If you want to feel better, perhaps live longer and have more energy, then look no further than exercise.
The health benefits of exercise in terms of physical activity have long been documented, but they’re not always taken seriously enough. When it comes to exercise, we have good intentions, but that’s often as far as it goes.
Some of the benefits of exercise are outlined below:
Exercise & weight
Exercise helps maintain weight loss and prevents excess weight gain. We burn calories when we engage in any physical activity. The more intense the activity, the more calories we will burn. We don’t have to set aside a lot of time to exercise, to reap weight loss benefits. For like me you struggle with exercise, increasing chores around the house helps as does taking the stairs where possible.
Exercise & disease
Being active through exercise boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol, whilst decreasing unhealthy triglycerides. Activity helps blood flow smoothly, which in turn decreases our risk of cardiovascular disease. Regular exercise can help us prevent and manage a wide range of health problems including; type 2 diabetes, cancer, depression and other conditions such as arthritis.
Exercise & energy
Exercise when undertaken regularly can also help increase energy levels and improve muscle tone. Physical activity delivers oxygen to the cells, which helps our cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When the heart and lungs work more efficiently, energy levels increase.
Exercise & mood
Exercise can help stimulate and boost a chemical that can help change our mood and leave us feeling happier and more relaxed. That in turn can help us feel better about ourselves and feel better with the way we look. Not only can exercise help boost our confidence; exercise can also improve our self-esteem.
Of course, other benefits to exercise include better sleep and better sex. Exercise and physical exercise are a great way for us to feel better, have fun and gain health benefits.