5 Benefits of Physical Activity in Addition to Weight Loss?

April 22, 2013 | By More

Regular physical activity is an excellent tool for people who want to lose weight and it also offers many benefits for our bodies. It helps you reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It can help you feel better by boosting your energy levels, and improves your self-esteem among many other positive things. In this post let’s discuss a few of the positive effects regular exercise can have on our bodies.

Lets take a look at 5 benefits of physical activity:

#1. Exercise is Good for the Brain.

Happy woman experiencing one of the 5 Benefits of Physical Activity

According to Christin Anderson, MS, fitness and wellness coordinator of the University of San Francisco, exercise has a significant positive impact on many areas within the nervous system. Anderson explains: “when one exercises, you can think more clearly, perform better and morale is better. This is pure science — stimulate your nervous system and perform at a higher level”.

#2. Exercise Helps you Feel more Active.

Regular physical activity strengthens your cardiovascular system. This helps your heart and lungs work better which generally increases the overall energy levels of the human body. In other words, physical activity helps you have a healthier body and this will give you more energy to do the things you enjoy. That is not only good for your health, but also for those around you who will enjoy the positive vibe of your company. Here are 5 ideas to exercise at home that may be useful: Ideas for cardio at home

#3. Strong and Healthy Bones.

Lifting weights regularly has three main benefits for overall bone health. First, it stimulates bone formation. Second, it strengthens your muscles which help protect your bone structure; and third, it improves your overall balance and coordination, this reduces the risk of bone injuries caused by accidental falls.

Let’s not forget that weight lifting exercises work on specific muscle areas. Because of this, it is important to do a variety of exercises that include the upper, middle and lower section of your body. Unless you want the “massive arms – tiny legs” look, make sure to have some variety in your gym workouts.

#4. Regular Physical Activity improves your Health.

Exercising regularly has several positive effects on overall health. One of them is preventing or managing high blood pressure, decreasing triglycerides and boosting HDL cholesterol (also known as “good cholesterol”). Additionally, exercise promotes the growth of blood vessels (known as Angiogenesis) and this has several benefits for our body tissues and organs.

#5. Having a Positive Attitude.

Another great benefit of regular exercise is how it stimulates the production of certain brain chemicals that may help you feel happy and relaxed (I’m sure you have noticed this, haven’t you?) Besides feeling better, you also look better and this can have significant positive impact on your confidence and self esteem.

Apart from all the great benefits mentioned in this article, regular physical activity is also an excellent excuse to spend quality time with friends and family that will have a positive impact on your physical and social health. Possibilities are endless, setting time aside for a weekly family bicycling hour, or a monthly family hike is a fun way to stay active. Just be creative and plan ahead with the people you love.

Have you had positive experiences with physical activity? What’s your favorite way to exercise? Would you like to say hello? Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section at the end of this post. I would love to hear from you, it is always nice to meet interesting readers.

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