Top 7 Benefits
Our fitness experts here understand is fitness and exercise are important factors in improving your physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. By practicing regular forms of exercise, you can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of diabetes, increase energy and control weight gain. (Walden, 2018) If you are lacking some motivation, keep reading for an incredible list of reasons that you should begin your fitness journey today!
- Help for Mental Health Issues -
According to an article published through Walden University, “Exercise is a scientifically proven mood booster, decreasing symptoms of both depression and anxiety.” If you are struggling with getting those endorphin levels up, weekly exercises sessions can improve your mood.
- Improving Cognitive Skills -
Physical activity during your life span can have a positive effect on cognition in the brain while providing protective effects against the development of dementia. Evidence shows that higher levels of physical activity are better for delaying symptoms while improving strength, balance and mobility. (Geda, 2010)
- Improve Balance -
In addition to cardiorespiratory endurance (aerobic) activity, older adults can benefit from muscle-strengthening activities. Stronger muscles help reduce the risk of falling and improve the ability to perform the routine tasks of daily life. (CDC.Gov)
- Exercise Slows Bone Loss -
During youth, the body builds bone fast than it loses. With age, bones become for fragile and susceptible to breaks. According to the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Seminar at Harvard University, “Exercise plays a key role in slowing bone loss.”
- Healthy Immune System -
Experts believe that moderate exercise reduces levels of stress hormones and other chemicals that suppress immune system functioning and increase inflammatory activity.
- Better Sleep – zzzzz! -
Getting a good night’s sleep is great to helping keep you energized and focused throughout your day. But, waking up throughout the night, or failing to go into deep sleep can sometimes throw a person off. According to Walden University, “Physical activity increases body temperature, which can have calming effects on the mind, leading to less sheep counting and more shuteye. “ (Walden, 2018)
- Longer Life! -
Adds years to your life. In the long-running Framingham Heart Study, moderate activity tacked on 1.3 years of life for men and 1.5 years of life for women versus low activity. Raising the bar to high activity added 3.7 years for men and 3.5 years for women
Walden University. “5 Mental Benefits of Exercise.” Walden University, Walden University, 14 Mar. 2018, www.waldenu.edu/bachelors/bs-in-psychology/resource/five-mental-benefits-of-exercise.
Geda Ye RROKDS & et al. (2010). Physical exercise, aging, and mild cognitive impairment: A population-based study. Archives of Neurology, 67(1) p. 80-6.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, MS K-46