Sweat, fatigue, heat, blisters, timers, weights, water queues – these are just a few of the issues people raise when considering the undertaking of any kind of exercise.
However, there are far more benefits than negatives to regular exercise than one may realise!
What are the main benefits of regular exercise?
There are so many to choose from but here are the main reasons it is so important you include exercise and physical activity into your schedule.
Reduces your risk of chronic illnesses
Chronic illnesses account for 31,134 total deaths in Ireland per annum, 23,661 of these deaths are from an illness that was preventable with regular exercise and proper nutrition. That is 76%! That is just plain sad and senseless.
During exercise, your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and reduces the levels of stress related hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. This can make you feel more relaxed and relieve feelings of stress.
Helps you maintain a healthy weight.
Along with diet, exercise plays an important role in maintaining a healthy weight and preventing obesity. To maintain your weight, the calories you eat and drink must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat and drink.
Reduces your risk of heart diseases.
Exercise strengthens your heart and improves your circulation. The increased blood flow raises the oxygen levels in your body. This helps lower your risk of heart diseases such as high cholesterol, coronary artery disease and heart attack Regular exercise can also lower your blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
Helps your body manage blood sugar and insulin levels.
Exercise can lower your blood sugar level and help your insulin work better. This can cut down your risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. And if you already have one of those diseases, exercise can help you to manage it.
Helps keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age.
Exercise stimulates your body to release proteins and other chemicals that improve the structure and function of your brain.
Strengthens your bones and muscles.
Regular exercise can help kids and teens build strong bones. Later in life, it can also slow the loss of bone density that comes with age. Doing muscle-strengthening activities can help you increase or maintain your muscle mass and strength.
Improves your sleep.
Physical activity makes you more tired so you’re more ready to sleep. Good quality sleep helps improve overall wellness and can reduce stress.
Increases your chances of living longer.
Studies show that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
Improves your mental health and mood
Just 30 minutes of exercise can stimulate the brain to release “fun chemicals” such as Serotonin, Endorphins, and Dopamine. These chemicals are released because your body needs exercise, even if your conscious brain despises the thought!
Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.
Body by G
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