Nutrition & Wellness, Nutrition & Wellness, Self Care

7 Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

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You Know Exercise Is Good For You, But Do You Know How Good?

You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good?  From boosting your mood to improving your sex life, find out how exercise can improve your life.

Want to feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life?  Just exercise.

Need more convincing to get moving?  check out these seven ways exercise can lead to a happier, healthier you.

1.   Exercise controls weight

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss.  When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories.  The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.

Regular trips to the gym are great but don’t worry if you can’t find a large chunk of time to exercise every day.  To recap the benefits of exercise, just get more active throughout your day.  consistency is key.

2.  Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Worried about heart disease?  Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides.   This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

3.  Exercise improves mood

Need an emotional lift?  Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day?  A gym session or brisk 30-minute walk can help.  Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.

3.  Exercise boosts energy

Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system to work more efficiently.  and when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.

4.  Exercise promotes better sleep

Struggling to snooze?  Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.  Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to hit the hay.

5.  Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy?  Regular physical activity can improve energy levels and physical appearance, which may boost sex life.

6.   Exercise can be fun… and social! 

Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable.  It gives you a chance to unwind, 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 fun social setting.

The bottom line on exercise

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, boost your health and have fun.  Aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.

Try to engage in a combination of vigorous and moderate aerobic exercises, such as running, walking, or swimming.  Squeeze in strength training at least twice per week by lifting free weights, using weight machines or doing body weight exercises.

Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.

 

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