Exercise is good for you. Everyone knows it and everyone will recommend it. Did you know the world health organisation, UK government and countless universities and medical experts have published recommendations for exercise and activity for optimum health in all age groups. While there is no sure fire recipes for good health and activity level and everyone is different, all agree that regular exercise and activity is good for you.
Here are 6 of the countless benefits of exercise and an active healthy lifestyle.
1. It’s good for your heart
Exercise reduces LDL cholesterol, the kind that blocks your arteries. It also reduces blood pressure, relieving stress on your heart, improves heart muscle function, blood flow and reduces chance of blood clots.
2. Exercise promotes weight loss
Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day or an hour 3 to 4 times a week can aid in weight loss. Be consistent and regular and you will achieve the weight/fat loss you desire – and keep it off
3. Exercise is a great way to fight stress
Exercise acts as a temporary diversion to daily stress and improves self-esteem. Increased core temperature during exercise leads to reduced muscle tension and the body releases more endorphins as well as triggers changes in hormone levels resulting in better overall mood and anxiety levels.
4. Exercise promotes healthy joints and prevents osteoporosis
Impact and weight bearing exercise such as running and resistance training helps build strong bones, lowering the chance of osteoporosis as well as improving joint function.
5. Exercise reduces blood pressure
Increasing your activity level and exercising moderately and regularly will improve your heart function and lower cholesterol which in turn will aid in lowering blood pressure
6. It’s fun!
Exercise is fun. OK so sometimes taking the first step is hard but once you’re there, doing it, giving it your all, you’ll love it.
The hardest part is getting over that first hurdle and starting a new regime but once you do decide to take control the benefits are countless.