Daily exercise and physical activity have significant health benefits for the mind, body, and soul. These benefits become even more important the older you get. Unfortunately, most people do not realize just how great exercising is for them.
Weight Loss and Control
One of the most common reasons people engage in more physical activity is to lose or maintain their weight. Exercising burns calories which can lead to weight loss. Whether you are participating in high or low-intensity workouts, it will help you manage your weight. Daily physical activity can be done by going to the gym, taking a yoga class, going for a walk or simply taking the stairs more often.
A Decrease in Health Risks
Exercise may keep you active, but it also helps cut down on your risk of certain health conditions and diseases. Physical activity boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This can help lead to a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and helps reduce the chance of high blood pressure.
Most adults struggle with getting the correct amount of sleep every single night. Doctors recommend that adults sleep anywhere from 7-9 hours each night. Exercise is most commonly known for boosting your energy, but it will also help you sleep better at night. Engaging in daily physical activity will not only help you fall asleep faster but also deepen your sleep because your body is tired and needs a chance to recharge.
Boost in Mood
Exercising releases a chemical called endorphins, which are also known as “feel good” chemicals. Endorphins are also known to produce positive emotions and good vibes. It’s because of this chemical that many people experience a decrease in depression and anxiety. Even if your exercising consists of going for a walk or a bike ride, it can still easily boost your mood. It is also an opportunity to take your mind off of draining responsibilities and relieve any stress you may have.
Exercising is essential for your overall health. Not only does it get you moving, but it will help keep your body in good shape and prolong your life. The beginning of the year is a great time to start a new exercise routine or change your existing one. It does not hurt to try something new, and your body will thank you for it!
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