8 Amazing Benefits of Exercise:
Benefits of exercise. You’ve heard that exercise is good for you, but every time you try to get started you feel like our son did a few minutes into our walk.
Sometimes exercise seems hard and miserable. Sometimes you’d rather do just about anything than exercise. Here are some of the proven benefits of exercise to help motivate you.
1. Exercising keeps the weight down.
Fat is stored energy, a calorie is actually a way to measure energy and the body stores extra calories as fat. Our bodies do this to prepare for times when there isn’t enough food. So an easy way to look at it is this:
Calories in – Calories burned = Fat
So if more calories are burned than what we eat, then fat goes down. On the other hand, if less calories are burned than what we eat fat goes up.
Of course we can’t starve ourselves as then our bodies go into survival mode and hold onto every bit of fat they can, so we still need to eat. However, burning more calories while still eating regularly helps either burn fat or at least keep it steady.
2. Exercise keeps our bodies healthier
It protects you against diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, cancer, dementia, and stroke, among other things.
At least 150 minutes a week (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity lowers your risk for these diseases. More exercise means even more benefit.
Already have type 2 diabetes? Regular physical activity helps you control your blood glucose levels
3. Regular exercise makes us feel better, and look better.
Exercise releases chemicals which make you happier. Also, exercise helps you look better, boosting your self image. This in turn boosts your confidence. Do aerobic or a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities 3 to 5 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes to improve your mood.
4. Exercise gives you more energy.
Exercise does this by improving your heart health and circulation. When your body is able to deliver oxygen to your muscles and brain efficiently you feel more awake and energetic.
Increased levels of endorphins give a rush that boosts energy. While going on a run may exhaust a newcomer to exercise, once your body is used to regular workouts a brief run or quick workout at lunch can be more effective than caffeine in energizing you for the rest of the work day.
Also, physical exercise can improve muscle strength and stamina which can keep you on your feet longer on those hectic workdays.
5. Exercise helps you sleep better (as long as you don’t do it right before bed).
Aerobic or a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities 3 to 5 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes is enough for this benefit.
A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women, ages 18-85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality. People also said they felt less sleepy during the day, compared to those with less physical activity.
6. Exercise gives you more energy and stamina for sex. It also makes you feel more attractive.
One of the fantastic benefits of exercise is how it improves your ability to enjoy physical intimacy with your partner. There are multiple reasons for this claim:
- Increased blood flow can improve male erection
- Increased physical stamina prevents early fatigue.
- Fitting into sexier clothing and feeling like you look better make you less self conscious
- Improved flexibility will help prevent discomfort or muscle strain. This of course is helpful for any physical activities.
7. Exercise opens lots of social opportunities.
Anywhere you go in the US, and many other countries, there are running groups, biking groups, classes and group activities. If you have trouble getting out and meeting people, exercise is a good way to meet people who are happy, passionate, and excited about life. That sort of good mood is contagious.
8. Exercise increase Your Chances of Living Longer.
As a general rule exercising for about 7 hours a week means you’re at about a 40 percent lower risk of dying early than if you are active for less than 30 minutes a week. This means an hour of brisk walking or jogging each week means you’re likely to live longer and healthier.
Per Dr. I-Min Lee of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard professor and senior author of “Leisure Time Physical Activity of Moderate to Vigorous Intensity And Mortality: A Large Pooled Cohort Analysis. “a middle-aged person who gets the recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise — defined as the level of brisk walking — can expect a 1-to-7 return: seven extra minutes of life gained for each minute spent exercising.”
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