Proof That Regular Exercise Provides Some Great Benefits

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The media, your friends, your family, and even your priest have been going on about the benefits of regular exercise. But are they right to? 

Are there really such fantastic benefits that you need to be bashed around the head with it every second?

In a word, “Yes.” Absolutely. That’s two words, but you get my point.

This is why you read it everywhere, see it on TV and why the experts recommend it. 

As you can appreciate, the word “exercise” covers many different types of exercise and depending on your goals, there are multiple ways to burn calories. 

That’s the great thing about exercising. You can do whatever exercise suits you at a time that suits you either at home or down the gym.

You don’t even need to be standing up. There are several exercises you can do from the comfort of your chair or go one step further and use an exercise bike or rowing machine.

So what proof is there that exercise has great health benefits?

It Can Make You Feel Happier

You may find this surprising, but, regular exercise can actually make you feel happier and improve your mood. Since this is the case, your level of anxiety and stress starts to decrease.

So why is this?

It has everything to do with those chemicals buzzing around your body called serotonin and adrenalin.

Here’s a study that proves it:-

Your body also produces more endorphins which are known to help your body produce positive feelings and wellbeing. This may not physically do anything, but give the perception of less pain. 

It Can Help With Weight Loss

Now before we go on. Let me just stress, that the whole weight loss thing is completely subjective and my point of view. 

Before taking on any sort of weight loss program, you are advised to seek advice from your doctor or medical professional.

Ok, with the disclaimer out of the way, exercise alongside healthy eating has excellent health benefits.

If you think about is from a basic form, if you burn more calories than you consume each day and you do this consistently, you should lose weight. 

Of course, there’s a bit more to it than that. But, studies have shown that regular exercise helps with weight loss.

It’s all to do with increasing your metabolic rate. By increasing it, you are aiding your weight loss.

It’s Great For Muscles & Bones

By exercising regularly you are able to build strong muscles and bones. Especially if you are using various different exercises using weights. 

In the long run, this type of strength training increases your physical work capacity, it also improves your activities of daily living (ADL) too.

As we get older, our bone density starts to decrease. By regularly exercising with weights we start to improve our bone density. 

You may not feel the effect of this now. However, it is something you will surely benefit from well into your old age.

By strengthening your muscles means you are able to carry out other exercises a lot easier. The easier they become, the more confidence you have.

It Increases Your Energy Levels

If you have struggled with your energy levels and find yourself constantly tired after walking or running for the bus, for example, then exercising can certainly help with this. 

Exercise is a massive energy boost and studies have shown that after 6 weeks of regular exercise they reduce the feeling of fatigue.

So what are some other benefits are there?

  • It helps with your quality of sleep. The more energy you have the less your body needs to work to relax and manage your body functions
  • Releases powerful endorphins which help manage your brain and nervous system
  • Reduces your stress levels. This also benefits everything in your life, not just from an exercise perspective.
    • Trains your heart to become more efficient in pumping blood through your system. The stronger the blood flow, the more oxygen reaches parts of your body that need it. 

    Reduces Risk Of Chronic Disease

    One of the main factors of contracting chronic disease is lack of physical activity. This is something, especially the older generation suffer from. That’s why you should always continue regular exercise. Even into your old age.

    Exercise has other benefits too:

  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Improves your cardiovascular fitness
  • Improves your body composition
  • Decreases your overall blood pressure
  • Reduces blood fat levels

  • On the flip side, a lack of exercise will have the opposite effect on all of the benefits I listed earlier. The body is so cruel. Even if you stop exercising for just a few weeks you may add weight and increase the levels of your blood pressure etc.

    Therefore, I recommend a daily exercise plan if you want to reduce your chances of contracting a chronic disease.

    In Summary

    Hopefully, this article will serve as proof that exercise provides massive benefits. Exercising regularly improves virtually every aspect of your health. 

    Not only does your body start producing hormones that make you feel happier, but it also allows you to get a better night's sleep. And, we all know just how important sleep is to our overall health.

    It’s not just beneficial inside our body, but regular exercise also helps with your skin’s appearance. By increasing your blood flow, exercising helps nourish those skin cells as your blood helps carry vital oxygen and nutrients to the cells in your body.

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