12 Aug 2019

You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good? From boosting your mood to improving your sex life, find out how exercise can improve your life.

7 BENEFITS OF REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Want to feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life? Just exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. Everyone benefits from exercise, regardless of age, sex or physical ability.

Need more convincing to get moving? Check out these seven ways exercise can lead to a happier, healthier you.

Exercise controls weight

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. Engaging in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. Regular trips to the gym are great and don’t worry if you can’t make it every day. Any amount of activity is better than none at all. Consistency is the key.

Exercise combat health conditions and diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight is, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol, and it decreases unhealthy triglycerides.

This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Regular exercise helps prevent or manage many health problems and concerns, including Stroke, Metabolic syndrome, High blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, Depression, Anxiety, Many types of cancer, Arthritis, and Falls. It can also help improve cognitive function and helps lower the risk of death from all causes.

Exercise improves mood

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A gym session or brisk walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious.

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

Wounded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your 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 chores.

Exercise promotes better sleep

Struggling to snooze? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster, get better sleep and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to go to sleep.

Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can improve energy levels and increase your confidence in your physical appearance, which may boost your sex life. But also there’s even more to it than that.

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.

Exercise can be fun … and social!

Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable. As a result, they give 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 new class, meet your buddy at the gym and take the dog for a walk down the beach. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it.

**The bottom line on exercise**

It doesn’t have to be intense and intimidating. The benefits of exercise are simply dosed dependent. Enlist some professional help and take your dose regularly. Your mind and body will thank you for it long into the future.

Thanks for sharing Duncan. If you are looking to kickstart your healthy future please feel free to call 1300 040 479. Follow them on facebook or drop in to see the friendly Coffs Coast Health Club team at either Toormina or Moonee Beach to get started today. 

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