The Benefits of Exercise

Exercise reduces stress by releasing “feel good” endorphins. In addition, it provides an outlet to release built-up stress that, if not addressed, can often lead to overeating. Exercise and physical activity are a great way to maintain your weight, feel better, gain health benefits, and have fun. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis, or you have any concerns.

Six benefits of regular physical activity

# 1 Exercise controls weight – Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.


#2 Exercise can prevent/improve health conditions and diseases – Regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of heal the problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis, and falls.


# 3 Exercise improves mood – Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.


#4 Exercise boosts energy – Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.


#5 Exercise promotes better sleep – Struggling to fall asleep, or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.


#6 Exercise can be fun – Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting.


So, take a dance class, walk, or do chair exercises. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.


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