Working out has many benefits and today, we are going to share 25 of them. It’s not just about the looks, it’s about your life.
It increases your life span
Studies show that an active lifestyle can increase your lifespan by up to 1.8 years.
It decreases overall injuries.
The more a person is used to working out, the less injury prone he/she becomes as you develop your core, balance, and strength.
It decreases the levels of anxiety.
Exercise calms anxiety the same way it reduces stress and improves mood, by encouraging the creation of endorphins.
It will help you cope with depression.
Many studies show that regular exercise benefits people who suffer from depression. As the body releases endorphins during exercise, it triggers a positive feeling in the body that helps ward off depression.
It enhances self esteem.
Exercise helps boost one’s self esteem by creating a positive body image that is healthier, toned, and aesthetically pleasing.
It enhances mood.
According to studies, regular exercise serves as an effective mood enhancer. When a person begins a workout, his heart rate rises and the brain releases chemicals that promote good mood and induce feelings of well-being, causing euphoria as it soothes ruffled neurons in the brain that contribute to bad mood.
It reduces stress.
Exercise and stress are directly related to each other. In almost any form, workout can serve as a stress reliever as it helps boost feel-good endorphins in the body.
It increases mobility for people who suffer from arthritis.
Health experts recommend an arthritis exercise program for people who suffer from arthritis. This program involves exercises that ease pain and stiffness caused by the condition. These exercises are also intended to reduce joint pain and promote the flexibility of the joints.
It decreases the risk of developing obesity.
One of the major factors that contribute to obesity is sedentary lifestyle. When a person lacks physical activity, they tend to crave more food, resulting in weight gain (and the fact that you are not burning those extra calories does not help either).
It increases metabolism
A higher metabolism helps burn fat and one of the safest way to increase your metabolism is by increasing your muscle mass. Muscle cells are up to eight times more metabolically active than fat cells, meaning muscle burns more calories than fat.
It slows sarcopenia.
Regular workout plays a significant role in controlling the underlying mechanisms of sarcopenia, which refers to the condition where muscles are lost with aging. The primary treatment to this condition, according to health experts, is exercise, particularly strength and resistance training.
It improves musculoskeletal health.
Exercise helps improve the musculoskeletal system as it enables the muscles to increase in size and strength significantly.
It improves bone mineral density and decreases the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Health experts recommend daily exercise for people who suffer from osteoporosis. Working out regularly promotes better bone mineral density as it builds and maintains the thickness of the bones. Types of exercises that are ideal for osteoporosis patients are resistance, flexibility and weight-bearing exercises.
It makes you smarter
Studies show that exercise is directly associated with how smart you are. In fact, the latest neuroscience suggests exercise does more to bolster thinking than thinking does by building a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhances cognitive flexibility.
It lowers the incidence of colon cancer.
People who spend more time walking and engaging in other physical activities are less likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer than those who do not. Furthermore, studies show that physically active men who develop colon cancer have a higher chance of survival because the levels of insulin and other hormones in the body are well regulated.
It lowers the incidence of breast cancer.
According to studies, women who work out regularly have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. Because exercise helps in weight control, postmenopausal women who exercise regularly are leaner and have lower estrogen levels, which is a major factor in the prevention of breast cancer.
It lessens the risk of having a stroke.
An active lifestyle reduces the risk of stroke by as much as 80 % as it improves the health of blood vessels.
It improves HDL (good cholesterol).
While exercise helps decrease bad cholesterol levels, it also helps boost good cholesterol levels. HDL or high-density lipoproteins pick up excess cholesterol in the blood and deliver them to the liver where they are broken down. The more a person engages in exercise, the more his HDL levels increase.
It decreases total cholesterol.
When a person is overweight, he tends to have higher low-density lipoprotein levels in the blood, which is the kind of cholesterol that is linked to heart disease. The more a person exercises, the more he loses weight and gets rid of bad cholesterol.
It improves blood triglycerides.
Regular aerobic exercise is an effective way to lower the levels of bad triglycerides in the blood, which is a major risk factor in the development of heart disease. Furthermore, in spite of the fact that weight training has not been shown to lower triglycerides specifically, it does add more muscle to your body. More muscles means your body burns more calories, resulting in weight loss which helps in reducing triglyceride levels.
It reduces blood pressure.
Exercise is one of the best ways to lower blood pressure. By jogging or going to the gym regularly, a person helps strengthen their heart, and a stronger heart pumps blood with less effort. The less effort the heart exerts in pumping blood, the lower the blood pressure.
It improves glucose metabolism.
When a person works out, their hormonal levels shift and homeostasis is disrupted. This disruption induces the metabolism of glucose (sugar) in the body as well as other energy-bearing molecules so that glucose can provide energy to various cells and tissues.
Reduces the risk of diabetes.
Based on recent studies, working out reduces the risk of diabetes in women by 33%.
It also helps manage diabetes
Working out also helps the body use insulin more efficiently.
It helps improve cardiovascular health.
Studies show that physical activity is directly related to cardiovascular health and helps ward off cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart diseases (CHD).