“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” – Joseph Addison
You have heard of physical activity having benefits. I try to incorporate most things I do into an exercise. Here are some reasons that motivated me into being more physically active, hopefully, it will do the same for you.
Physical activity controls fat loss, and maintenance of fat-free mass, meaning the weight that so many people want to lose. Engaging in physical activity burns calories. (3)
If you only reduce your calorie intake to lose weight, without exercising, you will probably lose muscle as well as fat. (4) A study found that a quarter of weight loss is muscle. (5) Your body needs to find other sources of fuel, i.e., muscle when cutting back on calories. (6)
Aerobic exercise doesn’t have such an effect on muscle mass, compared to weight lifting. (10) That is why you will find a lot of people doing more cardio than weight lifting for weight loss, but weight lifting is still essential. Combining exercise and a good diet can reduce the amount of muscle you lose. (7,8,9)
Exercise combats health conditions. high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is boosted when you engage in physical activity, and unhealthy triglycerides are also decreased. Regular exercise also helps prevent or manage health problems like stroke, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, arthritis, and falls, especially for the older generation. (1)
Exercise improves mood by stimulating various brain chemicals that will help you feel less anxious and full of happiness. Another reason is you will feel a lot better about the way you look. (2)
Physical activity will help boost your energy and endurance, so you are less fatigued throughout the day. That is because physical activity increases cardiovascular health. With a better cardiovascular system, more oxygen and nutrients can be delivered to your tissues.
Physical activity or exercise leads to better sleep. It’ll help you fall asleep faster, get better sleep, and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime.
Physical activity doesn’t have to be going to the gym. It can be anything that you find to be fun. Anything you enjoy that gets the muscles working means you are benefiting from it. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to go to the gym because any amount of exercise is better than none at all. To start just be more active throughout the day, park further from the store or take the stairs over the elevator.
(Check with your doctor if you looking into starting an exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised in a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis, or you have any concerns.)
RECOMMENDED READING: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by David Ratey
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