Every day there is a new scientific report that tries to identify the benefits of exercise. The sad part is that those reports never coincide with each other. Some conclude positive effects while others list negative effects. There are even reports that come up with no proper conclusions.
This doesn’t mean that regular exercise doesn’t have any benefits. Exercise is the best way to keep oneself physically active. It keeps your body and mind in top shape. Don’t believe in the power of exercise? Here are eight good reasons why you should exercise:
1) Your aerobic power is maintained through exercising
Your body’s ability to consume oxygen at the maximum rate is known as aerobic power. According to scientific research, as we grow older we lose our aerobic power. This is bad because by the time we reach the age of 60, we will be huffing and puffing at the slightest exertions. Regular exercise helps us maintain our aerobic power. Even though we will continue losing our aerobic power, we will lose only half of it.
2) Exercise helps decrease blood pressure
Chronic hypertension is also a form of heart disease. It is caused by the build-up of plaque in the arteries. Regular exercises decrease the blood pressure, in part, by destroying the plaque in your arteries. This will widen your arteries so the blood will start to flow more freely.
3) It reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is increasing at a rapid speed. It has become world-wide public health crisis! Regular physical exercise helps your body metabolize glucose easily; this is the best way to keep this disease at bay.
4) Helps you build a stronger immune system
The immune system is responsible for fighting infections and other chemical toxins. As we grow older, our bodies go through ‘immune senescene.’ This is a foreseeable result of aging. Regular exercise counter acts immune senescene. Although it can’t stop you from aging, it will maintain your immune system.
5) Your bones stay stronger with exercise
Weight lifting improves your bone strength. Individuals with different age and physical strength require different weight training.
6) Exercise helps reduce stress and it boosts your energy
Stressed out from work or personal problems? Exercise daily and see the difference it makes in your live. You will find yourself dealing with stress better and you will have more energy to handle your daily tasks.
7) It builds your muscle mass
The more muscle mass you have, the better your metabolism will be. Resistance training helps build muscles and you will feel great about yourself too.
8) You don’t need to head to the gym to exercise
You can exercise by walking, jogging, by performing jumping jacks or squats or by simply going up and down the stairs. Once you make up your mind to exercise, it is not difficult to find ways to exercise.