Shedding pounds is the main reason that people decide to exercise.
But those who are exercise regulars know that the benefits are much more than that. When you exercise, you’re releasing endorphins needed to be energetic and alert.
You’re also helping to strengthen the heart muscle and improve circulation – two improvements that will also beat fatigue and help you energize. And improving your muscle tone will help you burn more calories. It’s a win-win way to feel and look better.
Fatigue is a complaint that doctors hear more than any other these days. It’s difficult to think that the antidote to low energy is to get moving, but that’s exactly the remedy. If you get up off the couch and begin to move around, the more energy you’ll have.
Research has proven that you can increase your energy level by 20% by engaging in regular exercise sessions – of low intensity. So you don’t have to work out in a frenzy to reap the benefits. Just move.
Your body will become stronger and you’ll feel more energetic and refreshed.
There are little organs within our cells called mitochondria.
These tiny power producers work their best when we exercise. The more you exercise, the more mitochondria are produced in the body.
Cardiovascular exercise is the best way to create more mitochondria and as a result, have more energy.
Along with the complaint of fatigue, lack of sleep also seems to be a common problem among men and women today. If you don’t get enough sleep, your energy for the next day is zapped and it’s much more difficult to focus and get the job done.
Lack of sleep can also lead to depression, which further lessens your desire to get up and exercise or stick to a healthy diet plan. It can wreak havoc with your food cravings too, causing you to consume more carbs and foods high in sugar content.
You can avoid nights of sleeplessness by engaging in some physical activity such as walking. Don’t exercise too close to bed time, but a few hours before. Also, avoid eating just before bed time as it’s more difficult for food to digest properly.
One of the main benefits of regular exercise is to prevent serious health conditions and reduce anxiety and stress.
There are four main diseases that medical researchers have determined are helped by exercise.
Heart disease may be prevented by exercising that lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol. Maintaining a healthy weight in addition to exercise may prevent this and other diseases.
If you suffer from the pain of arthritis or are prone to sore, stiff joints, exercise can help to reduce the pain and build muscle strength within the affected joints. You’ll also experience less stiffness in joints when you exercise regularly.
Researchers have also determined that certain types of cancer may be prevented by exercising – especially for women. The hormone, estrogen, is produced by women and plays a big role in the formulation of breast cancer.
Exercise can actually reduce blood estrogen and help lower your risk of breast cancer – along with other cancer inducing situations like high insulin levels. Besides playing a role in reducing breast cancer, you can also reduce your risk of endometrial and colon cancers.
More research is ongoing to see how regular activity may prevent other cancers. But it’s been established that the risk of developing many cancer types is over twenty percent lower among those who exercise than those who aren’t active at all.
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, back pain and asthma may also be helped by exercise. Regular exercise helps insulin lower high levels of blood sugar, reduce the severity of asthma and the frequency of attacks and also strengthen back muscles to reduce symptoms of pain and stiffness.
As with any type of lifestyle change, begin slowly – perhaps walking – and gradually build your strength and endurance level so that you can engage in more challenging activities.