Physical exercise is any form of activity that helps you maintain and improve physical fitness along with your health. Regular physical activity makes you feel good about you and can have numerous health benefits. Let’s see some benefits of doing physical exercise in this article
Increases lifetime and improves health
According to CDC (center for disease control and prevention) every minute of exercise lengthens up your life by seven minutes. People with healthy weight and being physically active for about 7 hours a week have 40% lower risk of dying early compared to those who don’t go for physical activity.
Physical exercise helps improve health and add years to your life by relieving anxiety, tension, anger and depression. A feel good sensation can be noticed immediately after physical activity.
A regular physical activity improves your physical wellness, helps to boost mental wellness, and prolongs optimal health too.
Protects you from developing heart diseases and high blood pressure
Regular physical activity reduces risk factors of getting heart (cardiovascular) diseases that includes high blood pressure, Low cardio-respiratory fitness etc.
According to CDC, a moderate to intensity physical activity about 150 minutes a week can lower the risk of heart diseases.
For People who are already with heart disease, regular exercising is advised as a way to help prevent them from getting worse.
Regular physical activity also helps to improve HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels and lowers blood pressure.
Protects you from developing cancers, diabetes and metabolic syndrome
According to some findings by CDC, the risk of colon, breast, lung and endometrial cancer lowers if you get regular physical activity compared to those who are not active.
Also, Lower rates of metabolic syndrome conditions such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar and too much fat around waist (abdominal obesity) are seen with 120-150 minutes per week of physical activity.
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be reduced by following a moderate to intensity physical activity.
Improves brain functionality and memory power
Regular physical activity helps keep your learning skills, judgmental skills and thinking sharp as you age. It lowers the risk of depression and improves the quality of sleep.
By exercising, the levels of brain chemicals called growth factors will increase which helps to make new brain cells and organize new connections with the cells to help us learn efficiently.
Even with a mild physical activity such a leisure walk, helps to keep your brain active and fit, warding off memory loss and retaining skills like vocabulary retrieval strong.
Performing muscle- strengthening activities or any other physical activity 3-5 times a week for about 30- 60 minutes provides the above mentioned mental health benefits.
Save medical expenses
According to World Health Organization, people who are physically active save about $ 500 annually in health care expenses.
In the year 2013, a study published in Canadian journal of cardiology found that regular physical exercise improves health of patients suffering with atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm). Thus, saving expenses on heart medications, regular heart checkups and cardiologists.
So, “Stop making excuses, and start making physical exercise/ fitness a priority.”