What are the health benefits of exercise?

If you are thinking about exercising, you might want first to research and find out what health benefits you can expect if you exercise regularly. Many health experts today encourage people to include exercise as a necessary part of daily routine in order to promote general well-being. With balanced and proper diet, adequate rest and relaxation, exercise is recommended to promote optimal health.

If you are usually inactive, then you can improve your health and well-being by becoming even moderately active on a regular basis. Keep in mind that your physical activity doesn’t need to be strenuous to achieve significant health benefits. You can achieve greater health benefits by increasing the amount of your physical activity (duration, frequency, or intensity).
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If you didn’t know, besides being an aid in effective fat/ weight loss, there are many benefits of exercising, like reducing risks of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of illness and death. Here is a general overview of the health benefits that exercise can bring you:

  1. Exercise reduces risks of dying from heart diseases, cancers (uterine, colon, and breast), stroke, diabetes and arthritis.

  2. Exercise reduces risks of dying prematurely.

  3. Exercise will help you lose unwanted weight, especially fat weight by decreasing your Body Mass Index (BMI), reducing your total cholesterol and reducing the circulating levels of triglycerides in your blood and increasing your metabolic rate. Perhaps this is why active people can “Eat anything and not gain weight.” and why other folks “Gain weight just by looking at food.”!

  4. Exercise improves the functioning of your immune system as well as blood and oxygen circulation for your vital organs.

  5. Exercise increases your insulin sensitivity to prevent against type 2 diabetes.

  6. Exercise increases your energy and endurance level.

  7. Exercise slows down aging by improving your physical, mental, emotional and psychological well- being.

  8. Exercise reduces your risk of developing many bones and joints diseases or disorders.

  9. Exercise even helps in enhancing creativity and imagination. It is also linked with improved mental vigor, including reaction time, acuity, and math skills.

  10. Exercise helps you in providing physical and mental rejuvenation, making you feel good about yourselves and thus improve your esteem and confidence.

  11. Exercising improves your mood and due to the chemicals it releases in the brain called endorphins, it gives you an overall feeling of well-being. This is the same chemical that being in love or eating chocolate induces!

  12. Exercise will help you sleep better. Just be sure not to exercise too close to your bedtime if you exercise at night, because it may keep you awake. If you need to exercise within a few hours of going to bed, make sure it’s only a brisk walk. Experts say that you should allow yourself about 3 hours between exercise and going to bed.

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We strongly advise you to get off that couch and start moving as soon as possible. Remember, the time and effort that you put in exercising today will have positive health benefits tomorrow!

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