Exercise Burns Fat, Boosts Immune System, and Much More!
Health experts encourage exercise to keep us in shape, but exercise is more than just losing weight and getting in shape!
This article examines how exercise affects your body and mind.
Several types of exercise like cardio, yoga, calisthenics, weightlifting, and others affect different body parts. Regardless of the form of exercise, they all play an essential role in maintaining the health of the body.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of exercise:
Weight Loss: A widely known function and benefit of exercise, physical activity burns fat and calories. It helps tone the body and decreases weight.
Fortunately, not all exercise needs to be intense. Healthy everyday activities such as taking the stairs, walking, cycling to work, or walking while speaking on the phone can help the body burn calories more regularly.
Improves circulatory functions and cardiac health: Exercise helps eliminate bad cholesterol (LDL) and promotes good cholesterol (HDL) in the body.
Removing unhealthy cholesterol improves blood circulation throughout the body. Moreover, efficient exercise helps the heartbeat efficiently, supporting cardiac health.
Improves immune system health: The importance of exercise for immune system health is underrated. With regular exercise, bacteria may be eliminated from the airways faster, thus, improving breathing.
According to research, exercise may improve the immune system’s ability to locate and remove pathogens. It could also help the body create more antibodies and T-cells necessary for fighting acute viral respiratory infections, pathogens, and foreign substances. Research suggests exercise may enhance the vaccine response in the body.
Regular exercise may also reduce stress, providing a much-needed immune system boost weakened by chronic stress. Scientists also suggest that “people who engage regularly in moderate exercise are often resistant to many diseases.“
Symptom mitigation for auto-immune diseases like Lupus and Fibromyalgia: Exercise could help ease symptoms associated with auto-immune disease. It may reduce inflammation in people with auto-immune conditions by controlling the inflammatory pathways that increase inflammation in the body. Low energy and fatigue are symptoms of Lupus that exercise may improve.
Energy level boost: Exercise could increase energy levels and stamina, allowing for more energy throughout the day.
Improves strength: Regular exercise also increases muscle strength, potentially helping you perform daily chores with more ease (e.g., carrying grocery bags from the supermarket, shoveling snow, and holding children, to name a few).
Increased metabolism: Exercise improves metabolism. As most people age, their muscle mass declines, causing a slower metabolism. Therefore, it becomes vital to engage in some form of regular exercise. Increased metabolism aids in weight loss and prevents or slows down gaining unnecessary pounds.
Stress relief: Working out is a great way to ease emotional and mental stress because it helps release stress and regulate hormones. Studies reveal that a 30-minute brisk walk can help calm the mind.
May stave off cognitive problems: Exercise may protect the brain against or delay certain neurological diseases. Some health conditions are unavoidable, but regular exercise may delay them. Examples include Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s.
High-intensity exercise may delay the advancement of Parkinson’s and boost neuronal activity. It may also increase important brain proteins like Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Other types of exercise like “forced exercises” may slow down the deterioration of motor symptoms in Parkinson’s.
Enhanced mood: Regular exercise can help enhance your mood. It has been shown to increase serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates appetite, mood, and sleep.
Endorphins are natural mood enhancers that also tend to increase with regular exercise and physical movement. Exercise may be just as effective as anti-depressants at helping ease depression symptoms, which is why some doctors recommend it for patients suffering from depression.
Boosts self-confidence: Exercise may boost self-confidence because of the overall positive effects on the body and mind.
Skin health maintenance: Moderate exercise is great for the skin, as it increases blood flow to the skin and helps remove free radicals and waste products from active cells. Improving blood flow throughout the body means more oxygen and nutrients get carried to your organs (your skin is an organ too!). Exercise may also improve the appearance of cellulite.
Sleep pattern improvement: Exercise increases body temperature, resulting in a hyperactive state.
When the temperature drops to normal, the body signals the brain to sleep, so an exercised or physically active body tends to rest well. The exertion from the workout may help you experience deeper sleep.
Brainpower and memory boost: Studies suggest that people who work out regularly may have more brainpower than those who do not.
The brain gets “lazy,” just like the rest of our bodies. Exercising is one way to keep the brain active. It could improve mental concentration, and memory, and enhance problem-solving skills. Exercise has also been shown to promote cell development in the hippocampus region of the brain.
Addiction recovery aid: Short workout sessions may help people recover from addiction. Moderate exercise could be a healthy distraction that potentially stables the mind, elevates mood, and reduces undesirable body urges.
Keeps creative juices flowing: Exercise may help you think more creatively. Studies reveal that a 30-minute walk may effectively assist with finding out-of-the-box solutions for problems.
Outdoor enjoyment: Workouts like walking, roller skating, jogging, or exercises done in parks and outside can help you enjoy the outdoors in an entirely unique way.
Nature is the best therapy, and fresh air helps rejuvenate your body and mind. It can also help you get adequate vitamin D from sun exposure, a necessity for skin and bone health.
May relieve arthritic pain: It may seem counterintuitive to exercise to relieve arthritic pain symptoms, but it is not. Experts often recommend engaging in some form of moderate exercise to ease arthritic pain. Chad Helmick, M.D. stated, “A long time ago, doctors would meet people with arthritis and tell them to rest their joints. […] Actually, resting your joints stiffens them up.”
Low-impact exercises like walking, biking, spinning, swimming, the elliptical, and aquatic aerobics would not put more strain on the joints. These types of exercises may help alleviate strain and reduce joint pain.
May lower mortality rate: Studies have found that exercise like walking can increase the longevity of a person’s life. A published 1998 study revealed that men who walked over two miles a day had lower mortality rates than men who walked less than a mile.
A recently published 2021 study suggested that people who take a minimum of 7,000 steps a day may lower their mortality risk by 50 to 70 percent.
Exercise provides endless benefits, and this article named only a few of the many ways it can help your body.
Exercise is one of the best medicines for improving health and well-being; the best part is you can do it anywhere.
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