1.Exercise controls weight.
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside huge chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t fit in an actual work-out, just get more active throughout the day in simple ways – take the stairs instead of the lift or do the housework a little bit more energetically.
2.Exercise combats health conditions and diseases.
Worried about heart-disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides helping to keep your blood flowing smoothly. This decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, regular physical activity can help prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome (combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity), type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis and falls.
3.Exercise improves mood.
Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off steam after a stressful day? A workout at home or a 30-minute brisk walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve self-esteem.
4.Exercise boosts energy.
Winded by carrying shopping or doing housework? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy.
5.Exercise promotes better sleep.
Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you to fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Best not to exercise too close to bedtime though or you may be too energised to fall asleep!
6.Exercise puts the spark back in your sex life.
Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energised and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. It can also lead to enhanced sexual arousal for women and less problems with erectile dysfunction in men.
7.Exercise can be fun.
It can be an enjoyable way to spend time. It gives you a chance to unwind, to spend time outdoors or simply engage in activities you enjoy. Physical activity can also help you to spend time with friends and family in a fun social setting. Find something you enjoy whether it’s dancing, weight training or running – just do it. If you get bored, try something new.
What’s your favourite form of exercise?