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Exercising on a regular basis has many benefits for you, the most obvious of which is keeping your weight in check. We’ve put together eight of the benefits which, we feel, you will benefit from the most when you start exercising regularly.
Benefits of Exercise
1. Exercising Regularly Reduces your Risk of Illness
Experts at the Mayo Clinic say that when you’re active, you reduce unhealthy triglycerides (i.e. unhealthy cholesterol) in your body while you boost high-density lipoproteins (HDL), which are knows as good cholesterol. Exercising on a regular basis also promotes blood flow, which in turn reduces the risk of diseases such as cardiac disease.
2. Exercising helps to Control Weight
When you exercise, you burn calories. The more intensive the exercise, the more calories you burn. Together with a healthy eating plan, exercising on a regular basis will help to control your weight.
3. Your Mood will Improve
According to Dr Loretta Graziano Breuning, dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins – which are all brain chemicals – make you happy when these are released. As endorphins are released during exercise, regular exercise could very well improve your mood.
4. Your Energy Levels will Increase
The Mayo Clinic experts also say that regular exercise increases strength and endurance. As exercise promotes increased blood flow, it means that more oxygen will be delivered to the heart and lungs, thus making them work more efficiently. Together, these will help you to perform more activities, more often, which means you won’t fatigue as easily.
5. Recovery Time will Speed Up
Scholars at the Kansas State University say that if you exercise regularly, you’ll increase your muscle mass. The amount of white blood cells in your body will also increase. These two together will allow your body to recover quicker from illness and injury.
6. You’ll Burn Calories even when You’re Not Moving
The increased muscle mass that you’ll develop from regular exercise will burn far more calories when you’re resting.
7. You’ll be better Able to Handle Stress when Exercising Regularly
As we’ve said before, exercise increases blood flow. With this increase, there will be an increase in the amount of oxygen reaching the brain, which will result in you becoming more alert, calm and focused – and better able to handle stress.
8. You’ll Sleep Better
Regular exercise will help you fall asleep and improve the quality of your sleep.