Benefits of Regular Exercise

 

 

 

We all know exercise is crucial to weight loss– you can’t lose weight if you aren’t burning calories– but did you know regular exercise is beneficial to more than weight loss? Getting your blood pumping can benefit your mind and body in a number of ways. 

Good for Your Bone/Muscle Health

Physical activity is key to maintaining bone and muscle function. When paired with proper protein intake, your body is better able to maintain and strengthen muscle mass and bone density. It can even lead to experiencing less pain later in life. Those who are generally inactive will experience a loss of muscle mass and function, which will make them more likely to experience injuries and other issues. 

Increase Energy Levels

Energy has been shown to boost the energy of healthy people and those suffering from medical conditions alike, potentially thanks to the release of hormones that comes with exercise. Regular exercise reduces feelings of fatigue in those who struggle with chronic fatigue on its own, or a result of other illnesses.

Make You Feel Happier

It is common knowledge that exercise can increase the production of endorphins, or “happy hormones,” but it has also been shown to increase sensitivity for serotonin and norepinephrine, which relieve feelings of depression and anxiety. What’s better is that you do not need to partake in high-intensity exercises to benefit. Evidently, your mood can benefit from any type of exercise. 

Improve Brain Health and Memory

The increased heart rate that comes with exercise promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to one’s brain, which improves function and memory skills. It also stimulates the production of hormones that enhance the growth of brain cells. This is why regular exercise is especially important for older adults. 

Improve Relaxation and Sleep Quality

Quality sleep is essential to every healthy person. For those who struggle with getting a good night’s sleep, they might need to start exercising. The energy depletion that occurs during exercise leads to longer, deeper sleep. Aerobic exercise or aerobic and resistance training are the best ways to help one achieve quality sleep. Even half an hour a day makes a world of difference.

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