When it comes to exercising, you know it’s right for your body, but exercising also benefits your mind and soul.
It’s easy to forget the importance of exercise with life demands, such as work, school, children, etc. Do you find yourself saying the following: “I’ll exercise tomorrow. I’m too busy and too tired.” Even if you don’t have 30 minutes or more to exercise, just engaging in physical activity for 10–15 minutes multiple times a day will improve your life. Check out these 5 reason regular exercise can be beneficial for your self-care.
1) Improve your brain function and memory
Exercise increases your heart rate, which causes the flow of oxygen and blood to your brain. The blood flow boosts your memory and enhances your learning, mood, and thinking. According to a 2020 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 15 participants ages 60 or older had 47 percent improvement in memory after enduring 12 months of aerobic exercise training.
2) Exercise controls excess weight gain
Exercise can help maintain weight loss and prevent unwanted weight gain. Engaging in regular physical activity burns calories. If you add a brisk walk for 15 minutes, at least two times a day, you can burn about 150 calories. Performing some form of activity is better than nothing at all. The more physical activity you do, the more calories you burn. Consistency is a major key to benefiting from physical activity.
3) Exercise boosts your mood
Have a stressful day at work? A brisk walk or a workout session at the gym can help. Physical activity releases chemicals called endorphins in your body, which can make you feel relaxed and happy.
Physical activity also aids in fighting against depression and anxiety. A 2004 study shows that 30 depressed men and women were given a six-week exercise intervention to walk 30-40 minutes three times per week. The results showed there was a noticeable decrease in depression in each person.
4) Exercise prevents illness
Exercising helps fight stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and different types of cancer. Physical activity boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as the “good” cholesterol, and it lowers unhealthy triglycerides.
Regular physical activity strengthens your immune system making it possible to help fight off colds and other infections. Low to moderate exercising such as brisk walking, light jogging, and cycling boosts your immune system.
5) Exercise improves your sex life
Are you experiencing a bit of lackluster in the bedroom? Regular physical activity may boost your energy level and arousal. Research has shown that women who are physically active experience greater sexual desire and satisfaction than sedentary women.
Exercise has also proven to be a natural way to prevent erectile dysfunction for men. A study showed 78 sedentary middle-aged men reported improved sexual activity and more satisfaction after nine months of regular aerobic exercise.
The reality of exercise and self-care
Exercise is a natural way to boost your health, prevent illness, and instantly feel better. It is recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services to perform a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, or combine moderate and vigorous activity. You should perform strength training exercises for all muscle groups twice a week. It’s suggested that you spread aerobic activities and strength training throughout a week.
The more you exercise, the better the health benefits, but if you are short on time, 10 minutes of physical activity throughout the day can also provide health benefits. Remember, any activity is better than nothing. It is essential to make regular exercise a part of your daily routine for your overall self-care.