Whether you’re looking to lose a little or a lot, the benefits of exercise go far beyond just losing weight. While it’s great to lose weight and look great… exercise helps your body in so many other ways as well!
Exercising 3-4 times a week, an hour and a half at least each day has been found by experts to greatly reduce the risk of several diseases and health conditions. Some diseases that exercise will help you prevent are heart disease, stroke, and Peripheral Vascular Disease.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol are both health conditions that could be avoided by regular exercise. Diabetes that’s non-insulin-dependent can be controlled by eliminating most body fat and increasing your daily physical activity.
Over 40% of American people alone are considered medically obese. This is a staggering statistic brought on by multiple and varied causes. However by exercising and building muscle mass in place of fat, it will help your metabolism increase, which means you’re burning even more calories, even at rest.
Most patients that come into a doctor’s office complaining of back pain are overweight. Doing exercises that improve your flexibility; such as yoga, Pilates, and tai chi, for example will be able to help reduce back pain.
Exercise has now been shown to be as effective as medication for some types of depression as well. I know I always feel better after a workout, especially if it’s a nice long bike ride outside.
Whatever kind of exercise you like to do… and if you think you don’t like ANY exercise, keep looking, I bet there’s something out there you can get in to ~ and start doing it. Exercising consistently has so many advantages to your health and your body ~ it’s just silly not to!