Exercise is any movement that forces your muscles to work and your body to burn calories.
Being active has many health benefits, both physically and mentally. It may even help you to live longer!
Here are the my favourite ways regular exercise benefits your body and brain.
1. It makes you happier!
It produces changes in the parts of the brain that regulate stress and anxiety. It can also increase brain sensitivity to the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which relieve feelings of depression.
It doesn’t matter how intense your workout is. Exercise benefits your mood no matter the intensity of the physical activity.
The effects of exercise on mood are so powerful that choosing to exercise (or not) even makes a difference over short periods of time.
2. It helps with weight loss
Not moving your body is a major factor in weight gain and obesity.
To understand the effect of exercise on weight loss, it is important to understand the relationship between exercise and energy expenditure ( spending).
Your body spends energy in three ways:
- digesting food
- maintaining body functions, like your heartbeat and breathing
Regular exercise has been shown to increase your metabolic rate, which can burn more calories to help you lose weight.
Combining aerobic exercise with resistance training can maximise fat loss and muscle mass maintenance, which is essential for keeping the weight off and maintaining lean muscle mass.
3. It is good for your muscles and bones
Physical activity helps you build muscles and strong bones. It may also help prevent osteoporosis.
4. It may increase your energy levels
Engaging in regular physical activity can increase your energy levels. This is true even in people with persistent fatigue and those with serious health conditions.
There are amazing heart and lung health benefits of exercise. Aerobic exercise boosts the cardiovascular system and improves lung health, which can significantly help with energy levels.
As you move more, your heart pumps more blood, delivering more oxygen to your working muscles. With regular exercise, your heart becomes more efficient and adept at moving oxygen into your blood, making your muscles more efficient.
Over time, this aerobic training results in less demand on your lungs, and it requires less energy to perform the same activities — one of the reasons you’re less likely to get short of breath during vigorous activity.
5. It helps skin health
Moderate exercise can provide antioxidant protection and promote blood flow, which can protect your skin and delay signs of aging.
6. It helps your brain and memory
Regular exercise improves blood flow to the brain and helps brain health and memory. Among older adults, it can help protect mental function.
7. It helps better your sleep
Regular physical activity, regardless of whether it is aerobic or a combination of aerobic and resistance training, can help you sleep better and feel more energised during the day.
To end off:
It doesn’t take much movement to make a big difference in your health.
Moderate intensity aerobic activity is anything that gets your heart beating faster, like walking, cycling, or swimming. Activities like running or participating in a strenuous fitness class count for vigorous intensity.
Throw in at least 2 days of muscle-strengthening activities involving all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms), and you’ll exceed the recommendations.
You can use weights, resistance bands, or your bodyweight to perform muscle-strengthening exercises. These include squats, push-ups, shoulder press, chest, press, and planks.
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