Six Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
First and foremost, exercise helps control weight. Whether you are trying to maintain or lose weight, physical activity is vital to your success. No matter if you’re engaged in a high intensity workout program or just getting extra movement by taking the stairs or doing household chores, the more you move the better you results will be.
Second, exercise has been proven to combat disease. It has been clinically prove that regular physical activity can help prevent or manage health problems like hypertension, hyperlipidemia, stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis, and falls. And you want to know the best part about this? Exercise can be done for free versus costly medical treatment.
Third, exercise helps with mood. As we discussed last month, exercise can help control stress which affects your mood. By engaging in physical activity, your body produces various brain chemicals which can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Plus, there is the added benefit of increased self-esteem by seeing your body’s appearance change.
Fourth, it gives you an energy boost. Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When your body works more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily life.
Fifth, after using all that energy and gaining that extra level of relaxation, exercise also helps you sleep better. Studies show physical activity helps you fall asleep faster and deeper.
Sixth, whether you believe it or not, exercise can be fun. You don’t have to be chained to a treadmill or shackled to a personal trainer. Do activities you like and it won’t feel like work. If you are social, try doing a class with friends or get a walking buddy. Join a team sport. Go on a nature hike. Play silly games with your kids. Just find an activity you enjoy and do it. If you get bored, try something new. The bottom line is to just get out there and get moving.