1- Exercise increases dopamine. Exercise kicks up your endorphins, those feel-good chemicals your body produces naturally. Sheri Kay wrote in an article on Demand Media titled “Exercise and Its Effects on Seratonin & Dopamine Levels.” She states “According to “Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,” exercise might prevent Parkinson’s disease, or at least slow its progression. A study published in 2007 in “Neurobiology of Disease” suggests the biological mechanism might be due to changes in the brain’s uptake of dopamine. Exercise might also reduce anxiety. According to Mayo Clinic, exercise might increase your confidence, offer more social interaction and take your mind off worries.”
2- Exercising just three times per week can help you lose weight. Low to moderate exercising will burn less calories than vigorous activities. You can torch calories quicker by doing higher intensity training such as sprinting. If you are just starting out take it slow. Consistency is the aim for losing weight and keeping it off permanently.
3- Exercising promotes cardiovascular health. In an article by Jonathan Myers, PhD for the American Heart Association, he writes “Over the past 4 decades, numerous scientific reports have examined the relationships between physical activity, physical fitness, and cardiovascular health. Expert panels, convened by organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Heart Association (AHA), along with the 1996 US Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, reinforced scientific evidence linking regular physical activity to various measures of cardiovascular health. The prevailing view in these reports is that more active or fit individuals tend to develop less coronary heart disease (CHD) than their sedentary counterparts. If CHD develops in active or fit individuals, it occurs at a later age and tends to be less severe.”
4- Exercising can reduce your risk for cancer. Research has shown that physical activity reduces risk of colon cancer by about 50 percent, and it plays a role in lowering risk of other cancers says the US Department of Health. The Mayo Clinic Staff writes in an article titled “Cancer Prevention, 7 tips to reduce your risk”, “Maintaining a healthy weight might lower the risk of various types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, colon and kidney. Physical activity counts too. In addition to helping you control weight, physical activity on its own might lower the risk of breast cancer and colon cancer.”
5- Exercising can increase muscular strength. Webmd writer, Barbara Russi Sarnataro declares “For a balanced fitness program, strength training is essential. It can slow the muscle loss that comes with age, build the strength of your muscles and connective tissues, increase bone density, cut your risk of injury, and help ease arthritis pain. Studies from the Center for Disease Control have found that muscle-building exercise can also improve balance, reduce the likelihood of falls, improve blood-sugar control, and improve sleep and mental health.”