Heres a list of benefits to ponder:
- Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, strengthens your heart and improves your circulation. The increased blood flow raises the oxygen levels in your body which helps to lower the risk of heart diseases such as high cholesterol, heart attack, and coronary artery disease. Regular exercise can also reduce your blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
- It helps the body manage blood sugar and insulin levels. Exercise can lower your blood sugar levels and improve insulin performance in the body. This cuts down the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. If you already have one of those diseases, exercise can help you to manage it.
- It helps to quit smoking. Exercise may make it easier to quit smoking by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It can also help limit weight gain when smoking is stopped.
- Improves mental health and mood. During exercise, the body releases chemicals that can enhance moods and produce a feeling of relaxation. This can help with stress and reduce the risks of depression.
- Exercise helps to keep thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp with age progression. Exercise stimulates the body to release proteins and other chemicals that improve the structure and function of your brain.
- Reduces the risk of some cancers, including colon, breast, uterine, and lung cancer. It strengthens bones and muscles.
- Regular exercise can help kids and teens build strong bones. Later in life, it can also slow the loss of bone density that comes with age. Doing muscle-strengthening activities can help increase or maintain muscle mass and strength.
- Reduces the risk of falls. For older adults, research shows that doing balance and muscle-strengthening activities in addition to moderate-intensity aerobic activity can help reduce the risk of falling.
- Improves sleep. Exercise helps to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
- Improves sexual health. Regular exercise may lower the risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men.
By no means have I exhausted all the benefits of exercise. Can you think of more? Leave comments below and by all means...Get Moving!