Exercise has so many health benefits. It reduces your risk for several health conditions and improves your overall quality of life.
Exercise is a stress reliever – Let's face it we all have to blow off some steam after a hectic day at work.
Why not try sweat it out on the squash court or run it out around the block? You will feel much happier afterward thanks to endorphins released during exercise.
It relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety, improves self-confidence, and makes you look and feel better.
Physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering blood pressure, raising HDL cholesterol levels, decreasing LDL cholesterol levels, improving blood flow and increasing your heart’s working capacity.
It also reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and some types of cancers like colon and breast cancer.
Exercise is an important part of weight management and to achieve optimal body composition. It helps to reduce body fat, build or maintain muscle mass, and improves metabolism.
Exercise strengthens your muscles and bones reducing your risk of osteoporosis. It is helpful in the management of back pain. Fitness enhances your immunity. It builds resistance to colds and other infectious diseases.
Bottom line: Exercise makes you feel good, more confident, live longer, perform better mentally and physically, helps you to manage stress, sleep better, and save tons of money on medical costs!
Basically there is no medicine in the world what can do what 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week can do for you.
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Tips for making exercise a priority
- If you haven’t exercised in a while, you can start slow and build up. There are lots of apps with exercise programs that help you increase the duration and intensity of exercise
- Don’t have time to exercise daily? Cut it down into shorter time slots such as 10 minutes before work, 10-minute walk during lunch break and 10-minute jog after work
- If you are not a gym junkie, you can still find a sport you like or do an activity that involves the whole family
- Find an activity in your everyday life
- Park further from the shops or office and walk a little.
- Take the stairs instead of the lift
- Play with your kids
- Walk the dog
- Join your local sports center for action netball, cricket, hockey or do hiking or cycling with the family
Thank you for reading this blog. Please comment with tips on how you've made exercise a priority in your busy schedule. I love hearing from you
There is really no reason for you not to get active. Find something you love today.