We know you’ve heard it all before, but it bears telling again! Regular exercise has been proven to maintain or restore most aspects of health, and if you want to live a long and independent life then building opportunities to exercise into your daily routine is essential.
If you’re already suffering from chronic disease or the effects of an injury then exercise can help you cope more effectively and recover more quickly.
Here’s how and why!
- Heart conditions and diseases: Being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. These effects keep your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes.
- Mood: Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
- Exercise boosts energy: Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. It also helps the body to produce feel good chemicals to reduce depression and some types of pain.
- Exercise promotes better sleep: Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster, deepen and lengthen your sleep, giving you the much needed renewal for a new day. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.
- The bone, joint and muscle system: Regular exercise can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. It can also reduce joint stiffness and increase muscle strength, tone and general balance. This is particularly beneficial in avoiding the risk of falls and fracture as people get older.
- Weight management: Regular exercise can help to maintain a healthy weight reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and joint pain.
Claim your right to all these benefits, for at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 days per week.
Let exercise change your life for the better.