5 Reasons Why You Should Exercise

We all know that exercise is good for you, but I thought it might be a good idea to take a refresher on specific reasons why physical activity can benefit your body. Whether you love exercising or not, you can’t deny the slew of benefits that come with getting your body moving regularly. Here are my top five reasons why you should do your best to pencil in physical activity as part of your daily routine.

Reduces Blood Pressure

Give your heart a workout! High blood pressure, or hypertension, is caused by increased plaque in the arteries that builds up from eating a high-fat, unhealthy diet. By making your heart a stronger muscle, it has a greater ability to pump blood through the arteries. Exercise also attacks plaque, so when your blood arteries widen, your blood flows through more freely and your blood pressure eventually starts to drop.

Reduces Body Fat

I think this might be the main reason why most people exercise! It’s true – proper exercise combined with a nutritious diet can help you lose body fat. If you’re overweight or obese now, a regular program of aerobic exercise can help reduce your fat as your muscle burns off more calories, speeding up your metabolism.

Strengthens Bones and Muscle Mass

As we age, we lose bone density and muscle mass - its a part of aging just like loosing eye sight and skin elasticity. Strength training can increase bone mass and lean muscle. It could take up to 12 weeks for these benefits to be realized.  Spend no less than an hour a week of increasingly strenuous weight lifting, and your bones and muscles will maintain and increase in strength, which will greatly benefit you as you age.

Improves Mood

Aerobic exercise causes your body’s endorphins— natural “feel good” neurotransmitters – to kick in after about 20 minutes of training. As your levels of endorphins increase, your feelings of worry and anxiety can start to diminish. That’s I recommend taking an exercise break first if you’re feeling overwhelmed. A quick workout might help you take on a new perspective with renewed energy.

Boosts Memory

Many studies show that regular physical exercise helps your neurons stay in shape, especially in the memory areas of your brain.  Thanks to a general lowering of cortisol (the stress hormone), and improved mood and anxiety levels, your memory skills can improve from regular workouts.

Have you ever experienced these benefits before after starting a regular exercise regime? How are you exercising today? Shoot me an email at alison@alisonandco.com! Happy Moving!

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