Exercise and physical activities are great ways to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time or have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or probably you have any concerns with the type of exercise to engage on.
I have listed below some benefits of exercising to further help us understand why we should all exercise our bodies as often as possible;
- Because exercise helps use up oxygen, it causes the body to burn stored fat and helps you maintain a normal weight. Example: If you walk 4 miles a day, 4 times a week, you will burn about 1600 calories – nearly a half pound a week. With no change in diet, if you were to keep walking the same distance over six months, you will lose 12 pounds or 24 pounds over 12 months.
- Most people know that exercise keeps muscles strong. But stronger muscles also burn more calories while at rest. Muscle mass is metabolically active tissue so the more you have, the more calories you burn when you are not working out.
- Some studies suggest that for each pound of muscle you add to the body, you will burn an additional 35 to 50 calories per day.
- Guys have more muscle mass than ladies so they burn calories faster and lose weight more easily. That also means that ladies need to work out daily to stay strong and in shape.
- Regular, moderate exercise will keep your bones strong. This includes weight-bearing exercises like walking, running, jogging, and dancing. Research tells us that resistance exercises also boost bone mass and keep muscles strong.
- Exercise boosts blood circulation and with increased blood circulation come the increase of nutrients delivered to the skin helping to detoxify the body by removing toxins.
- With increased oxygen to the skin there is an increase in the natural production of collagen. Your skin color is also improved after exercise because of the increase in blood flow.
- Regular exercise reduces the amount of stress hormones in the body, resulting in slower heart rates, relaxed blood vessels, and lower blood pressure. Increased relaxation from exercise also shows on your face with reduced muscle tension.
- Regular exercise reduces the symptoms of moderate depression and enhances psychological fitness. Exercise can even produce changes in certain chemical levels in the body which can have an effect on the psychological state.
- Endorphins are brain hormones that are associated with a happy, positive feeling. Low levels of endorphins are associated with depression. Plasma levels of endorphins increase during exercise which may help to ease the symptoms of depression.
- Exercise also boosts the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that send specific messages from one brain cell to another. Though only a small % of serotonin is located in the brain, it plays a key role in keeping your mood calm.
- Regular exercise appears to jump start the immune system, thus reducing the number of colds, flu , and other viruses.
- Exercise boosts the blood flow to the brain and helps it to receive oxygen and nutrients. The better shape you are in, the faster you fire brain waves that are responsible for quick thinking.