Exercise: Why is it so beneficial?

We hear it all the time – exercising is vital to maintain your health. But have you ever thought
about why? Exercise can boost your mood, improve your health, and so much more. If you want
to feel better, increase your energy, and boost your over all health, exercise is the answer!
One area where exercise is key is weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn
calories, so, when you increase your activity, you burn more calories. Trips to the gym are great,
but not always possible. When you have a busy day, keep in mind that a 5 mile run or a 30
minute yoga class isn’t the only way to engage your body. You can still up your fitness just by
making a few simple changes by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, revving up your
household chores, or taking a brisk walk during your lunch break.
Another amazing benefit of exercise is the impact it can have on your health. No matter what
your weight is, being active can help fight off disease and illness. For example, regular exercise
can help to prevent or manage stroke, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure,
cancer, arthritis, insomnia and more.
Besides all of the physical benefits, consistent exercise can also help you to improve your mood.
This happens because exercise and physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that can
make you feel happier, more relaxed, and less anxious. Exercise can also help you to feel better
about your appearance and increase your confidence and self-esteem. The benefits are endless!
Exercise and physical activity are great ways to feel better, boost your health and have fun. For
most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends:
• At least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous
aerobic activity, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The guidelines suggest
that you spread this exercise throughout the week. Examples include running, walking or
swimming. Even small amounts of physical activity are helpful, and accumulated activity
throughout the day adds up to provide health benefits.
• Strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Examples
include lifting free weights, using weight machines or doing body-weight training.
Spread your activities throughout the week. If you want to lose weight, meet specific fitness
goals or get even more benefits, you may need to ramp up your moderate aerobic activity to 300
minutes or more a week.