Did you know that exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health? It's true! Exercise provides a multitude of health benefits. No matter what your age is, exercise is something you should be doing regularly to improve your overall health and well-being.
Generally, there are 2 types of exercise; Cardio or aerobic activity and muscle strengthening. Cardio can be moderate or vigorous and gets your heart rate up and blood flowing. Muscle strengthening involves working all of your body’s major muscle groups such as legs, hips, back, shoulders, arms, chest, and abs.
Below are some benefits of exercise and physical activity.
Exercise is a great way to help manage your weight. You can help prevent weight gain and maintain weight loss by burning calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
Any amount of activity is better than none at all. To reap the benefits of exercise, just get more active throughout your day. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator, do some extra chores around the house, park farther away when you go to the mall or grocery store for some extra steps, or take a walk outside or around the office on your lunch break. Consistency is key.
Regular exercise can help to prevent and manage some health conditions and diseases. Studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, various types of cancer, depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure.
Strengthen your bones and muscles
As you age, exercise becomes increasingly important for protecting your bones, joints, and muscles. Muscle-strengthening activities help maintain or increase muscle mass and strength, which can decline with age. This is important for older adults who may experience reduced mobility and difficulty performing daily activities.
If you’re new to exercise, start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. Speak with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
Studies show that people who exercise regularly experience less depression, anger, and stress than those who don't exercise. When you exercise your body starts to release endorphins, which are “feel-good” chemicals. Exercise also increases heart rate, which triggers the release of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps the brain deal with stress.
So if you're looking for a way to boost your mood, exercise may be just what you need. And it doesn't have to be strenuous exercise; even moderate activity can have a positive effect.
Promotes better sleep
Exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety, two common causes of insomnia. Exercise also boosts serotonin levels, which can help regulate the sleep-wake cycle. And finally, exercise can help reset your body clock, making it easier to fall asleep at night.
It’s important to make sure you do not work out too close to bedtime as the release of endorphins during your workout can energize your brain making you feel too alert at bed time.
Exercise has so many benefits for your overall health and wellbeing. It can help with weight management, improve sleep and mood, lower your risk of developing certain diseases, and promote better sleep. Taking some time out each day to get your heart rate up and move your body is crucial for maintaining good health. You don’t have to go to the gym to exercise, take a walk in the park, do some chores around the house, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Just get moving!