Exercise is any physical activity that is repetitively performed for the purpose of conditioning your body, improving your health and maintaining fitness. And the benefits of routinely exercising are enormous.
For starters, exercise delays or prevents disease and helps you maintain a healthy weight. And you’ll live longer and feel better if you stay active. So yeah, regular exercise definitely plays an important role in staying healthy. And here’s a couple reasons why.
Exercise, or physical activity, improves the efficiency of your cardiovascular system. This means oxygen and nutrient delivery, along with waste removal, via your blood, is happening readily.
Therefore, the bad junk doesn’t hang around too long to do harm and the good stuff is on hand to meet organ demands for smooth functioning. Translates to more nutritious energy to fight disease.
Regular exercise has many staying healthy benefits, some of which are:
- strengthens bones
- enhances circulation
- increases endurance
- lowers blood pressure
- maintains joint function
- boosts the use of oxygen
- builds energy levels so you can do more
- strengthens your heart & cardiovascular system
- improves muscle tone, strength, balance & joint flexibility
Exercise not only improves health and builds endurance, but it may also reduce your risk for many conditions associated with aging, or otherwise, such as:
- heart attack
- back problems
- high blood pressure
- coronary heart disease
- some cancers ~ prostate, breast, colon, ovarian
Exercise assists the disease fighting white blood cells to move out of the organs and into the bloodstream. This is especially beneficial for fighting a cold, influenza and other infections.
Exercising causes the production of endorphins. This chemical is the one that causes those peaceful and happy feelings. Exercise can help with mild depression, low self-esteem, stress and anxiety. And you’ll likely sleep deeper.
One way exercise aides in weight loss is it builds muscle. Muscle uses more calories than fat, thus it increases your metabolism and you lose weight.
Another weight loss benefit exercise provides is you’ll burn more energy than you would if you remain sedentary. Therefore, if you consume relatively the same number of calories, then the extra energy usage renders you with a loss in weight.
Tend to moving so you’ll never be denied the benefits of exercise!
To achieve some of these staying healthy benefits, you need to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week. But don’t go out there and overexert yourself. Especially if you suffer from exercise intolerance.
Always give your body some rest time, lest you want to end up with a muscle strain or stress fracture. Or even low blood counts and an iron deficiency.
Another cautionary tidbit is exercising in unhealthy air quality makes your lungs vulnerable to health damage. Air pollutants can involve ozone, carbon monoxide, fine particles, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide or lead. So know your local air status before you breathe in poisonous air deep into your lungs.
From a global perspective, staying healthy depends on you giving support to your disease fighting immune system via consuming a healthy diet, exercising regularly, snatching sufficient rest and curtailing stress.