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Why Exercise?

Updated: Aug 18, 2023

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Exercise is any physical activity that aims to improve or maintain physical fitness and overall health. It can include a wide range of activities such as jogging, swimming, cycling, weightlifting, yoga, or playing sports. Regular exercise has numerous benefits for the body and mind, including:

1. Improved cardiovascular health: Exercise helps strengthen the heart and lungs, improves blood circulation, and reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.

2. Weight management: Regular exercise can help burn calories and maintain a healthy weight. It can also help build muscle, which boosts metabolism and makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight.

3. Increased muscular strength and endurance: exercises such as weightlifting or resistance training help build lean muscle mass, improve muscle tone, and increase overall strength and endurance.

4. Better bone health: Weight-bearing exercises such as jogging or hiking can help improve bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

5. Enhanced mental well-being: Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. It can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, and boost overall mental well-being.

6. Improved cognitive function: Regular physical activity has been linked to better memory, increased attention span, and improved cognitive function.

7. Reduced risk of chronic diseases: Regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and metabolic syndrome.

8. Increased energy levels: Regular physical activity can help increase energy levels and reduce feelings of fatigue.

9. Better sleep: Exercise can improve sleep quality and help regulate sleep patterns, resulting in better overall rest and recovery.

10. Increased longevity: Regular exercise has been associated with a longer lifespan and reduced risk of premature death.

It is recommended that we engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week, along with muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise routine, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

When in doubt - just move! Motion is lotion!

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