The Benefits of Physical Activity

It’s no secret that exercise makes anyone feel better. But exercising regularly has many health benefits that can help individuals live longer. Being physically active can even help the body fight off disease and sickness and lead to an overall healthier lifestyle. The following benefits are just some of the ways an individual can benefit from physical activity.

Increase Happiness

Exercise has been proven to increase your mood while decreasing feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety. It can increase the production of endorphins, and help regulate stress and anxiety. A workout doesn’t have to be overly intense for this to happen. Studies have shown that individuals diagnosed with depression have shown decreased feelings of sadness once they engaged in physical activity. Going for a walk when it’s nice out is one of the easiest ways to boost your mood!

Weight Loss

One of the biggest reasons individuals exercise is to lose weight. Dieting also plays a major role in weight loss, but combined with physical activity; regular exercise will increase your metabolic rate which can delay weight loss. Combined with aerobic exercises and resistance training, exercise can maximize fat loss and muscle mass which helps keep weight off.

Chronic Disease

Exercise is a great way to help reduce the risk of chronic disease. Regularly participating in physical activity has helped improve cardiovascular fitness, body composition, insulin sensitivity, and helped decrease blood pressure. Research has shown that individuals suffering from early symptoms of chronic disease have seen fewer or slowed down symptoms once they engaged in physical activity.

Sleep

Exercise has been known to help improve the sleep habits of many people. Energy depletion occurs during exercise and stimulates the sleep process. Body temperature also increases during exercise and drops while sleeping which can also help the body regulate sleep. Studies have found that as little as 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week can improve sleep quality by 65 percent!

Memory

Regular exercise can help improve brain function and thinking skills. When an individuals heart rate increases, it helps promote blood and oxygen flow to the brain while also stimulating the production of hormones that increase brain cell growth. Physical activity is important in older adults because it helps promote changes in the structure of the brain and helps slow down the aging of the brain.

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