Updated: Jul 2, 2019
According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines Committee, Regular physical activity (exercise) can help lower your risk for many diseases that affect women, including heart disease and stroke. But that list keeps on going and the benefits of finally starting that exercise routine you have been postponing for a while, are much bigger than the cons.
Getting regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. Regular physical activity can help:
1. Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol
Exercise can improve cholesterol. Moderate physical activity can help raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol. With your doctor's OK, work up to at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week or vigorous aerobic activity for 20 minutes three times a week, according to the Mayo Clinic.
2. Lower your risk of dying early
When you start an #exercise routine, your health overall will improve, lowering your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, risk of heart conditions, #diabetes etc, therefore helping you to live a longer and #healthierlife.
3. Help you lose weight (if you combine it with cutting calories) or keep your weight where it is as you get older
One of the main reasons why people start on an exercise routine is to #loseweight and #losebodyfat, and that's only the tip of the iceberg! After few days into your routine, you will start feeling better, sleeping better, eating better and looking better will be the cherry on top of the ice cream!
4. Improve #depression
Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by:
Releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being
Taking your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety
5. Improve sleep
According to the National Sleep foundation, "as little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, can dramatically improve the quality of your nighttime sleep, especially when done on a regular basis. What’s more, exercisers may reduce their risk for developing troublesome sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome".