7 Benefits of Exercise

If your not exercising your missing out on so many benefits for your body besides staying toned. 
Physical activity doesn't mean you have to run a marathon everyday, but it does mean your moving your body. Think of this... each day public schools send their students to P.E. for a reason, it get's the blood pumping, clears their little minds, burns off some energy and helps to defeat childhood obesity.  As adults we often get to busy or just plain lazy and forget the benefits of skipping around the front yard or 20 minutes of yoga. 

7 Benefits of Exercise

1. Control Weight. It's a no brainier that the more we move our body the more calories are being burned.
2. Combat health conditions and disease. Regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.
3. Improve mood.  Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
4. More Energy.  Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.
5. Better Sleep. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.
6. More of a "spark".  Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. 
7. Boosts your brain by improving memory and thinking skills. The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells.
So get that body moving! Its' recommended to have 150 minutes per week of physical exercise. That can be a walk, cardio, weight lifting or yoga (one of my favorites). The key is to get the heart rate up and move.  

If your looking for more information about having more energy and a healthy weight check out my other blog post ... Who Else Wants more Energy and a Healthy Weight.

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