Getting active has huge benefits
Exercise has so many rewards, like helping to manage your weight, boosting your mood and improving your sleep. Here are some of the most significant benefits…
Regular workouts lower your risk of heart disease, improve your blood cholesterol levels and help to control high blood pressure.
Exercise combined with healthy eating can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, by burning off excess calories. Try to be physically active for 30 minutes, most days of the week.
After your body works hard during exercise, stress hormones begin to decrease — with resulting in stress and anxiety fading away.
Getting regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. The more you exercise, the more likely you are to have a good night’s sleep. It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do and it doesn’t usually matter when you exercise, as long as you don’t have trouble sleeping afterwards. If you do struggle to nod off after an evening workout, do it earlier in the day.
When you work out, your body makes endorphins (“feel-good chemicals”) in the brain. You can actually start to feel better within a few minutes of moving, and regular exercise can make you feel consistently happier.
Want to be more efficient at work? Take a break and get some exercise. In one study, people who got moving in the middle of the day were much more productive when they went back to work. They also were happier and got along better with their co-workers.
Lower risk of cancer
Regular exercise can cut your risk of some cancers, including colon, breast, and lung cancers. And people with cancer have a better quality of life if they are able to exercise.
Strong bones and muscles
Your bones and muscles get stronger when you work out. It’s especially important to do resistance and weight-bearing type exercise, such as bodyweight exercises, weightlifting, tennis, walking, and dancing. This can help keep bones strong as you get older. It can also help ward off osteoporosis and protect your balance and coordination.
You might not expect it, but using energy to exercise doesn’t just make you feel tired. It can give you more get-up-and-go. Sometimes when you’re tired, the last thing you want to do is move. But when you exercise regularly, that fatigue goes away, and you find yourself with more energy.