By Marli Naidoo
Exercise is not only for people who want to lose weight or for those who enjoy sports or an active lifestyle. It is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which means that regular exercise should be part of everybody’s life.
And of course regular exercise can help with weight reduction. However, don’t try too much too soon. Start with ten minutes a day and gradually do more as your body becomes stronger and fitter. The idea is to burn enough kilojoules to bring about weight loss.
It reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and osteoporosis
Regular exercise can make you sleep better. When your body is tired, it is easier to fall asleep. The physical exertion will help your body’s circadian rhythm to stay in harmony. However, don’t exercise just before going to bed.
Exercise can relieve stress and help to relieve anxiousness, depression and anger.
People who are active and maintain a healthy weight can live up to seven years longer than people who are overweight and inactive.
There is a rise in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes worldwide. Because exercise improves your body’s ability to metabolise glucose, you can lower your risk of developing this condition.
Regular exercise maintains the immune function. It keeps your immune system stronger, which protects you against infection and chemical toxins. As a result, you won’t get sick so easily.
Exercise keeps your bones strong, i.e. your whole skeleton. To accomplish this, you need to exercise with weights at least for an hour a week.
If you are fit, you breathe better. Your lungs can then inhale more oxygen per breath.
You will feel more energetic and your ability to do more on a physical and mental level will improve.
Certain types of exercise lower your chances of developing arthritis. This includes exercises where you stretch a lot, which will consequently improve the extent of the movement around your joints.
Exercise can improve your cognitive function and as a result your memory too. You will also find that you can plan and argue better as your brain function increases.
Exercise is fun! In the beginning you may not think so, but as you become fitter and fitter you will enjoy it more and more. It is also something you can do with your family or friends, which means that it is good for your social life.
Family Doctor: https://familydoctor.org/why-exercise/
Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201205/19-reasons-exercise