We all have days when the idea of a workout seems like too much work. It’s hard not to roll your eyes at yet another fitness trend article, or tune out while reading some new study on how getting up and going to bed is good for you. But we all know that exercise is good for us. It’s one of the most consistent ways to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
What are the benefits of an exercise program?
1. Improved cardiovascular fitness
A consistent exercise program can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of high cholesterol and heart disease. A recent study also found that regular exercise can improve arterial health in diabetics, by increasing the amount of blood vessels in the heart and reducing inflammation.
2. Stronger bones
Regular aerobic exercise increases bone density, helps prevent osteoporosis, and decreases risk of fractures. In a recent study, women ages 60 to 69 who exercised regularly had less bone loss than women who didn’t exercise regularly.
3. Better muscle strength
Aerobic exercise helps to build endurance and strength, increasing your ability to do everyday tasks. Your heart pump more blood with less effort, making everyday activities easier and reducing the risk of heart disease. Building muscle can also help you lose weight by increasing the rate at which your body burns calories even when you’re not working out.
4. Better sleep
Aerobic exercise can improve sleep quality by reducing stress, insomnia, and depression. Regular aerobic exercise improves mood and reduces anxiety by increasing serotonin in the brain. One study found that people who go to bed at the same time every night are less anxious and depressed than people who don’t.
5. Improved memory/concentration
Aerobic exercise stimulates the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning, improving memory, concentration, attention span and recall retention.
6. Better skin
Aerobic exercise increases circulation, which will help make your skin look more radiant, and prevent acne breakouts. The benefits of an exercise program extend beyond your body, boosting your mood by reducing stress and anxiety. Exercise can even reduce loneliness and improve sleep quality.
If you have a sedentary or inactive lifestyle or feel that working out is a luxury you cannot afford in this busy day and age, think again because the benefits of an exercise program are limitless.