Benefits of Exercising Regularly
Regardless of your age, sex or ability, regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing.
The most obvious difference regular exercise can make is weight loss. When you engage is physical activity, you are burning calories. The more intense the workout, the more calories you burn. This doesn’t mean you need to be slugging it out at the gym every day, even simply hiring a treadmill to walk on for half an hour a day will make a difference.
Exercise lowers your cholesterol and reduces the risk of high blood pressure. It’s also a great way to fight diseases and serious health conditions including heart disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, several types of cancer and arthritis.
Want to improve your mood? Reduce your stress levels? Jump on some fitness equipment or go for a walk and you will notice a difference. Physical activity can help increase levels of ‘feel good’ chemicals, endorphins and serotonin in your brain which helps distract your mind from anxious thoughts. So, for an instant pick-me-up, get your heart pumping and you will notice a difference.
Exercise also helps boost your overall energy. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. This makes tackling that flight of stairs at work or carrying the shopping from the car a much less arduous task.
A lesser known side effect of physical activity is that it helps reduce cognitive decline. As we get older, sadly, our brain function declines. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s cannot be cured however with regular physical activity, you can slow down the process. Working out boosts the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning.
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