The Advantages of Exercise

Exercise is good in any amount, but the more we do, the healthier we'll be. Here are JUST A FEW advantages of exercise.

Control Weight
Your physical activity and weight are directly correlated. You need to be active whether your goal is to lose weight or simply maintain your current weight. Try to be active throughout the day if you don't feel like you can work out frequently. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, complete household tasks more quickly, or, my personal favorite, chase the kids around. Move it by getting up off the couch.

Enhances Mood and Memory
When you're anxious, your body goes into a panicked state. Exercise generates endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Along with reducing pain perception, increasing happiness, and relaxation, endorphins also give you a "high" akin to morphine. a healthy high? Who could top that? In addition to raising body temperature, exercise may also have calming benefits on the body. As an added benefit, it promotes the flow of oxygen, which enhances your brain clarity and memory. Exercise can help you cope with the daily challenges we all face if you do it consistently.

Increases your Lifespan
Exercise affects the body in a variety of ways that lengthen longevity. You live longer because it impacts your heart, lungs, bones, brain, and many other organs. It not only lengthens life, but also raises quality of life. You can live a happier and healthier life by reducing chronic pain, stress, and health problems.

Boosts Immune System
There are various theories as to how exercise aids in the prevention or treatment of ailments. It can be because it elevates your body warmth, lessens stress, or stimulates waste production. Personally, I think that since exercise benefits every organ in the body, it improves the efficiency of communication between all the body's systems. This in turn facilitates our body's response to viruses or bacteria that infiltrate our system. Who doesn't want to be healthier, either way?

It combats health conditions and diseases: This section could be a whole post on it's own. I will just briefly mention some of the diseases that physical activity can help combat.
  1. Diabetes (Type 2): It can help increase insulin sensitivity and improve blood sugar.
  2. Cardiovascular Health: Strengthens your heart muscle and lowers blood pressure.
  3. Cholesterol: It boosts the production of HDL (good cholesterol) and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This keeps blood flowing smoothly in the body.
  4. Depression/anxiety: It may stimulate the growth of hormones in certain brain regions.
  5. Arthritis: Slows the loss of bone density.

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