Contrary to popular belief, exercise is not only about toning the muscles and flattening the belly. It is that missing piece of the puzzle that perfectly complements a healthy lifestyle. The benefits of regular exercise also help to bring better physical and mental balance into one’s life.
Read on to find out some of the best advantages of including a regular exercise regime into one’s life.
Keep Illness at Bay with Regular Exercise
One of the best advantages of exercise is prevention before cure. Several studies have proved that people who exercise regularly are at a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, metabolic syndromes and some types of cancer too. Exercise controls the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and enhances the levels of HDL (good cholesterol). Additionally, patients suffering from diabetes can also control their sugar levels and body weight through regular physical exercise.
Stress and depression have become common problems these days, thanks to our busy lives, insatiable desire to earn more and ease-of-access to things provided by the use of technology. Exercise helps the human body to relax and allows the brain to produce the feel-good neurotransmitter called endomorphin. A good game of badminton or a phone-free brisk walk can relieve an individual of all stress. Exercise also injects a strong force of energy and enthusiasm into the brain, bringing overall well-being which is considered to be one of the best benefits of exercise.
Maintain the Health of Your Bones and Joints
Most men and women today practice a sedentary lifestyle, spending several hours in front of their laptops, television and other gadgets. This has led to a significant increase in the number of young people suffering from lower back pain and arthritis. Regular physical exercise is the only solution to this problem. Exercise prevents the deterioration of bone density by adding sufficient pressure on the bones during workout sessions. People who are already suffering from osteoporosis can also practice mild exercises to keep their bones supple and prevent further degeneration.
Reduced Body Weight and Boosted Self-Confidence
Physical activity is the healthiest way to maintain one’s weight. Unlike crash diets and fat cutter drinks and powders, physical exercise does not promise an overnight weight change. It does take sufficient time, but the results lead to toned muscles and decreased fat tissues. Men and women who exercise regularly stay fit and attractive, which adds a healthy amount of self-confidence. Exercise has no age bar and can be taken up by children too.
The importance of exercise does not come to the forefront with fancy gym memberships or spending strenuous hours trying to perform the perfect routine. Brisk early morning walks, simple yoga positions, cycling to work, Zumba or Salsa classes can help to stretch the muscles. The resulting activity works to considerably boost the mental and physical health of an individual.
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