You want to be fit, but don’t want to exercise. Prepare yourself for these mind-blowing facts.
Exercise is activity requiring physical effort – generally making your muscles work and requiring your body to burn calories.
Exercise may be carried out with a focus on sustaining or improving health and fitness, or as a means of physical rehabilitation.Or you may even exercise passively, without even knowing it – walking and household chores are classic examples.
Benefits of exercise
But there are many more advantages to exercising than just helping us to slim down. We all know there are benefits to regular exercise – otherwise we might just sit on the couch all the time!
Here are 5 additional physical benefits of regular exercise:
1. Heart health – Physical activity is associated with a healthy heart. Studies suggest that people who exercise regularly have lowered risk factors for cardiovascular problems, including reduced LDL (bad) and total cholesterol, and increased HDL (good) cholesterol.
2. Strong bones and healthy joints – Exercise can slow age-related losses of muscle mass, bone density and joint lubrication and flexibility. Weight-bearing activities cause new bone tissue to form and muscles to push and tug against bones, which strengthens both muscles and bones. If you already have joint issues, find out how to exercise with osteoarthritis.
3. Immune function – Regular exercise is associated with improvements in immune system health, meaning you may be less likely to catch a cold if you keep up your physical activity. Some studies suggest this is due to reduced inflammation, improvements in psychological stress and/or enhanced immuno-surveillance, whilst others cite an increase in white blood cells as a reason. If you’re already feeling sniffly, read up on exercising with a cold.
4. Energy levels – If you’re feeling lethargic, your first instinct might be to have a lie-down or grab a coffee. But evidence suggests that doing the opposite may boost your energy levels. Active adults consistently report less fatigue and low energy levels than their sedentary peers.
5. Skin health – Exercise can help protect your skin from damage caused by oxidative stress. Physical activity can boost blood flow and stimulate the body’s response to oxidative stress, including the production of protective antioxidants.
Empower your brain, prepare yourself for a big change. Your health above everything.