bed, though, or you’ll have too much energy to hit the hay.
The benefits of exercise are numerous. Even if you’re not trying to slim down or fit into those skinny jeans, a small amount of daily exercise is crucial – not just to your physical health, but to your overall well-being in general.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, and if you’re having trouble staying motivated, enlist a friend to come along. If possible, make your workouts fun; walk your dog, run with your spouse, or play a rousing game of tennis.
What do you do for daily physical activity? Tell me in the comments!
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Together we can make this world a happier, healthier world!