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5 Benefits Of Exercise And Physical Activity

October 5, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin


Exercise leads to a healthy body, and is essential for modern survival. Today’s modern world and lifestyle requires little exertion (exercise) compared to just a few generations ago.

We are living in a tiny slice of the overall human existence timeline – one in which we’ve suddenly gone from a human lifestyle which required significant physical activity (exercise) to one which requires very little. We need to exercise and compensate for that.

Here are just five benefits of exercise:


Exercise Controls Weight

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores. Park near the rear of the parking lot and walk. Take a 15 minute walk during your lunch break. Just move your body instead of sitting all day…


Exercise Combats Health Conditions and Diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.


Exercise Improves Mood

Exercise provides an emotional lift. A workout or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates chemicals in the brain that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Many say that they can ‘think’ better or more clearly after exercise. You may also feel better about yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and self-esteem.


Exercise Boosts Energy

Do you get winded easily? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy.


Exercise Promotes Better Sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.