If you’re eating well and living a balanced life but still don’t feel as healthy as you’d like, you may be missing one key ingredient: exercise. Many of us lead sedentary lifestyles, which means that we have to make an effort to get enough exercise every day. However, there are so many benefits to exercise that it’s guaranteed to help you live a healthier life.
You Know That Exercise Burns Calories…
…but did you know that it helps you control your weight in other ways, too? When we think of exercise and weight loss, we often think of the fact that exercise burns calories. And while this is true, exercise has many other weight loss benefits that you may not know about.
For example, exercise helps you lose weight even when you’re not in the gym. Exercise actually improves your metabolism by helping you build muscle, which burns more energy throughout the day. Exercise also helps to lower overall blood sugar and regulate appetite, both of which are associated with weight gain. Similarly, exercise reduces stress, which is associated with emotional overeating. What’s more, getting regular exercise will help you sleep better. This is important because getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of your body’s ability to regulate the hormones that control your appetite.
For Beautiful Skin, Moisturize and…Exercise?
If you want your skin to glow, then you’ll be quick to see the benefits of regular exercise. First, exercise increases blood flow and helps bring oxygen to your skin. This will immediately brighten your skin. The extra blood flow also helps to detoxify your body, which helps improve your skin’s overall health.
In the long-term, exercise can actually change your skin composition and reverse the effects of aging. In other words, exercise helps your skin rebuild itself. Furthermore, by lowering stress in your body, exercise helps reduce your levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, that lead to premature signs of aging.
Keep in mind that if you’re exercising outside in the sun, you’ll want to wear sun protection in order to prevent sun damage. In addition, you’ll want to make sure to cleanse your skin after intense workouts, in order to prevent acne breakouts.
Be Proactive About Fighting off Infection.
Although the results of studies on exercise and immune function have been mixed, the consensus seems to be that moderate exercise helps regulate the immune system and fight off infection. Moderate exercise helps circulate immune cells throughout your body and can also help clear bacteria out of your respiratory system.
Relieve Stress and Protect Yourself From Chronic Disease.
If you’re concerned about developing health problems as you age, then you’ll be glad to know that exercise can help prevent a host of chronic diseases, including anxiety, depression, heart disease, and even cancer. Among its other benefits, exercise is a great way to lower harmful inflammation and move toxins out of your body. Other health-boosting benefits of exercise include improving heart strength, preventing osteoporosis by building bone mass, and reducing overall risk for diabetes by lowering blood sugar. In addition to lowering stress and eating a healthy diet, exercise is one of the best ways to maintain a high quality of life for years to come.
If You’re Feeling Down, get Moving!
Whether you’ve been feeling down lately or are struggling with chronic depression, exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mood. There are many possible reasons for this effect. Exercising causes your brain to release endorphins, which are chemicals that block pain and improve mood. In addition, researchers are beginning to find that exercise also promotes neurogenesis, or the growth of new neurons in the brain. Finally, exercising in a social environment comes with the added benefit of increased social support.
Although exercising is often the last thing we want to do when we’re not feeling at our emotional best, it’s also one of the most helpful things we can do. If you’re having a hard time getting out and exercising, consider asking a friend to exercise with you or to otherwise hold you accountable.
Feel Stronger and More Confident.
Did you know that exercise, and playing sports, in particular, is associated with higher self-esteem? This may be because the social nature of playing sports gives women the chance to develop in a positive social environment. Whatever the reason, having high self-esteem goes a long way toward helping you build a healthy life that you love.
Finally, many people who have sedentary jobs are tempted to try to fit in intense exercise sessions a few times per week. While this is more helpful than having no exercise at all, it’s actually healthier to regularly get moderate exercise throughout the day. In other words, instead of exercising in infrequent “bursts,” try working small blocks of exercise into your daily routine. This could include gardening or working in the yard, cleaning, or taking a dog on several moderate walks throughout the day.
Please check with your healthcare professional before beginning a new exercise routine, especially if you have health concerns. And remember to go slowly if you’re just beginning a routine, as there’s a risk of injuring yourself if you try to do more than your body can handle.
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