The benefits of exercise for your body are so much wider than most people ever imagine. Everyone knows that exercise helps you to maintain a healthy weight. We have all been lectured on cardiovascular exercise to keep our hearts in shape. Most of us know that walking helps to increase circulation and lower blood pressure. What is surprising is how wonderful exercise is for just about every other part of your life, as well.
Exercise increases your lifespan. Regular exercise along with a healthy diet decreases your chances of dying prematurely. That is probably the best reason to begin an exercise program.
Exercise lowers blood pressure and the risk of heart attack or stroke. It decreases the risk of many chronic diseases including diabetes. Regular walking can promote blood flow to the legs and feet, increasing healing potential.
Generally, people who exercise live longer lives and have less pain in later life.
Exercise is also crucial for your brain. Being in control of your body weight and form can actually elevate your mood. Exercise decreases depression and mood swings for people with even severe forms of depression.
Exercise adds to your self esteem. Exercise promotes self-discipline that spills over into the rest of your life. People who exercise regularly tend to have more social interaction than people who do not exercise. Exercise also stimulates the brain, especially in the elderly. It increases memory function and mental acuity.
Exercise improves your sex life. Studies have shown that men who exercise regularly are much less likely to experience erectile dysfunction or impotence than men who do not exercise. Simple cardiovascular exercises increase blood flow to all of your organs. It helps to increase your stamina and your sexual functioning.
Exercise decreases your risk of osteoporosis, heart attack, stroke, even decreases your cholesterol levels. If your doctor is preaching to you about lowering your triglycerides, exercise can help you there, as well.
Exercise is shown to prevent certain forms of cancer, including breast cancer. Women who exercise regularly are 60% less likely to develop breast cancer than women who do not exercise. Exercise prevents diabetes and can reverse even insulin dependent diabetes.
Exercises help your body gain muscle and lose fat. It creates alternate pathways for blood flow, helping to bypass clogged arteries. Exercise lowers your heart rate and increases your lung capacity. Exercise creates a toned body that works at optimal capacity. Exercise even helps you to sleep well at night. A body's temperature lowers naturally a few hours after exercise. This helps even an insomniac get a better night's rest. Exercise also increases your energy levels while you are awake. You can accomplish more when you exercise.
With so many reasons to exercise, it is surprising that anyone would want to avoid working out. Unfortunately, exercise is sometimes pushed aside because we have so many other things to do with our lives. Having more time to do those things is one of the benefits of exercise.