Springtime Exercise: The Importance of Regular Activity

shutterstock_320023778Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s time to think about getting out into your community to get some exercise again. Regular exercise is extremely healthy for your mind and body. If you aren’t sure the effort is worth it, check out these benefits of regular exercise.

Fights Obesity

A lot of people start exercising because they want to lose weight, which is a great idea because regular exercises helps control weight gain and fights obesity. As long as you don’t binge on fatty, unhealthy foods, regular exercise can help control your weight, so you don’t gain. If you already have a few pounds you want to lose, exercise burns calories, so you can lose the weight faster than with dieting alone. Of course the more intense the workout, the more calories you burn.

Helps Prevent Some Diseases

A common risk factor of many diseases is being overweight, so if you are exercising regularly and controlling your weight, your risk of many diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure is reduced. However, even if you’re still overweight, the more you exercise, the higher your good cholesterol rises and the lower your triglycerides fall. This can help keep cardiovascular disease and other problems at bay even before you lose the weight.

Gives Your Mood a Boost

Everyone gets into slumps where they just don’t feel very happy or they are extremely stressed about something. Well, exercise can help keep some of those negative feelings away. When you exercise, certain chemicals in your brain are released. These stimulate your brain to make you feel happier and more relaxed. So, next time you’re feeling stressed or sad, instead of eating a greasy burger to comfort yourself, try going for a healthy jog. It will make you feel better without the guilt.

Improves Energy

If you find that you regularly feel tired after simple tasks, such as household chores, don’t turn to coffee. Instead, start exercising. Regular exercise improves energy, making you feel more awake and alert. This also helps you get a better night’s sleep, which improves your energy even further.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. Find one you actually enjoy doing and do it. The more often you exercise, the greater you’ll feel about yourself, and spring is the perfect time to get started.

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