Want to feel better, have more energy, and even live longer? Just get some exercise.
Regular workout and physical activity provide numerous health benefits. Exercise benefits everyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical ability.
Need more encouragement to get started? Check out these ways exercise can make you happier and healthier.
a) Weight is controlled by exercise.
Exercising can help you avoid gaining weight or keep it off. Physical activity causes calories to be burned. The higher the intensity of the activity, the more calories you burn. Regular gym visits are great, but don’t worry if you can’t find enough time to exercise every day. Any amount of activity is preferable to none at all. To reap the benefits of exercise, simply increase your daily activity take the stairs instead of the elevator, or increase your household chores. Consistency is essential.
b) Exercise helps to combat health problems and diseases.
Are you concerned about heart disease? Trying to avoid high blood pressure? Being active increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol, and decreases unhealthy triglycerides, regardless of your current weight. This multiple attack keeps your blood flowing smoothly, lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Regular exercise can help prevent or manage a variety of health issues and concerns, including:
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
It can also help with cognitive function and reduce the risk of death from any cause.
c) Exercising enhances mood.
Need some emotional support? Or do you need to relax after a difficult day? Workout in the gym or a brisk walk can help. Different brain chemicals are stimulated by physical activity, which may make you feel happier, more at ease, and less anxious. Regular exercise can also help you feel better about your appearance and yourself, which can increase your confidence and self-esteem.
d) Increases energy levels.
Tired from grocery shopping or housework? Regular physical activity can help you gain muscle strength and endurance. Exercise helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently by delivering oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. And as your heart and lung health improves, you will have more energy to complete daily tasks.
e) Helps you sleep better.
Having trouble sleeping? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster, sleep better, and sleep deeper. Just don’t do it too close to bedtime or you’ll be too energized to sleep.
f) Exercise can be fun, interesting… and social!
Physical activity and exercise can be joyful. They allow you to relax, enjoy the outdoors, or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a social setting that is enjoyable.
So take a dance class, go hiking, or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity that you enjoy and do it. Bored? Try something new, or engage in an activity with friends or family.