If you’ve been reading any of the various bits of information flying around about health awareness, you have probably also had a quick look at prevention. Did you also notice how “exercise” always features as one of the primary prevention strategies? There are some serious reasons why exercise is recommended. Here are some immediate benefits you can enjoy, when you get off your butt and get moving:
- Exercise “eats” calories – try aerobic exercise – running and biking – burns lots of calories, and strength training builds muscles that burn calories 24/7.
- Exercise is key for weight maintenance. If you don’t believe me, there are statistics to prove that 94 percent of people who have maintained their weight loss over a long period of time exercised regularly.
- Exercise is fantastic for cardiovascular health. Regular exercise strengthens your heart, improves blood flow, reduces blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and lowers blood pressure.
- Exercise reduces the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and some types of cancer.
- Exercise is a natural antidepressant. Studies show that exercise reduces stress levels and prompts the body to release chemicals that make you feel good.
- Exercise improves memory by optimizing the delivery of oxygen and other vital nutrients to the brain.
Okay — you have six reasons – now get moving!
And don’t curse your running shoes.