Do you want to feel better, have more energy, and,
perhaps, live longer? Look no further than old-fashioned exercise.
Exercise can help prevent chronic health
conditions like obesity and arthritis, boost confidence and
self-esteem by adding a feeling of strength and attractiveness as
well as the knowledge you are doing something good for your body.
These are just a few of the benefits from exercise regardless of
age, sex or physical ability.
1. Exercise improves your mood.
If you need to blow off some steam after a stressful day, a good
workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help you calm down.
Exercise stimulates various brain chemicals, which
may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before
you worked out. You'll also look better and feel better when you
exercise regularly. This can boost your confidence and improve your
self-esteem. Exercise even reduces feelings of depression and
anxiety. If you tend to reach for a beer, try reaching for the
treadmill it will help in a lot more ways.
2. Exercise combats chronic diseases.
Regular exercise can help you prevent, or manage, high blood
pressure. Your cholesterol will benefit, too. Regular exercise
boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good,"
cholesterol while decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or
"bad," cholesterol. This one-two punch keeps your blood
flowing smoothly by lowering the buildup of plaques in your
Regular exercise can also help you prevent Type 2
diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer.
3. Exercise helps you manage your weight.
We all know that when you exercise, you burn calories. The more
intensely you exercise, the more calories you burn - and the easier
it is to keep your weight under control. You don't need to set aside
major chunks of time for working out. Take the stairs instead of the
elevator. Walk during your lunch break. Turn off the TV and take a
brisk walk. Dedicated workouts are great, but activity you
accumulate throughout the day helps you burn calories, too. You'll
keep the weight off, or take it off, and feel better.
4. Exercise strengthens your heart and lungs.
Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps
improve your entire cardiovascular system. The circulation of blood
through your heart and blood vessels, work more efficiently. When
your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you'll have more energy
to do the things you enjoy. With more energy, you'll be able to
accomplish more, spend more time with your family, etc. All this
promotes the positive cycle of attitude, self-confidence and stress
5. Exercise promotes better sleep.
A good night's sleep can improve your concentration,
productivity and mood. Regular exercise is sometimes the key to
better sleep. Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and
deepen your sleep.
6. Exercise can be fun!
Exercise doesn't have to feel like a chore. Take a fitness
boxing class. Check out a local climbing wall or hiking trail. Push
your kids on the swings or climb with them on the jungle gym. Plan a
neighborhood kickball or touch football game. Find an activity you
enjoy, and go for it. If you're moving, it counts!