Why exercise is good for the mind and body

You've probably heard countless times how exercise is "good for you." But did you know that it can actually help you to feel good, too? Getting the right amount of exercise lifts energy levels and helps to improve your mood.

STAY MOTIVATED: If you struggle to get off the couch, then an exercise group or gym in your area may be what you need.

STAY MOTIVATED: If you struggle to get off the couch, then an exercise group or gym in your area may be what you need.

Experts recommend a minimum of 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day to achieve desired results.

Exercise benefits every part of the body, including the mind. Exercising causes the body to produce endorphins, chemicals that interact with the brain. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body and can help a person to feel more peaceful and happy.

Exercise can help some people sleep better. It can also help some people who have mild depression or anxiety and low self-esteem. 

Exercising can help you look better. People who exercise burn more calories and look more toned than those who don't. In fact, exercise is one of the most important aspects of keeping your body at a healthy weight.

Exercise helps people lose weight and lower the risk of some diseases. Exercising to maintain a healthy weight decreases a person's risk of developing certain diseases, including Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. These diseases, which used to be found mostly in adults, are becoming more common in teens.

Exercise can help a person age well. This may not seem important now, but your body will thank you later. Women are especially prone to a condition called osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones) as they get older. Studies have found that weight-bearing exercise such as  jumping, running, or brisk walking keeps bones strong.

A well-balanced exercise routine ideally includes regular aerobic exercise, strength training, and flexibility training.

Aerobic exercise is any type of exercise that gets the heart pumping and quickens breathing. In turn, this delivers oxygen to all parts of your body.

Stay Motivated

If you struggle to get off the couch, then an exercise group or gym in your area may be what you need. Choose from a range of exercises such as walking, running, sailing, cycling, tennis or swimming.

Lifting weights under supervision builds our muscles and allows us to perform day-to-day functions without an effort or needing assistance.  Stretching and toning keeps muscles and tendons flexible to prevent injury. 

If motivation is your sticking point, then join a group in your area who can help pull you off the couch and into your sneakers. Regular group exercise sessions are social as well as beneficial to your long-term health and can help to spur you on to keep going.