Do I Really Need to Exercise?

You’re a woman on the go. You work hard. You take care of your family. You watch what you eat. So, you’re wondering if you really need to exercise.

The answer is, yes you do.

While most people think weight loss is the only reason to exercise, there are many other benefits to regular activity. From giving your skin a healthy glow to reducing the risk of certain cancers, regular physical activity can do wonders for your body.

Minimize the Risk of Dementia

Multiple studies have reported links between patients who remain active and a reduced danger of developing dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, physical activity improves the cognitive function in seniors and can potentially lower the risk of developing cognitive impairment. Physical activity that includes memory and concentration, like dance or yoga classes, are especially beneficial for those with an increased risk or family history of Alzheimer’s.

Reduce Osteoporosis Likelihood With Exercise

Exercise, especially load-bearing activities like weight lifting, jogging, step aerobics, hiking, stair climbing, and racquet sports are ideal. Because they strengthen the bones and muscles, load-bearing activities are one of the most important things you can do to prevent osteoporosis.

Stave Off Muscle Loss

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tells us that our bodies change as we get older. We no longer build muscle as efficiently as we did in our youth, and the muscle we already have can break down much quicker. That’s why participating in regular exercise as we age is so important. It doesn’t just help us maintain our current muscle mass; it can assist us in increasing it!

Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

It’s a proven fact – exercise helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise can aid in relaxation, make you feel better, and keep anxiety and depression at bay. Exercise releases the endorphins and neurotransmitters that ease anxiety and depression. The increased body temperature that comes from working out is known to calm frazzled nerves.

Improves Digestion

Exercise helps the intestinal muscles work more efficiently by breaking down food with greater ease, according to the Gastroenterological Society of Australia. Working on your tummy muscles can help reduce that sluggish feeling often experienced after a big meal, and even assist in the prevention of constipation.

You don’t have to train like an Olympian, but exercise can have a positive impact on your life – and that will extend to the lives of those who depend on you. Thirty minutes of exercise five times a week can have a profound impact on your quality of life. Try starting off by enjoying an early morning walk to reduce stress and start your day on the right foot!

Before starting any exercise program, it’s wise to make sure you don’t have an underlying medical condition. Call the friendly experts at Southtowns Radiology today; they’ll help get you moving.

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