Get moving and reap many benefits of exerciseBy cwan | October 25th, 2017
Exercise is great. Studies have shown that regular exercise can make you feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life. In addition, the benefits of exercise are consistent regardless of age, sex or physical ability. Here are some well-recognized benefits of exercise:
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. To reap the benefits of exercise, you only need to become more active throughout your day — take the stairs instead of the elevator, talk a lunch walk, take care of household chores, or do a few plank pose when watching TV. Keep moving and be consistency.
Exercise combats health conditions and diseases: Studies have shown that regular exercise combats the incidence of heart disease and prevents high blood pressure. Exercise boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems such as stroke, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, depression, certain type of cancers, and arthritis.
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.
Exercise boosts energy: Regular physical activity can improve muscle strength and boost endurance. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily tasks.
Exercise promotes better sleep: Regular physical activity helps people to fall asleep faster and deepen the sleep. Do avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime. Vigorous exercise release large amount to epinephrine, which could make you too exercise to sleep.
Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life: Regular physical activity may enhance arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.
The bottom line is that exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, boost health and be happier. Aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. Space out your activities throughout the week. Try to engage in a combination of vigorous and moderate aerobic exercises, such as running, walking or swimming. Squeeze in strength training at least twice per week by lifting free weights, using weight machines or doing body weight exercises.
Thanks for reading.
Dr. Connie Wan