The benefits of physical exercise are endless. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep our bodies and minds healthy, but it is important to ‘exercise right’ to avoid injury.
Exercise Right Week is an annual public awareness campaign created by Exercise & Sports Science Australia, and this year’s theme is “Movement is Medicine”. Its aim is to highlight the importance of exercise, physical activity and movement for our mental and physical health.
Here are some benefits of staying active from our home doctor experts at House Call Doctor.
Improved mental health
Regular exercise can be extremely beneficial for your mental health. It can help:
- Block negative thoughts or distract from daily worries
- Increase social contact through exercising with others
- Increase endorphins and serotonin to help stress, anxiety and depression
- Lift your mood and improve sleep quality.
Exercising can help reduce weight gain through burning calories regularly. Although the more intense the exercise, the more calories you will burn, it can be easy to maintain your weight by getting active throughout the day. Try taking the stairs instead of the lift or walk to work instead of driving.
Reduced risks of health conditions and diseases
Regular exercise can help prevent and/or manage many health conditions, particularly heart disease and high blood pressure through boosting your ‘good’ cholesterol. Other conditions and diseases exercise can benefit are:
- Metabolic syndrome
- Type 2 diabetes
Increased brain health and memory
Consistent movement which increase your heart rate can improve your brain function, including your memory and thinking skills. It can also stimulate the production of hormones that enhance the growth of brain cells.
Improved strength, bone and joint health
Regular physical activity can help build and maintain strong muscles and healthy bones. As you age, you tend to lose muscle mass and function which can lead to injuries and disabilities. Exercising can help build bone density when you’re young to decrease your risk of osteoporosis later in life.
For more information visit https://exerciseright.com.au/.