Does exercise make you healthier?

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Yes, yes and yes! Physical activity and exercise in all forms are good for just about everyone, including all age groups. In most cases you have more to lose by not being active than if do at least some exercise even every now and then. The best results and the greatest benefits you get of course, when you are doing exercise on a regular basis.

 

Here are some of the benefits of exercise for your health, just to name a few to get you moving:

 

Helps you sleep better. Exercise has long been linked to better sleep and as we all know, adequate sleep is crucial for good overall health and wellbeing. There’s no one perfect exercise that will enhance your sleep (of course any type of movement is better than no exercise at all) but cardio exercise, strength training and yoga are scientifically proven to help you get better sleep.

Regularly done it helps with better digestion. Exercise is a great way of helping us stay healthy on the inside, including maintaining a healthy digestion. It also enhances many factors that are indirectly beneficial, such as increased hydration and better dietary intake. Try for example swimming, brisk walking or running, crunches, sit-ups or yoga.

 

 

Helps you resist stress. People who exercise can more effectively deal with stressors in their environment. The more often you exercise, the better. That stress feeling you have can be caused by elevated levels of the hormones cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine and exercise lowers these hormones. At the same time, it increases happy feelings spreading hormone called serotonin, which helps reduce stress. So, next time you’re feeling stressed, try for example walking, cycling, dancing, yoga or whatever activities you enjoy!

Helps reduce negative moods. Working out and being active can help keep depression and anxiety at bay in an easy and drug-free way. Exercise increases your serotonin level (the “feel good” hormones), which helps decrease negative emotions and increase positive ones.

Helps prevent osteoporosis. For younger people, regular exercise and workouts can help build strong bones and for adults, it’s beneficial by helping slow the loss of bone density that comes with age, and can also help improve balance and coordination, which can help prevent falls. For example, aerobic exercise, resistance training, jumps and even exercises that increase balance and agility, can help prevent osteoporosis, thinning of bones, fracture risk, and falls that may lead to fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist.

 

 

Valuable for your heart and blood vessels. Many studies have shown that workouts done regularly lower the risk of heart diseases, such as arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries around the heart, which may lead to heart attacks, reduces bad cholesterol and lowers the risk of high blood pressure. Long story short: When a person exercises, the heart muscle contracts forcefully and frequently, increasing blood flow through the arteries. This action leads to subtle changes in the autonomic nervous system, which in the end lowers resting heart rate and lower blood pressure and makes heart’s work easier in all ways.

Helps you maintain healthy weight. We all know that exercise is an important part of losing weight and maintaining that healthy weight. Healthy weight in turn, affects on your overall wellbeing, how you feel mentally and physically. So, what are you waiting for, get moving!

 

❤️: Sanna

 

 

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