Exercise on a regular basis can have immediate and long-term health benefits.
When you engage in a comprehensive fitness program, consisting of cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise, stretching (flexibility), and resistance (strengthening) exercise, you will improve your fitness and quality of life.
Benefits of regular exercise
1. Improves memory and brain health
Exercise can improve brain function and protect your memory and thinking skills.
It can also stimulate the production of hormones that can enhance the growth of brain cells. It has also been shown to reduce changes in the brain that can cause Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.
2. Controls weight
Inactivity is a major cause of weight gain and obesity.
It helps you lose weight and lower the risk of certain diseases, including obesity, type 2 Diabetes, and high blood pressure.
3. Strengthens bones and muscles
It helps and boost your endurance and build bone density when you’re younger which helps prevent osteoporosis later in life.
It also helps release hormones that promote the ability of your muscles to absorb amino acids. This helps them grow and reduces their breakdown
4. Reduces the risk of chronic diseases
Lack of regular physical activity is a primary cause of chronic disease.
Regular exercise has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, improve lung health, cardiovascular fitness and body composition as well as decrease blood pressure and blood fat levels.
5. Makes you feel happier
It has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.
It can increase the production of endorphins, which are known to help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain.
6. Helps in sleep and relaxation
Regular exercise can help you relax and sleep better. The energy depletion that occurs during exercise stimulates recuperative processes during sleep.
7. It can help reduce pain
Depending on your state of health, it may help decrease inflammation, increase mobility, and decrease overall pain levels.
It can prevent your muscles from weakening, your joints from stiffening or weight gain which would aggravate chronic pain.
For women who suffer from tension headaches, exercise can help to reduce muscle tension and boost endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers.
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