Health benefits of exercise

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.

15 Jan, 2016

4 thoughts on “Health benefits of exercise

  1. This is a timely reminder for me, as I do find it difficult to exercise in the winter as my main form of exercise is the road bike, but the weather in the UK between November and February is pretty poor.

    I did notice a huge difference when I was cycling last summer and felt much healthier. I can’t wait for the better weather, but in the meantime I’m going to look for an exercise bike to help me keep fit during the winter, when I can’t get out to ride.

    1. Thanks, yes it’s always good to have something to fall back on in terms of exercise through the winter months.

      It’s amazing how unfit we get when we stop exercising, even if it is temporarily.

    1. Thanks Carol. Sounds good. Yes, warm baths are particularly good for muscles and muscle strains. I think you’re right, and I am sure a warm bath before physio will make the body more relaxed and responsive.

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