The benefits of physical fitness far outweigh the inconveniences of “making time” to exercise and getting used to daily exercise. Start today. Work out at your own pace, steadily building your tolerance for physical activity, and you’ll wonder why you ever thought of the idea of daily exercise as an inconvenience!
What’s Physical Activity?
Playing sports, pumping iron at the gym, and other common forms of regular exercise aren’t the only forms of physical activity. Daily exercise, particularly when you’re just starting out, can include walking or biking places instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing housework, and gardening outdoors.
Regular exercise can lead to both immediate and long-term benefits.
Benefit #1: Fights Obesity
Burning calories through sports (or even just walking), coupled with a healthy diet, will help you will lose weight and fight obesity.
Benefit #2: Elevates Your Mood
Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel better and fight stress and depression.
Benefit #3: Reduces Risk of Disease
People who participate in regular exercise have a decreased risk of developing:
- heart disease
- metabolic syndrome
- colon cancer
- lung cancer
- breast cancer
Benefit #4: Builds Stronger Joints and Bones
When you’re active, you put higher demand on your bones and muscles, which strengthens them.
Benefit #5: Improves Your Sleeping Habits
Because your body temperature drops slightly after cooling off, you will sleep deeper and fall asleep more easily when you work out hours before bedtime.
Benefit #6: A Healthier, Longer Life
All together, the benefits lead you to increase your chance of leading a healthier, longer life.
How Much Daily Exercise?
When you’re first starting out, even as much as 15 minutes of regular exercise per day can lead to health benefits. Gradually, work your way up to 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise, and you will fight obesity and see the benefits of physical activity firsthand.