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The Importance Of Regular Exercise

by Mr. Spartan

Posted on May 8th, 2015

Woman exercising without weights

Exercising is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being inactive can put one's health at risk. In fact, studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle can be just as dangerous for one's health as smoking. On the other hand, regular exercise can benefit one's health in many ways. Below are some of the reasons regular exercise is important:

Helps You Control Your Weight

Obesity is a condition that affects about one-third of the population. Fortunately, it can be prevented with regular exercise. Exercise helps you control your weight. It can also help you lose weight. Weight loss occurs when the number of calories burned is greater than the number of calories taken in. Exercise can help you burn hundreds of calories per hour.

Keep in mind that in order for you to lose or maintain your body weight, you must also follow a healthy diet.

Reduce Your Stress

Exercising is one of the best things you can do after having a stressful day. Exercise can help boost endorphins, which are often referred to as happy chemicals. It can also help increase the amount of norepinephrine in the body. Norephineprine helps regulate the body's response to stress.

Exercise can also be effective for treating depression. In fact, some studies suggest that exercise can be just as effective for treating mild depression as antidepressants.

Prevent Cognitive Decline

Aging affects every part of the body, and the brain is no exception. Exercise can help protect the hippocampus, which is a part of the brain that controls memory and learning.

Reduce Anxiety

There are many things that can cause a person to feel anxious, such as a big exam or presentation. Fortunately, you can alleviate anxiety by exercising. Studies have shown that both moderate and intense exercise can alleviate anxiety.

Prevent Numerous Chronic Diseases

Cancer, heart disease and diabetes are some of the diseases that threaten health. These conditions are becoming more common. However, you can reduce your risk of those conditions by exercising on a regular basis. Regular exercise helps lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. It also helps protect and strengthen the heart.

Furthermore, exercise helps boost the immune system. If you have a strong immune system, then you are less likely to develop numerous illnesses. Exercise can also help keep the cells healthy. You do not have to exercise a lot to reap the benefits. Thirty minutes of activity per day can do wonders for your health.

Improve Your Quality Of Life

Exercising regularly can help significantly improve your quality of life. It helps keep you looking and feeling refreshed. It also helps lift your mood and promote restful sleep. Additionally, exercise helps improve your quality of life by improving your health.