Do you want to have more energy? Do you want to feel better in general or maybe even add more years to your life? If you do, then there’s one relatively simple solution: regular physical activity. We know from our doctors, our parents, personal trainers and the like that exercise is good for you. From bettering your mood to having positive effects on your physical intimacy with your partner, there’s tons of things in your life that exercise will improve.
It should really go without saying that the benefits are innumerable, but just in case you’re one of the stubborn few that are looking for quick fixes to your needs, we’re listing our top reasons to exercise regularly. Trust us, each one will lead to much a much happier and a much healthier you.
#1: Exercising Regularly Boosts Your Energy
If a trip to the supermarket or a couple of household chores leaves you winded, then it’s probably safe to say that your overall energy and health is on the poorer side. Well, guess what? Exercising regularly doesn’t just improve your muscle strength, it boosts your endurance as well, which means having more energy for the physically demanding things in life.
This is because exercise sends crucial oxygen and nutrients to the rest of your body and helps your cardiovascular system run in a more efficient manner. Improving lung and heart health means more energy to get through your day.
#2: Physical Activity Helps Manage, Improve and Even Heal Diseases
Whether you’re eager to prevent yourself from developing hearth disease or are looking for ways to manage your high blood pressure, exercising can definitely help. Regular physical activity, after all, helps to boost high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels in your body. What’s HDL, you ask? Well, we, and the rest of the scientific community, like to refer to it as the “good” cholesterol.
At the same time, exercise also helps to lower the levels of the bad cholesterol (unhealthy triglycerides) in our bodies. When we see good cholesterol go up and bad cholesterol go down, the result is regular and smooth blood flow as well as lower chances of cardiovascular illnesses.
The benefits of regular exercise aren’t limited to lower risk of cardiovascular diseases either. Exercising can also help manage or prevent strokes, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, certain types of cancer, arthritis and even mental ailments like depression.
#3: Catch More Quality Z’s
If you’re struggling to get to sleep at night or have some issues with mild insomnia, regular exercise can help. Research has shown that people who exercise habitually enjoy deeper sleep and also find it much easier to fall asleep in general. Just a quick caveat to this rule: try not to exercise too close your bed time. If you work out too late, it could actually keep you awake because your body is too energized to fall asleep. Besides, it’s so much better to start your day with a good sweat session anyways!
#4: Working Out Helps Improve Breathing
Aging, and being overweight in general, greatly affects the tissues in our lungs. Although exercise can’t change the effects of aging in particular, it can improve your quality of breathing by fortifying the muscles in your lungs. Regular physical activity also increases the efficiency in which oxygen spreads through your cells.
The improved efficiency in your lung capacity and breathing power will have huge implications to your life. For example, while others may be huffing and puffing up a flight of stairs, you’ll be hopping up like a gazelle.
#5: Keep Your Bones Healthy and Strong
Getting old sucks for a lot of people and weakening bone strength is one of the reasons why. Unfortunately, bone minerals decrease in strength as we age at an estimate rate of 1% per year. It’s totally crazy how fast our bones thin out or get weaker when we don’t take care of our bodies. However, finding the time to exercise regularly helps to combat the effects of aging and helps to keep your bones strong. Not just any exercise though! It’s strength and resistance training in particular that helps our bones to stay robust and healthy.
#6: Exercising Boosts Your Immune System
We’re sure you already know, but let us reiterate this: your immune system is absolutely crucial to your overall health. After all, it’s your immune system in particular that helps protect your body from infection and the risks that chemical toxins come with. Additionally, and surprisingly to many, it’s actually your immune system that helps your body respond to stress in a healthy way.
While we obviously recommend having steady workout programs that you maintain, even short-term workout programs can greatly improve, or even reverse, the effects of aging on your immune system. Considering how crucial it is to maintain this regulatory system in our bodies, it makes exercising an absolutely essential part of our lives.
#7: Maintaining an Exercise Routine Helps Lower Risk for Arthritis
Guess what folks, we really can’t stop the effects of aging, and while many might mourn this fact, you can reduce your risk of age related illness simply by exercising three to five times a week. Arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses that older generations face and comes about when there are abnormalities in their cartilage and outgrowth of the bones in the joints.
If arthritis is something that you’re dealing, or someone a loved one is dealing with, a great way to combat it is by engaging in flexibility and stretching exercises. Some of our favorites include Tai Chi, yoga and similar exercises which involve maximizing the range of movement in your joints.
We do think it’s important to mention that if you’re already suffering from arthritis, you need to be careful about the kind of exercises you’re doing. Intense aerobic exercise is a huge no-no and might actually aggravate the problem. Also, make sure that you’re wearing the proper attire and footwear when exercising so you can protect yourself from further injury.