We have all heard people talk about how important exercising regularly is and that we should do it regularly. But a lot of people don’t get into details as to why it is important.
The thought of getting into workout clothes and getting all sweaty after a long and hard day at work or before even starting your day might be dreading.
The great thing is, exercising regularly does not have to mean having a heavy workout in the gym every day. There are several ways you can exercise regularly.
Exercise has an impact on your overall health, which means, not just on your physical health but also on your mental health.
Check out these 9 amazing benefits of exercising
1 Weight control
Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight or help you successfully lose weight. This has to do with the fact that when you’re exercising, you burn op calories. Exercise helps to increase your metabolic rate, which helps you to burn op more calories. If you want to maintain your weight, the number of calories you eat and drink must be equal to the number of calories your body burns. If you want to lose weight, the number of calories you burn must be higher than what you consume.
2 Reduce your risk of heart diseases
Regular exercise has a good effect on the cholesterol levels in your body. It lowers the ‘bad’ cholesterol while giving a boost to the ‘good’ one. This helps to keep your blood flowing smoothly. Exercise also strengthens your heart and lowers your blood pressure. With a stronger heart, your blood flow increases and the oxygen levels in your body rise. All these effects lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
3 Have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower risk of developing osteoporosis
Physical activity like muscle strengthening exercises can help maintain or increase your muscle mass and strength. As we grow older we tend to lose muscle mass and function. To reduce the loss of muscle strength and mass regular exercise is necessary.
Another benefit is that exercise helps to build bone density at a younger age. This plays a role in slowing the process of loss of bone density at a later age and helps to prevent osteoporosis.
In addition to this, high impact sports such as running promote a higher bone density than non-impact sports such as swimming.
4 Higher energy level
Regular physical activity can boost your endurance and help increase your energy levels. By exercising your cardiovascular system can work more efficiently by the oxygen and nutrients that are being delivered to your tissues. As a result, the health of your lungs and heart improve and you have more energy to tackle your daily chores.
People who are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and other serious illnesses can also get their energy levels up by exercising.
5 Improve your sexual health
The benefits mentioned earlier such as better cardiovascular health, improved blood circulation, and muscle tone can all have a positive impact on your sex life. Regular exercise can also enhance your flexibility. It can help improve your sexual performance, sexual pleasure and your frequency of sexual activity.
Research has shown that regular exercise can help increase the frequency of orgasms in women.
This happened after these women participated more in strenuous exercise. Another benefit is that women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome experienced (this can reduce sex drive) an increase in their sex drive after 16 weeks of regular resistance training.
In men, regular exercise has a positive effect on their sexual functions such as frequency and satisfaction. It can also reduce erectile dysfunction symptoms and lower the risk of developing these symptoms later in life.
6 Help your body manage blood sugar and insulin levels
Regular exercise also improves your insulin sensitivity, lower your blood sugar levels and reduces your belly fat. These effects can reduce the risk of developing diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Also if you already have these diseases, you can manage them better by exercising regularly.
7 Improve your sleep
Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and get a night of better and deeper sleep. The decrease in energy levels during exercise stimulates the restoring process while sleeping. Also during exercise your body temperature increases, research has shown that your sleep quality improves by lowering your body temperature again. Regular exercise can also help the elderly who have sleeping disorders.
But avoid exercising shortly before going to bed because you may be too energized at the moment to fall asleep.
8 It Can Reduce Pain
Research has shown that exercise can help reduce several types of chronic pains. For a long time, this was not advised but turns out that it might be a good idea. Regular exercise can also help increase your pain tolerance.
But before engaging in any type of exercise, while being affected by a disease that causes chronic pain, do approach a specialist first.
9 Exercise improves mood/ It Can Make You Feel Happier
When exercising some changes occur in parts of the brain that regulate stress, anxiety, and hormones that help relieve feelings of depression. In addition to this, there is also higher production of endorphins. Endorphins play a role in producing positive feelings and pain perception.
The intensity of your exercise does not matter. Even the simplest form of exercise can help to improve your mood.
So there you have it, 9 great reasons to motivate you to exercise regularly. I advise you to try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
Check out these simple ways of exercising. I bet you didn’t even know some of them could be considered as exercise.