We have all seen them... the buff guy at the gym who barely breaks a sweat while he bench presses more weights than you can count... The thin girl who runs 13 miles on the treadmill without batting an eyelash. They are the envy of every person who comes to the gym to struggle and sweat. What is the point? You don't have to kill yourself at the gym or run 13 miles a day on the treadmill to get the benefits of exercise. Let us tell you how.
What are the benefits of regular exercise?
You don't have to spend hours lifting weights or running marathons on the treadmill. Too much exercise can have negative effects on your body and your mental health. However, finding the right kind of exercise that you enjoy and are able to do every day, can improve your mental and physical health. Thirty minutes a day of moderate exercise provides many health benefits. The brain is one organ that benefits from exercise. Regular exercise helps improve learning, remembering, and thinking. It can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Exercise can also help you sleep better. These benefits are just the beginning.
Regular moderate exercise helps slow the loss of bone density. Physically active people have less risk of a hip fracture and less risk of falling. This is especially true for older adults. Aerobic activities such as walking, running, jumping jacks, and strength training all help to strengthen bones and protect them from injury. Regular exercise helps with arthritis. Muscle-strengthening activities help keep your muscles strong.
Reduce Health Risks
Regular exercise helps reduce your risk of heart disease by strengthening your heart. Exercise also improves blood flow which also helps the heart, improves circulation, and lowers blood pressure. Strength training also increases heart strength and lowers blood pressure. It can also help prevent falls and injuries because of the improved muscle strength and tone.
Exercise can reduce your risk for some cancers such as colon, breast, uterine, and lung cancer. It also lowers the risk for stroke, metabolic syndromes, type 2 diabetes, and sleep problems. Exercise also helps with sexual health by lowering the risk for erectile dysfunction in men and improving arousal for women.
Mental Health Benefits
Regular exercise can be a big boost to mental wellness. It helps with managing anxiety and depression. Exercise releases the hormones that cause you to feel good and release any anxiety. Exercise can also boost your self confidence and self-image. Choosing an activity you like that gets you out and around people, can be fun and socially engaging. This is also a boost to your overall mental wellness.
Choosing an exercise that you enjoy that does not cause you pain or injury is so important for your overall physical health and well-being. Thirty minutes a day is all you need to reap the many benefits of physical activity. Before beginning any exercise routine, it is a good idea to check in with your doctor to make sure you are well enough for the exercise program you are interested in. Please give us a call to make your appointment today at Maryland Primary Care and Wellness.