Too many people think of exercise as regimental and boring. They consider exercise to be a drudgery or chore that they should be doing.

In fact, so many think it is a chore that most will admit that they don’t exercise on a regular basis at all.

What they don’t seem to realize is that not only can exercise be fun, it is absolutely vital to your overall health and well-being.

Physical Benefits of Exercise

  • reduces the risk of dying prematurely by lowering the risk of heart disease, cancers, strokes, diabetes and arthritis
  • lowers the risk of developing bone and joint disease by keeping them strong and limber.
  • helps us lose weight as it increases our metabolic rate so that the body burns not only more calories but burns them more efficiently.
  • reduces total body fat as shown by the body mass index (BMI).
  • lowers total cholesterol, especially the triglycerides which are the “bad” cholesterol and increases “good” cholesterol which gives us more energy
  • improves the immune system by helping both the circulatory and respiratory systems function more efficiently
  • protects against Type II Diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity
  • improves energy and endurance levels for added stamina
  • slows down the aging process overall by improving overall well-being

Emotional Benefits of Exercise

  • improves mood and fights depression by releasing chemicals called endorphins in the brain (the same reason chocolate gives us a mood boosting effect)
  • improves mental agility including things like acuity, math skills and reaction times
  • enhances creativity and imagination, probably as a fringe benefit to the endorphins
  • helps you sleep better (as long as you don’t exercise right before bed as that can actually wake you up instead)

As you can see, there are many benefits to regular exercise that cannot be overlooked.

This is one thing that all the top experts agree on for people to maintain optimal health.

Exercise, along with a balanced diet, sufficient rest and stress reduction are the cornerstones to living healthier lives.

Exercise doesn’t have to be intensiveto be helpful, either. Too many people think they have to go the gym and have a “real workout” for exercise to do anything for them. Fortunately, that is truly not the case. Any activity is better than none at all and most doctors will recommend that you start off slowly at first. Of course, increasing the duration, intensity and frequency of exercise brings even greater health benefits but it starts with simply getting moving.

Exercise doesn’t have to have a routine of any kind, either. In fact, most experts recommend that you vary the type of exercise as well as the intensity in order to prevent the body from becoming too accustomed to a particular routine. Once the body is adjusted, the routine or activity is not as effective. Think outside of the box with your exercise – dancing, swimming and even raking the lawn are very effective types of exercise.

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