The Health Benefits of Physical Exercise
Chances are high that you’ve been told that exercise is good for your health. But do you know just how good for your health it is? The benefits of exercise start the moment you head out the door for your workout, and continue on for months, weeks, and years to come.
According to the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX, doing just 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week adds six years to your life. How is this possible? Well, the benefits of exercise go far beyond looking good in your swimsuit for spring break.
Exercise benefits many aspects of your life, from sleep quality to energy level and beyond. Make today the day you get off the couch and get it in gear. It can truly add years to your life and life to your years!
10 Benefits of Exercise
1. Happiness boost. A study conducted by Penn State University found that people who exercised had happier feelings than those who did not exercise. They also found that it didn’t matter whether the exercise was at a light pace or vigorous, all that mattered was the participants got up and got moving!
They also found that the participants were happier on the days they chose to exercise harder than usual. The moral of this story? Get off the couch and go to the gym!
2. Goal setting. Exercise is a great way to learn how to set measurable, attainable goals. If you’re into running, set a time to beat for your next race. Enjoy CrossFit? Set a goal for your deadlift PR. Just starting out with exercise? Set a goal to work out a certain number of times each week.
Learning to set attainable and measurable goals is an important lifeskill! These goals also are great motivators to not give up on your fitness journey.
3. Reduce risk of heart disease. A meta-review of several trials and studies conducted in 2013 found that no statistically noticeable differences existed among participants who exercised versus those who were given medication to prevent heart disease and pre-diabetes.
4. Better sleep. Exercise helps give you energy during the day and brings on deeper and more quality sleep at night. If you don’t notice immediate changes in your sleep, don’t give up on your exercise routine. Studies show it can take up to four months for exercise to positively effect sleep. Find a great exercise routine and stick with it!
5. Increased energy. Ready for some backwards science? Researchers found that when you’re exhausted, you need to work in some low-intensity exercise. Even just talking a walk around the neighborhood proved to give participants a 20 percent energy boost and dropped their levels of fatigue.
6. Live longer. It makes sense that exercising helps people live longer. When our bodies are in their best shape, they function better!
Research released in 2012 which studied more than 650,000 people found that just 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week, increased the average life span by 3.4 years. That’s just 150 minutes of your week to add more than 3 years to your life!
If 30 minutes, 5 times a week sounds too intimidating, exercising for only 10 minutes each day of the week can add an extra 1.8 years to your life.
Exercising for an hour a day, 5 days a week proved to add 4.2 years to the average lifespan.
7. Better performance at work. University of Bristol researchers found that employees who exercised before work or during their lunch breaks had better skills to handle whatever the day threw their way.
This same study also stated that employees’ moods were better on the days they exercised, and that they were more anxious on non-exercise days.
8. Increased self-confidence. Physical exercise helps people feel better in their own skin. In fact, science proves it! A study done by the University of Florida found that, “the simple act of exercise and not fitness itself can convince you that you look better.”
This means that no matter where you are in your fitness journey, physical exercise can help give you a confidence boost each time you look in the mirror. Isn’t 30 minutes of your day worth feeling better about yourself? We think so.
9. Improved memory. A study done in 2014 found that aerobic exercise actually increases the size of the hippocampus. This part of the brain is in charge of memory and learning.
Not only will exercise help get your physically fit, but it will help you get mentally fit as well!
10. Increased strength and mobility. Most adults tend to head straight for the cardio machines at the gym. If they don’t head to the gym for their workout, they lace up their shoes and go for a walk or a run. While cardio is great, strength training also has excellent health benefits.
Yoga, bodyweight exercises, and lifting weights all help build muscle strength and muscle mass. This is so important as people age! It helps bones stay strong and increases your metabolism!
Stretching is also a great component of exercise. As stretching increases your body’s range of motion and flexibility, it also helps reduce the risk of injury during physical exercise.
Stretching has also proven to increase blood flow and circulation and lower the risk of heart disease. Not sure where to start with adding stretching to your daily routine? Check out the infographic below. Hold each stretch for 10-30 seconds and repeat 3-5x.
Healing Hands Chiropractic Can Help With Your Exercise Needs
Dr. Dee and her staff at Healing Hands Chiropractic in Murfreesboro, Tennessee are trained and equipped to help with all your chiropractic needs.
Chiropractic care has proven to be a safe, natural, and effective way to improve sports performance, prevent injuries, and even boost energy.
A properly aligned spine equals a properly functioning nervous system. This allows your body to perform its best, while you get an incredible workout in!
Contact our offices today at 615-203-3505 to schedule your appointment. Today is the day to start stepping up your physical exercise routine. It can add years to your life, and life to your years!