【Dr Claudia Ng, BSc, DC - 7 Benefits of Doing Exercises】 Thursday, November 05, 2020

Regular Exercises can boost immunity and promote longevity

There are so many advantages that you can derive from regular physical activity. Allocate 30 to 60 minutes 3 to 5 times each week to get the best results. People generally live longer, look and feel better as well as perform work more optimally when the body is fit and healthy. Here are 7 great effects.

1. Exercises help you stay fit

Exercise effectively burns fat and helps you maintain a healthy weight and fit body. Individuals can reward themselves more by eating extra calories each day without having to worry about obesity or being overweight. Cardiovascular mixed with weight training is the best approach.

2. Exercises help prevent diseases

Regular physical activity improves blood circulation, works the lungs and heart and boosts the immune system. You can also keep cholesterol levels down and get rid of toxins in the body thereby preventing serious and common illnesses like cancer, heart problems and diabetes.

3. Exercises increase your physical endurance

Since exercising regularly works out the heart and boosts strength and endurance, you can tolerate work and activities more. You will notice improved performance when playing sports and added energy when doing daily tasks.

4. Exercises can improve your mental state

Exercising also improves the way you think because of the better circulation of blood toward the brain. Chemicals in the brain as well as neurotransmitters are balanced properly so you feel good about yourself and can focus and concentrate better.

5. Exercises help relieve stress

People need to hit the gym or go for a run 30 minutes 3 times a week at least to experience the stress-relieving benefits of exercise. Find a sport or activity you personally enjoy. You can also work out with family and friends or take your dog out for a brisk walk. Be creative.

6. Exercises can improve your sleep

Exercise triggers the release of Endorphin, a powerful hormone that relaxes the nervous system. It helps you sleep better so you feel well-rested in the morning. If you suffer from insomnia or have trouble getting deep sleep, try light exercises like stretching or a brisk walk as a start, and gradually build up the intensity as your body accommodates to the activity level. Avoid intense exercises at least 3 hours before bedtime, or else the high adrenaline level will disrupt sleep and you're back to square one!

7. Exercises promote longevity

Exercise generally adds 5 years to a person’s life (1). According to several studies, people can reduce the chances of or prevent illnesses like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and stroke when burning fat and calories each day. Individuals also recover faster when they exercise. They can cope with signs and symptoms very quickly and do not experience these in the same intensity as sedentary individuals.

Look for an activity you personally enjoy then set a schedule so you can meet your health and physical needs.

The Lancet, Volume 378, Issue 9798, Pages 1244 - 1253, 1 October 2011


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