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Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. This article explains the health benefits that are linked to regular exercise.

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that people who lead active lifestyles are less likely to suffer from illness and more likely to live longer. Exercise dramatically improves a person's life, it doesn't only make you physically fitter, but it also improves your mental health and general sense of wellbeing. Now, a growing body of research is showing that regular exercise can boost the body's immune system, increasing the circulation of natural killer cells that fight off viruses and bacteria.


Exercise improves the mood:

You will feel happier and more relaxed than you were before exercising because physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals. Exercise also boosts your confidence and improves your self-esteem because regular exercise makes you look better and feel better.


Exercise fights off chronic diseases:

Physical activity could prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, and osteoporosis among other chronic diseases. Regular physical activity also boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol while decreasing triglycerides, meaning that your cholesterol will also benefit from exercise. This will lower the buildup of plaques in your arteries because it'll keep your blood flowing smoothly.


Exercise helps manage weight:

Physical activity helps you get rid of extra weight because as we all know when you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. Working out doesn't have to take a lot of your time; for instance, you can try walking during your lunch break, you can take the stairs instead of the elevator, and you can do jumping jacks during commercials if you're watching TV, or better yet, you can turn off the TV and take a short walk. You should keep in mind that you can burn calories by your accumulated physical activity throughout the day.


Exercise increases the energy level:

Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. As a matter of fact, regular exercise helps your entire cardiovascular system work more efficiently, including the circulation of blood through your blood vessels and heart.


Exercise promotes better sleep:

Physical activity during the day can help you sleep better, which in turn improves concentration, mood and productivity. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep and deepen your sleep. However, if you exercise too close to bedtime, you may be too energized to go to sleep. You can try exercising earlier in the day if you're having trouble falling asleep.


Exercise can improve your sex life:

Physical activity can help you in case you're feeling too tired to have sex or if you're feeling too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy. Regular physical activity can have a positive effect on your sex life by making you feel energized and look better. In addition, men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction, particularly as they get older, and as for women, it can lead to enhanced arousal.


Exercise can be fun, for example you can go for a walk with your whole family on a Sunday afternoon.


Prepared By: Dr. Mehyar Al-Khashroum
Edited By: Miss  Araz Kahvedjian

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