We all know exercise is good for us, but how good? It isn’t always easy to add exercise to a busy day, even when research shows that even small amounts of exercise (20 minutes of exercise three times a week) makes a difference. Let’s take a quick look at a handful* of the ways exercise makes us happier and healthier—and then maybe we’ll decide it’s worth the effort to make exercise a priority!
- Exercise controls weight
It’s common sense. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories, and the more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. Therefore, exercise can help prevent weight gain or maintain weight loss.
- Exercise boosts energy
Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.
- Exercise improves mood
Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that can cause feelings of happiness and relaxation. People who exercise regularly also often feel better about their appearance, which can boost confidence and improve self-esteem.
- Exercise promotes better sleep
Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and enjoy a deeper sleep. Pay attention to timing, however. Exercising too close to bedtime can make it harder for some people to fall asleep.
- Exercise combats health conditions and diseases
Regular exercise strengthens your body and helps prevent or manage numerous health problems and concerns.
See? Adding exercise to your priority list really is worth it! Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program. And one more thing—combining exercise with mindful and deliberate eating, including E. EXCEL products, makes an even greater difference in your health!
*This information is reported by the Mayo Clinic; more information can be found at http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389