How many times have you been told that exercise was “good for you”? But nobody really takes the time to say (or doesnt know?) why… Here are some
quick benefits of regular exercise:
Exercise alters your mood.
Your mood is enhanced because during exercise the body releases certain chemicals. These chemicals are endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine all of which boost your mood and make you feel happy. Here are some other reasons why you should exercise:
Exercise improves your blood circulation
which in turn benefits every part of the body, including the mind. Exercise will help you sleep better – provided the gap between exercising and attempting to sleep is not less than three hours otherwise the presence of adrenaline in your blood stream will keep you alert and prevent you from getting any sleep.
Exercise helps you look better,
provided you also follow a healthy diet regime – because exercise not only tones up the muscle; the increased blood circulation and adequate water intake will make your skin glow.
Exercise keeps your body fat and body weight in check.
This in turn keeps your internal organs in good shape and stress free condition. When you eat healthy food there is less stress on your stomach, pancreases, liver and kidneys. Less fat pressing on your internal organs means they function under less stressful conditions.
Exercising helps you age well.
When you are relatively young (under 45) old age might not be a concern but a relatively fit body has better chances of avoiding old age ailments such as arthritis, osteoporosis, memory loss and failure of internal organs.
Exercise helps you convert food into energy.
When you eat food, it is converted into energy. A little bit is utilized immediately to sustain your day-to-day requirement and the rest is stored as fat. When you exercise, you utilize the energy created. Exercising is like using your car. If you just keep in the garage with little or no use it will rust. The same happens to our body, especially the joints.
Exercise helps you avoid diseases like diabetes.
Improved blood circulation and stress free internal organs help avoid diabetes, liver and cardiovascular problems.
Exercise helps you be fit for the day in case you need a sudden boost of energy.
For example, if you are a victim of an attempted mugging or you need to run away from a fire or scene of some other disaster, a fit body will help you cover the distance required to keep you safe. Exercise therefore is not just something required to stay fit and avoid diseases; your very life may some day depend on it.
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